The Satanic Verses

A Novel

Paperback, 561 pages

English language

Published Feb. 24, 1997 by Picador USA.

ISBN:
978-0-312-27082-7
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OCLC Number:
429390904

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4 stars (46 reviews)

Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel. Through the falling debris, two figures, Gibreel Farishta, the biggest star in India, and Saladin Chamcha, an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years, plummet from the sky, washing up on the snow-covered sands of an English beach, and proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations. --back cover

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Review of 'The Satanic Verses' on 'Storygraph'

4 stars

I listened to a fantastic old audio book version of The Satanic Verses. Somebody digitised it from a series of old cassette tapes and put it on the internet (thank you). I am not sure if it is the voice of Salman Rushdie himself, whoever it is, I would like to thank him so much for this brilliant work. 22 hours of listening pleasure during my walks to and from work. 
I always thought that this was a very serious book. But for most parts it is hilarious. It is also long winding, and I must admit that at some parts I dozed off, simply enjoying the very pleasant sound of the narrator’s voice.

Review of 'The Satanic Verses' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Overall it feels like Rushdie wanted to capture all of his thoughts on life and death and religion and spirituality and culture in one book. Sometimes it's interesting and mesmerizing, sometimes it's tedious and perplexing. As with any book that covers a complex worldview, some of it is unpleasant and I can't say I agree with Rushdie's points everywhere. But it still makes for a very thought-provoking read.

Review of 'The Satanic Verses' on 'Goodreads'

1 star

Thank goodness it's over!

I really had a hard time following this book. I'd expected a challenge going in, but I really had to force myself to finish this. In the wake of the Brexit, there were some interestingly relevant themes relating to racism, but overall, I did not find the storyline(s) especially interesting.

Review of 'The Satanic Verses' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

I picked up the audiobook simply because there was so much controversy over the book back when it was published that I was curious. Have to say, the fatwa against Rushdie probably did way more to get people to read this book than the actual merits of the book would have. It essentially follows the story of two men on a hijacked plane from India going to England, but it wanders around disjointedly and confusingly into their childhoods, their dream sequences and hallucinations, into surreal realms of magic and miracles, and does this at such length that it's downright tedious. And don't get me wrong, I don't mind a little wordiness, I read Charles Dickens for pleasure and enjoyed many of his books. But this felt like the author sat down at his keyboard and just typed days' worth of stream-of-consciousness until he ran out of ink, and didn't bother …

Review of 'The Satanic Verses' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

To celebrate Banned Book Week, the book club decided to read The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. For those who don’t know, the book tells the story of two Indian actors falling to earth, transformed into living symbols of angelic and evil. Both actors struggle to piece their lives together and this novel tries to put it all together from the terrorist hijacking that leads to them falling to earth and surviving to their live their struggles. Farishta is a Bollywood superstar and Chamcha is a voiceover artist in England but The Satanic Verses is a clash between Eastern and Western culture and the effects it has on their Hindu faith.

I started off really enjoying this book; it was bizarre and I had no idea where this book would take me but after the millionth dream sequence I did feel very lost. I don’t begin to understand the religious …

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