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Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Satanic Verses...

I started reading The Satanic Verses a week back. I read around a 100 pages or so and found it in a different style. It has been a while since I read a novel out of the Thriller/action/mystery genres. So I am having trouble getting my brain to wrap around the kinds of metaphors, allegories and allusions that Rushdie is using. People turning into animals, men growing horns, people turning into angels??!!! Having a lot of trouble figuring out what is meant to be read as a hallucination, or reality or metaphor or whatever. The end result is that I decided that it took a lot of grey matter usage for me to read it now and put it on hold.

2 comments:

Venki, USA said...

Rushdie's works do pose a challenge to ones brains. I have read his "Midnights children", "The moor's last sigh" and "The ground beneath her feet". I havent read satanic verses though, I feel this book must be worth a try,atleast for the controversy surrounding it.If you pick up the subtle streak of humor that he usually lays through, it could be more enjoyable.

Subha said...

Don't see what humour is there in the book so far. I just like the way a character is called Chamcha and another guy calls him "Spoono" in mockery...