Rushdie, Salman "The Satanic Verses" - 1988
A while ago, I talked to one of my blogger friends, Emma (@ Words and Peace) about Salman Rushdie and mentioned that I hadn't read this book by him. She had read and thoroughly enjoyed the last two books published by him ("Quichotte" and "Languages of Truth"), I had read "Midnight's Children" but never his earlier novels.
Emma has been buddy-reading a couple of times, so she suggested we read this together and invite others, as well.
Emma and I will be reading "The Satanic Verses" in November 2021.
"Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jumbo jet blows apart high above the English channel. Through the debris of limbs, drinks trolleys, memories, blankets, and oxygen masks, two figures fall towards the sea: Gibreel Farishta, India's legendary movie star, and Saladin Chamcha, the man of a thousand voices. Clinging to each other, singing rival songs, they plunge downward, and are finally washed up, alive, on the snow-covered sands of an English beach.
Their survival is a miracle, but an ambiguous one. Gibreel acquires a halo, while, to his dismay, Saladin's legs grow hairier, his feet turn into hooves, and hornlike appendages appear at his temples. Gibreel and Saladin have been chosen (by whom?) as opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil. But which is which? As the two men tumble through space and time towards their final confrontation, we are witness to a cycle of tales of love and passion, of betrayal and faith."
Let us know if you would like to join us.
- Each week, we’ll have a set number of pages to read. We will take turn in creating questions, and posting our answers to them.
- You can join us either by posting your answers in a comment or on your blog, or in taking turn posting questions as well.
- We will have a total of 5 posts, so it would actually be really nice to have 5 active participants, each one of us creating one set of questions.
Have you read this book?
According to you,
Is it a good representative of magical realism?