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East, West

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A rickshaw driver dreams of being a Bombay movie star; Indian diplomats, who as childhood friends hatched Star Trek fantasies, must boldly go into a hidden universe of conspiracy and violence; and Hamlet's jester is caught up in murderous intrigues. In Rushdie's hybrid world, an Indian guru can be a redheaded Welshman, while C
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1998 by Vintage (first published 1994)
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Mystic Milk Just my idea, but it's kind of a hilarious story that reads like an old-school fairy tale because the holy hair clearly has a mind of its own! The…moreJust my idea, but it's kind of a hilarious story that reads like an old-school fairy tale because the holy hair clearly has a mind of its own! The moneylender/father is not a nice dude and takes the hair for himself despite knowing that it was stolen from the temple. The hair, which is pretty terrifying, then sets about making right of things (by getting rid of all the bad guys basically, and performing various miracles of healing on others). But this is interpreted/experienced as traumatic by people involved because their twisted perspectives don't allow them to discern good/bad appropriately for the most part.(less)

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Apr 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read this book with my husband in a hosptial in India, after he had an attack from his leukemia. I read this series of short stories to him as he lay in his hospital bed. He was very ill in a foreign country, and despite these very frigthening circumstances, we laughed till we cried, convinced that this book could speak to no one else in the world more directly than to us.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I kind of breezed through this one.

East, West is a compilation of short stories written by renowned author - Salman Rushdie. This is my first book by him. I know - it's a travesty, blah blah blah. But I got my chance this time and I went with it.

Honestly I was a little nervous about how I would take to Salman Rushdie's writing style. I had heard much about it and didn't want him to disappoint me.

I wasn't.

The book divided into three parts - East, West and East, West were absolutely delightful
Oct 08, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india, 2011-read
Enjoyed the Indian "East" short stories tremendously. Somehow did not relate much (actually not at all) to the "West" stories - somehow in those, felt he was trying too hard to impress when simple is what he does best - although since I've not read Rushdie before have no clue what he does best but that was my impression - that he was trying to capture an audience not familiar with him... Maybe I failed to see the message of the collection?. "Yorrick" just didn't seem to fit in with the other the ...more
Tanya Lohia
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read 'The Prophet’s Hair' by Salman Rushdie from this book, and it has a good theme, but a very dark meaning. The story is written in Magic Realism like many other works by Rushdie. The story line and the way Rushdie is portrayed it is extremely negative. It shines a dark shadow on any form of religion, specifically orthodox Islam. Although I support freedom of expression, it is unjustified when what someone expresses explicitly attacks a particular set of people or beliefs and that is exactly ...more
My first of Salman Rushdie and I'm quite nervous about it. Heard a lot about this author and been thinking to try out reading a book or two by him but haven't had a chance, yet. But luckily I got this short stories book from the Big Bad Wolf so I guess it will do as my first reading from Salman Rushdie.

The book separated to three part-- East, West and East, West. I really love the East part, enjoyed reading all of the 3 stories-- narratives were gripping, took me into a journey of cultural and t
Yeshi Dolma
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a good collection of short stories, couple of which bordered into fantasy - which to my greater delight and surprise - I enjoyed! This book has three parts - East, West, East-West, with very different writing styles. East was a collection of stories which very much reminded me of someone like Manto - the writing style of his translated work. The themes/stories not as evocative for me. 3/5. Though the story 'the prophet's hair' in East collection was a giant ball of absurdity which I enj ...more
Yash Ghei
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Salman Rushdie uses a vast array of sophisticated narrative techniques to clarify his views about religion and its apparent stronghold on an individual’s life. The Prophet’s Hair has an almost satirical theme, often mocking individuals who absorb themselves into the world of religion. While some might perceive this as offensive and demeaning, the point of the story remains valid. Through the short story, the reader is shown a glimpse into a man whose world is run by religion, and it tries not to ...more
Pedro Varanda
Espantosamente para mim que muito admiro este grande escritor, este é um livro irregular, inferior. Colectânea de contos rápidos pretende mostrar os abismos culturais e sociais entre o oriente e o ocidente. De uma forma no entanto que não convence de todo, e que prova que este género literário não é mesmo a sua praia. Recomendo a leitura de toda a sua obra à excepção deste.
" Un sfat bun e mai de pret ca aurul"
Esther | braveliteraryworld
Jul 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: poc
- short story collection
- enjoyable but not the most amazing
- some stories were more engaging than others
- common theme: the desire for transcendence

- pacing of each story, as well as the overall collection, was great.
- Rushdie displayed an impressively wide range of writing styles.
- each story had amazing endings that were punchy and left me awed.
- "Harmony of the Spheres" was one that moved the best. Captivating beginning. Plot that moves forward (but doesn't rush). Strong ending
Susmita Kundu
Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is a collection of 9 short stories divided into 3 sections East, West and East, West. The stories in the first two sections are uniquely Eastern and Western respectively, meaning that their settings, characters and contexts uniquely belong to the life and lifestyles of the Eastern and Western hemispheres. In the last section East, West, the characters get pulled in both directions (most of them having migrated from the East to the West) and they have to choose, with a somewhat heavy heart, ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This is an average book: some of the stories are boring, but to the subject, others are written in an interesting way, but they lack something...I couldn't put my finger on this "something" and identify it. I expected this volume to be something else, but it wasn't. In fact, I think that the intention of the author was to create 3 kinds of stories: the ones specific to the East, the ones specific to the West and the ones specific to the Indians that are living abroad, but miss their customs and ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some duds ("Yorick," "Columbus,") but most of these stories show that Rushdie could have a solid career as a short-story writer if he wants to give up the novels. As the stories stretch out, they do get better; "Chekov and Zulu" is quietly tragic and the line in "The Courter" about his mother and grandmother getting robbed by the Beatles is loudly funny. Overall the "East, West" stories are the best, the "West" stories aren't generally as good, and the "East" stories fall somewhere in the middle ...more
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
est, ovest e tutto quel che c'è in mezzo

racconti divisi in sezioni: est, ovest e est-ovest, in realtà sono tutti figli di Rushdie, il quale non è nè est nè ovest e nemmeno tutti e due, è un caso unico, un indiano inglese che nei suoi libri usa le spezie della sua terra stemperandole col gelo inglese e mescolando un po' a caso riempie il piatto di qualcosa di più della somma delle due culture...

ps. Il pelo della barba del Profeta è stupendo!
Aasem Bakhshi
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
He is not at his best here, though he tried real hard; my personal parameter of Rushdie's best is Midnight's Children on the scale of his usual classical narrative and craft, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories on the scale of sheer storytelling. Perhaps some of the stories, especially two really odd ones in the 'West' failed to hit the cord because he tried too hard to carry a craft he is not good at; consequently, the narrative comes out as a fragmented assortment, which is neither imagination n ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first Rushdie book ever read, and all I can say is that i am very happy for choosing this lecture on a calm Friday afternoon.

The stories are well-written (I have mosly enjoyed the first part - The East, but overall the book is great anyway) and Rushdie knows how to combine words in an excellent mix of a true born story-teller and an exotic thinker.

5/5 stars!
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
A set of 9 Rushdie short stories. Very varied in scope, ranging from a small town rickshaw puller's tale set during the Emergency to a historical fantasy of Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella; a dystopian futuristic world where everything is on sale, to a very personal tale of an aya and her East European 'Courter' in sixties London. Rushdie can make me laugh out loud, he can make me cry and sometimes, he can just awe me with clever word play. This slim volume isn't him at his very best - b ...more
Sudaraka Pethiyagoda
i don't get it
Un sfat bun ... 4*
Radioul cadou 3*
Părul Profetului 5*
Yorick 2*
La licitația ... 2*
Cristofor Columb ... 2*
Armonia sferelor 3*
Cehov și Zulu 1*
Vajnicul 5*
Frank Kasell
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british, european
I don't often read short stories, but Rushdie has never once ceased to impress me (and, more often than not, totally bowl me over), so I figured it was worth a shot.

As expected, it was mostly magnificent. His style varies widely from story to story, demonstrating his erudition and imaginative capabilities as he jumps deftly from poignant snapshots in time to experimental postmodern monologues. As always, he writes with exuberance, precision, delicacy, joy, and occasional venom.

As other reviewer
Ishaan Pathak
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
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Sohila Samuel
Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
The excerpt 'The Prophet's Hair' from East, West by Salman Rushdie, looks at the theme of religion and how its over-influence can prove to be harmful to one self. Salman Rushdie, though he was Muslim, was against religion and uses this story to get his point across. He makes the story interesting with a gripping plot line and the conflict of getting rid of the 'prophet's hair'.

Through this short story, Rushdie explores the theme of religion through the metaphor of the 'prophet's hair'. In this s
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read "The Prophet's Hair" from Salman Rushdie's "East, West". This story bases itself on the human need/desire for money and religion.

Contrary to popular belief, Rushdie portrays religion as a dark and imprisoning force instead of a liberating one. When Hashim comes in possession of Muhammad’s hair (Rushdie’s symbol for religion), he suddenly becomes an extremely orthodox and devout Muslim. This change in Hashim is accompanied by the new constrictions he places on his family as well as the vi
Sep 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
This review is about "The Prophet's hair", one of the chapters in the book "East, West"
Briefly, the story involves a relic that is Muhammad's hair. This was stolen from Hazratbal mosque in Kashmir, and following tragedies from one's greed. I've never read or heard of Salman-bhai before. However, as I began to read this book in class, I've gained more interest in reading his writing. I'd like to give some opinions about this chapter.
Salman-bhai's style of writing is very descriptive but also meta
Deki Tenzing
Sep 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
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An early collection of geographically separated stories by Salman Rushdie. Comprising of three stories each for the segments East, West and East and West, it's an easy read, but not exactly satisfying. I would have rated it lower had it not been for the final story, The Courter. The story of a hall porter and "courter" of the narrator's ayah Mary, it is borrowed from Rushdie's own complicated life. It has shades of Midnight's Children and some of its poignancy. As such, it is the only one that r ...more
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read these short stories in danish, but Im reviewing in english for my bookclub. I also have to admit, that this book came under the cathegory Books I shy away from on my challenge for 2016 - so the 2 star rating was somewhat to be expected.

I loved this pink cover - but at the same time I have to quote " Never judge a book by its cover", in this case the cover was better than the book.

I was not impressed, only bored and bewildered, whats the point of this? I didnt get closure from any of the
Mustafa Aiglon
çok saçma, çok kişisel bir duygu ama okurken sürekli gani müjde'nin ölümsüz eseri (!) "kahpe bizans"'ın bir o kadar ölümsüz şarkısı aklıma geldi:

"doğu batı sentezinden kimseye zarar gelmez..."

neyse adeta 90'lar çöplüğü beynimin bu oyununu paylaştığıma göre; beni açıkçası hintçe seslenmeler, ünlemler, ünvanlar falan çok yordu. o yüzden kırdım zaten puanını. tabi bir de başucu kitabım olacak derecede taptığım floransa büyücüsünden sonra okudum ki; hayal kırıklığı yarattı. sakal-ı şerif öyküsü çok
Katy Wilmotte
Nov 01, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first time to read Salman Rushdie and I was thoroughly impressed. His command of language is masterful and extensive. The 'East' stories were probably my favorite as they had the most traditional format. In 'West', Rushdie began playing with language and setting a little more, and some of them were difficult for me to understand. 'East, West' stories were good, but depressing. But that I think, is just my fault, because I like happy endings.
Favorite stories: 'Yorick', 'Auction of the
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
A book of short stories, three focusing on the "East", three focusing on the "West", and three mixed between the two. I think I prefer Rushdie in the short story format; at least, I liked this book much better than the novels of his I've read. I found the three "West" stories particularly interesting. Each one focused on an aspect of what you might call modern Western mythology (Shakespeare and Hamlet, The Wizard of Oz, Christopher Columbus), but twisted and turned around, and retold in his usua ...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
“At sixteen, you still think you can escape from your father. You aren't listening to his voice speaking through your mouth, you don't see how your gestures already mirror his; you don't see him in the way you hold your body, in the way you sign your name. You don't hear his whisper in your blood.” 10 likes
“I, too, have ropes around my neck. I have them to this day, pulling me this way and that, East and West, the nooses tightening, commanding, choose, choose. I buck, I snort, I whinny, I rear, Ikick. Ropes, I do not choose between you. Lassoes, lariats, I choose neither of you, and both. Doyou hear? I refuse to choose.” 9 likes
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