The Satanic Verses Author:Salman Rushdie 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... more » beach, and proceed through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations.« less
Without any real knowledge of Indian culture or the Qur'an, it was clear halfway through that I was missing a vast majority of the meaning of the text. If I had some base in these fields, I think I'd enjoy this book much more. Without this info I didn't find the book very interesting (I stopped halfway through).
Have been wanting to see what all the hype was about after all these years... I was grateful I had read Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks a couple months back for some good background of the story of Muhammad and the Quaran. I found it to be written in a very male voice similar to my feelings about his book The Enchantress of Florence. It felt like a complete mind fuck from start to and very anticlimactic finish. There was a lot of interesting fantastical descriptions so I hoped the book would not end with such a fizzle. I had high expectations, and they were not met. Doesn't at all mean it is not a well written book, or a book you might enjoy. It really requires your attention, not a light read.