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The Ground Beneath Her Feet

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  9,544 Ratings  ·  535 Reviews
In this brilliant remaking of the myth of Orpheus, Salman Rushdie tells the love story of Vina Aspara, a famous and much-loved singer, and Ormus Cama, an extraordinary songwriter and musician, who captivate and change the world through their music and their romance. Beginning in Bombay in the 1950s, moving to vibrant London in the '60s, and frenzied New York for the last q ...more
Published April 2000 by Picador USA (first published 1999)
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Dec 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

This was exceptionally well done. A+ for plan and execution Mr. Rushdie.

Reading Salman Rushdie makes me want to take an advanced mythology class. He really uses it well. According to Wiki, it is a variation on the Orpheus/Eurydice myth with rock music replacing Orpheus' lyre. The myth works as a red thread from which the author sometimes strays, but to which he attaches an endless series of references. I feel like I maybe got half the references. Thanks to my recent read of The Sandman
Aug 06, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Knew it was my favorite book ever as soon as I read it. Read all the others I'd said that about again just to be sure. It was. Rushdie's polyglot wordplay and his gift for pun (Why is it that multi-lingual writers like Rushdie and Nabokov are the most exceptional punsters?) are irrepressible. It's a transcontinental, slightly-fantastical elseworld story in which making music seems the most important thing a person can do. Add to it all the burbling, effusive joy with which Rushdie handles langua ...more
Luís C.
A strange and abounding novel, which plunges us into the destiny of an imaginary rock band, whose two leaders, united and torn by a love story, gradually change the face of the world.
The story is mainly due to the fantastic pinch which the author has sprinkled, the group's inspirer being in contact with a mysterious parallel dimension that gradually invades the narrative.
In the end, a book that is worth the detour, especially for what you learn about India, but not always easy, especially in the
Sarah Anne
Having only read Midnight's Children by this author before, I was actually a tiny bit terrified of trying this one, especially on audio. It wasn't nearly as hard to follow so the audio ended up being an excellent option.

The story is told by a man named Rai and covers the time from his first sight of Vina until after her death. It tells the story of two lovers, Vina and Ormus, whose music is so compelling that it changes the world. Throughout the story we also know that Rai is in love with Vina a
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tutti abbiamo qualcosa che ci sostiene a questo mondo, ma se quel qualcosa viene meno allora che si fa?
Saremo gli Ormus Cama della situazione o i Rai?
Si può vivere attaccati ad un ricordo e inseguendolo?
O si deve andare avanti?
Cosa succede quando la terra sotto i tuoi piedi inghiotte quello che hai di più caro?
Hai perso solo quello o anche te stesso?
E quel qualcosa è mai stato veramente tuo?
Fin dove può arrivare un amicizia?

Rushdie cerca di rispondere a tutto questo e a molto più...
Ecco perc
Petra Eggs
I either love or hate Salman Rushdie. This book comes into the second category.

I'll never finish this book nor Haroun and the Sea of Stories, nor the Satanic Verses. Life is too short to plough through more than the first 50 pages if you haven't got into it by that stage. On the other hand though, I will probably reread Shame and Midnight's Children once in a while, I loved those books.
Dec 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people interested in music and epic novels
I think Rushdie can be a bit daunting sometimes because he's really an intellectual through and through. He fills his writing with countless references to mythology and history in a way that I find rewarding but some may find difficult. Rushdie creates the story of a band and music that grows to epic proportions. We follow the story of Rai, a photographer who falls precariously in love with Vina in India while still very much a boy. He basically devotes his whole life to Vina and the language is ...more
Aug 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

i will confess that i started "satanic verses" ... key word, started. i read the first 10-15 pages, and realized that i had NO idea what i was reading. so i turned to a nifty cliff note thing on line and realized that what i had read and re-read four times was the protagonists falling through the air after their airplane kabooms ... surprising to me. and thats when i did not read anymore (maybe some other day).

i picked this one up hesitantly. i wanted to read something by rushdie, and a good fri
Tami Lynn Andrew
I really wanted to read this book, and though I haven't read much else by him, I really like Salman Rushdie.. But I just couldn't get into this. Every time I picked it up I couldn't get through more than 20 pages without putting it down and finding myself with no incentive to pick it back up again. From October 2007 until about a month ago I hadn't even gotten through half the book.

Suffice it to say I was not impressed. I felt like it was just this long-winded story of nothing. There was so much
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008, fiction, in-en
oops! i did it again. i started it for the third time. and i'm determined to finish and like it [i intend the same thing with ulysses and foucault's pendulum - i'll see about the rest]. if only i could get over the first 100 pages. wish me luck. i can't believe i paid 43.8 RON in 2005 to get this book. well, this might be just another reason for reading it ;)

U2 feat. rushdie wrote a beautiful song based on the book


"The only people who see the
Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
I walked away from this book with many feelings, but, principal among them was boredom. I have seen a lot of people labelling Tolkein's work as self indulgent. Tolkein, my friends, was lyrical. His book had heart, soul. His characters were weighed down by destiny and the strength of their choices. Rushdie, in the other hand, is self indulgent.
I have read The Moor's Last Sigh, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, The Satanic Verses and The Ground Beneath her Feet by Rushdie and this w
André Benjamim
Enquanto olho para o meu exemplar de O Chão que Ela Pisa, de Salman Rushdie, tento lembrar-me da história de Vina Apsara e Ormus Cama, narrada pelo fotógrafo Rai. Mas já não me recordo. Claro que se começasse a (re)ler, depressa se acenderia na minha memória, como num enorme salão em que as luzes se vão ligando aos poucos, até se encontrar totalmente iluminado. Foi um livro que li demoradamente. Uma ou duas semanas, porque há momentos da nossa vida enquanto leitores, em que nos bastam algumas pá ...more
Ravi Gangwani

Rushie sir, I love you so please don't mind me giving this book Three stars :)

"Those who value stability, who fear transience, uncertainly, change, have erected a powerful system of stigmas and taboos against rootlessness, that disruptive, anti-social force, so that we mostly conform, we pretend to be motivated by loyalties and solidarities we do not really feel, we hide our secret identities beneath the false skins of those identities which bear the belongers’ seal of approval.

But the truth le
Nov 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: postmoderni
"Le uniche persone che vedono tutto il quadro sono quelle che escono dalla cornice"

La terra sotto i suoi piedi è quello che manca a Vina in primo luogo, e poi a tutti i comprimari di questa ode appassionata all'immortalità dell'Amore con la A maiuscola...Vina scompare inghiottita dalla terra, ma non prima che Rai ce ne racconti ogni pensiero, gesto o segreto rimpianto, e certo non prima che il lettore abbia abbondantemente compreso che Salman Rushdie, mentre racconta di un amore per una dea, sta
Apr 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves
Orpheus and Eurydice as rock stars. Epic tale of music 'n' love.
And the deification of genius.


Also, highlights celebrity's recent secularisation. How today's stars function for community instead of idolatry.

"the point is always reached after which the gods no longer share their lives with mortal men and women, they die or wither away or retire... Now that they've gone, the high drama's over. What remains is ordinary human life."

Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-the-best
Absolute favourite. The man weaves a tale like no other. <3
Jonathanstray Stray
I’d never read Rushdie before. I can see why he has a Jihad against him — even in this book which only incidentally addresses religion, he is not shy about saying he sees no place for it. But that is beside the point. Rushdie is, truly, a brilliant writer.

The story is something about two kids from India who grow up to form the biggest rock and roll band of all time in some sort of closely-allied alternate reality, outselling even the Beatles. The themes are much wider ranging. There is the love
Jul 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ok, ok, I know Rushdie has an obvious gift for language, and almost no one can create a better pun, but this "retelling of the Orpheus myth via an alternate-reality alternative-history of rock n' roll" (whew) left me decidedly un-gripped. As other readers have discovered, almost all of the characters are unlikeable. Vina, the rock goddess who is supposedly adored by the world, is self-centered and execrable, her endlessly cuckolded husband/virtuoso guitarist Ormus Cama is a dope, and Rai the nar ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
I honestly was bored just a few pages into this one. I don't even remember finishing it. I think that as much as I loved The Satanic Verses, Midnight's Children, and The Moor's Last Sigh as well as Jaguar Nights, Imaginary Homelands, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, his other fiction just has not had the power to pull me in as much into his universe. Apparently, I am not the only one on GR to have been underwhelmed by this one so it will sink low on my to-be-read-again-when-I-am-retired-and-re ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Someone gave me this book as a college graduation gift. I never finished it back then, getting swamped with grad school work and pretty much giving up reading for pleasure for eight years. I always wanted to get back to it, but it somehow just sat on my shelf instead.

So, the in wake of the election, when I couldn't seem to focus on any of the books sitting around and knowing what I needed was a deep, involved, long story to get lost in, I picked it up again.

And, as is so often the case in my rea
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A reimagining of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in the modern world of rock & roll. There are many cultural references, but often twisted in interesting ways. Famous people appear, but in different roles than readers expect. I found this the most fun aspect of the book--wondering how many of the jokes I actually got.

Ormus Cama is a brilliant musician born in Bombay, India. The love of his life is Vina Apsara, a half-Indian woman who moves to Bombay when she is a young adolescent. The two
Dec 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Jason, Scott, Dorise, Amy, Melissa, Tina
I think this is my favorite Rushdie book yet.

No less of a deep dive into Bombay, India, Europe, current political events, religion and history than the other books of his I've read, this one adds Rock and the modern world as a central theme, and the mythical-magical, so to speak analysis of power and alternate worlds teeming with real and unreal examples of iconic ways that the world just is.

The Orpheus and Eurdike storyline this is woven around is brilliantly exhumed and turned into living roc
Jun 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greek Odyssey and Rock 'n' Roll - awesome combination and not a real surprising one either. After all, the Greek Gods of the last several decades may be Rock stars. Rushdie blends the myth of Orpheus (an actual rock god) and the story of fictional musicians, that incorporates fictional Madonnas, Jim Morrisons, Hendrix's and others. Rushdie did his hmoework for The Boss is in there and even the Girevious Angel himself. The story takes place in Europe (U.K and India) and The States. This one as a ...more
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was some good stuff in this one, and it was interestingly different from the other Rushdie works I've read, but it was a bit too sprawling for me. Maybe I took too long to read it, far longer than I normally take to read a book, but it just seemed bigger than it needed to be. This time, I didn't have as much patience for that.
Short Take: A 600-page love song to the beauty of impermanence.

If my usual choice of literature is candy, The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a 12-course meal, and I consumed it gluttonously, shamelessly, simultaneously wanting to rush to the next bite, and to savor the current taste. The interweavings of myth and music are magic, and every sentence is a poem.

The Ground Beneath Her Feet is a disorienting mix of a huge conglomeration of stories, and a very small, personal memoir. Rai is a child in Bom
Aug 31, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another wonderful feast for thought from Salman Rushdie. "Ground beneath her feet" is a long and lingering trip through the lives of 3 people, through their respective journeys of self discovery and personal tragedy.

To me, this book is more than just a love story, it is a thesis on how in modern day (largely) godless world, we take the cult celebrity figures and turn them into the pagan gods of old. Not the perfect beings far off in the sky, but the angry, nymphomaniac, jealous, obstinate g
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The ending made me cry, so I almost bumped my rating up to three stars, but "it was ok" is right for me on this one. I probably would have rated it higher if I hadn't already read and loved some of Rushdie's other stuff (Midnight's Children, Satanic Verses) and if Ground Beneath Her Feet didn't fail in ways so similar to how those books soar.

"Self-indulgent" is not a criticism that often pops into my reading head. I mean, ultimately, you could say any writing is self-indulgent. "Here are some th
Feb 16, 2016 marked it as dnf  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kobo
3) The Ground Beneath Her Feet staat bekend als Salman Rushdie's grote roman over popmuziek, maar voor mij is het vooral een grote roman over fotografie. De hoofdpersonen mogen dan zangers zijn, de verteller is fotograaf, en hij maakt een aantal mooie observaties met betrekking tot fotografie. Zodanig dat ik benieuwd raak naar de foto's die Salman Rushdie maakt. Want dat hij naast schrijver fotograaf is staat voor mij buiten kijf.

2) Enigszins los van dit boek. Telkens als ik het woord "sake" teg
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cartea asta este foarte frumoasă, din punct de vedere al limbajului. Te farmecă prin frazele lungi a la Rushdie, atât de intense, prin grandoarea și personalitatea marcantă a personajelor aproape zeificate, prin lucrurile simple descoperite în concret, prin părțile de frumos pe care ți le oferă dintr-o simplă întorsătură de frază. E ca o poezie modernă despre mitul lui Orfeu și Euridice, o punere în scenă de un farmec pe care nu ai cum să nu-l admiri, pe ritmuri de rock și de dezamăgire și iar a ...more
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun
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