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Discussion of the works of Salman Rushdie

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[Sep. 19th, 2005|03:53 am]
Discussion of the works of Salman Rushdie
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I want to read Mr Rushdie, but for some reason I stumble and don't finish. The one exception is Haroun and the Sea of Stories, which was suggested by a friend as an easy Rushdie option. I've tried Midnight's Children and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and while it's possible I could retry them, could anyone here be so good as to suggest something easier to approach? I don't mind difficult books (I did a degree in literature filled with them) but to be honest I cannot put my finger on why I find it hard to get into or finish his books. It's not boredom, it's not difficulty, it's not for lack of caring about the characters, or perhaps it is all of these and more. And yet I want to read his work, because there is enough in his words to beguile me. Beguile, but not fully engage. Please, I beseech thee, give me Rushdie with teeth and jaws that won't let go, with eyes that will mesmerise me to the spot, until I have been digested by the book, rather than having tried to digest it and been left hungry.
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[User Picture]From: cheekyassmonkey
2005-09-18 11:49 am (UTC)
'haroun' was fantastic, and easily accessible enough that i read it to my daughter when she was little. you might want to try 'the moor's last sigh'.

i found his latest 'fury' to be hard to get through, but only because of the subject matter.

i didn't read 'satanic verses' until i had read everything else of his (trying to avoid the hype), and did find it a fairly 'easy' read.
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[User Picture]From: blchandler
2005-09-18 01:24 pm (UTC)
"East West", his collection of short stories, has some real gems in them. Even though they're smaller pieces, the book has more than enough of his great prose & word play and some nice themes & subtexts. And since the stories are short, you'll have less time needed to invest in them. The last story in the book—The Courter—I thought was particularly excellent, though I am also partial to "At The Auction Of The Ruby Slippers" and "The Harmony Of The Spheres".
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[User Picture]From: scarlet1983
2005-09-18 01:47 pm (UTC)
I think you should just try again. I read The Ground Beneath Her Feet and it took me about six chapters to get into the story but I loved it.
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[User Picture]From: saj4u
2005-09-18 04:44 pm (UTC)
I would recommend Shame and Grimus.

Shame should be easy. it's a lot thinner :) It's a nice little story about Pakistan. Beautifully written.

Or you could try Grimus, which was his first work. It's kind of a fantasy-world
sci-fi book, very unlike most of his other works.
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[User Picture]From: saavedra77
2005-09-18 07:40 pm (UTC)
After several unsuccessful attempts to get through Shame and Midnight's Children during college, I opened The Satanic Verses and simply couldn't put it down--I think I read it though in a weekend. More recently, I really enjoyed The Moor's Last Sigh. I didn't get as much out of Fury, but I'm now curious to go back and give Midnight's Children another try, as this is such a seminal book about the whole legacy of partition ...
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[User Picture]From: mrgodot
2005-09-19 10:37 am (UTC)
Yeah I've experiences similiar troubles with some of his novels. i finally finished midnight's children recently and it was definitely worth it. i've found satanic verses to be a rather easy novel to deal with and i suggest you start there. also moor's last sigh was pretty easy for me to get through.
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[User Picture]From: avande
2005-11-06 09:18 pm (UTC)
Satanic Verses (still my favorite Rushdie novel) is a good one to start with. It's compelling in that can't-put-it-down-until-you're-finished kind of way, as people seem to be saying. It's not that his other books aren't as good, but they're a little more...dense (with the exception of Haroun), and I suspect harder to get into.
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[User Picture]From: madmouth
2006-07-27 02:31 am (UTC)
try The Moor's Last Sigh and Satanic Verses. They are punchy and arresting from the get-go
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