Book Reviews of East, West : Stories

East, West : Stories
East West Stories
Author: Salman Rushdie
ISBN-13: 9780679757894
ISBN-10: 0679757899
Publication Date: 12/23/1995
Pages: 224
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Publisher: Vintage
Book Type: Paperback
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Fabulous stories, some set in India, some set in London, some that are set in London but are about Indians. Sparkling and wonderful.
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In this brilliant collection - his first major work of fiction since The Satanic Verses - one of the great writers in the world today gives us nine stories that together reveal the intricate intimacies and unbridgeable distances between the East and the West. A rickshaw driver dreams of being a Bombay movie star while, in a futuristic Western dystopia, legendary Hollywood icons acquire magic powers. 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, too, is caught up in murderous intrigues. In Rushdie's hybrid world, an Indian guru can be a red-headed Welshman, while Christopher Columbus is an immigrant, dreaming of Western glory. A young Pakistani woman faces a journey to England to meet the husband she does not know; an elderly Indian lady in London must choose between love and home. With profound sensitivity, Rushdie allows himself, like his characters, to be pulled now in one direction, now in another. Yet throughout this collection he remains, really, a writer who insists on our cultural complexity; who confidently rises beyond ideology, refusing to choose between East and West.
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Short Stories, read by the author Salman Rushdie. An abridged selection from the book. Almost 3 hours on 2 cassettes.