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6/6/19 8:24 A

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Late addition to the thread.

"The Satanic Verses" have nothing to do with Satan or Iblis. The "satanic" part comes from Rushdie's ideas of Islam, the cultures and the people it affects. How Rushdie portrayed Mohammed and his wives, as well as his views on the fundamentalist practicioners.

You should have an understanding of Islam to understand the book and why both the Shia and Sunni sides of Islam issued a fatwa.

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I was bowled over by it when it first came out - I honestly did not fathom the meaning of heresy before I read it. Have read it many times since along with everything else Rushdie has written. I have also read everything by everyone Rushdie has mentioned (in articles & interviews) as being a top notch writer. He led me to Maxine Hong Kingston, Amitov Ghosh and many other fine, fine writers.

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I was bowled over by it when it first came out - I honestly did not fathom the meaning of heresy before I read it. Have read it many times since along with everything else Rushdie has written. I have also read everything by everyone Rushdie has mentioned (in articles & interviews) as being a top notch writer. He led me to Maxine Hong Kingston, Amitov Ghosh and many other fine, fine writers.

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

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11/7/12 6:28 P

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I read it a long time ago when it first came out, and I dont remember it being particularly good or bad. Perhaps I would feel different now that I;m smarter.

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Do you mean the book entitled "Satanic Verses" or the Quran?
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I saw an interview not too long ago with Salman Rushdie about his new memoir coming out. I'm not huge into memoirs but I decided that it was high time I picked up Satanic Verses. It was such a huge story when it came out.

I downloaded it on my Kindle and dug in.

I had a hard time getting through the first chapter. Actually I was starting to think I was in way over my head and should bail before it was too late to get my money back. I was impressed that people actually understood it well enough to get offended enough to issue a fatwa. Its not real funny when you remember that his translator was killed.

Anyway, after the first chapter, I can't say that I've understood the whole thing perfectly but it's quite caught my attention. I can't convince any of my friends to pick it up and was wondering if anyone on here has read it.

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