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).
Mingling of fantasy and reality, sometimes hard to follow, but always with visual interest.
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.