Rushdie-itis and copycats

Hello everyone!
I'm brand new to this community, and I'm so glad to find people who are interested in this writer.
Recently I've started to work on a new project that describes a Rushdie-pattern discourse in postcolonial literature. I wonder if anyone has come across some Rushdie-like "mainstream" books lately? A couple of names or book titles would be of great help
Thanks in advance
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I'm looking for an etext of the "Haroun and the Sea of Stories"? The play would be better than the novel. Need it for (possible) work. Did anyone ever run into such digital texts by SR? Thanks in advance to anyone who knows...

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Ground Beneath Her Feet

Hey guys,

I'm reading The Ground Beneath Her Feet. Has anyone read that?

Anyway, I just have a few observations about Rushdie's writing style and other things. I hope it's cool to air these here. Promise I won't spoil the book for anyone, but just in case anyone doesn't want to read about my thoughts on this book, I'm putting them under a cut. :-)

I am only about 90 pages into this 600 page book, but it made me want to put finger on the keyboard already.

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Later on, I want to discuss the paradoxical nature of this book's themes, and the questions it asks us: do we live for the glory of history or the promise of the future, for art or for business, ancient glories or modern architecture? Silence or music? What is the best attitude to take if we want to survive tumultuousness?

Yes, I know--another point of interest is the Muslim life portrayed in the book. It's a commonplace of modern literature to portray the twisted, uncertain soul of modern man, which has been in tumult at every nation and nationality, but there is a lot of interest these days about how cosmopolitan Indians of Muslim descent like Rushdie dealt with and are dealing with the modern transformations. How does superstition and history forestall the Muslim Indians' embrace of modernity? Why did some Indians identify with the colonial powers and how did they react to its disappearance?

I'd appreciate all your input. Please contribute with any comment that jumps to your mind about Rushdie or this book. Perhaps we can turn this into a book club kind of deal. :-)
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Shalimar the Clown

So, mister Rushdie finally got his new book out; Shalimar the Clown. I've read slightly less than half of it, and so far I really like it. I got a bit disappointed at first when I discovered it was set in LA; I mean, no offence, but IMHO Rushdie does India a lot better than he does USA; at least when thinking about Fury.

The second part of Shalimar however is set in Kashmir, and it's just great; you get a good insight into a (fictional?) village with both hindu and muslim inhabitants. So, have any of you started reading it yet? What do you think of it? How do you think it compares to his other novels?

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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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Hi. I'm new here. Have been a big Rushdie fan for some time and am glad to have found a place to discuss the man and his writing.

P.S. If anybody out there has any spare tickets to the Salman Rushdie event at the Edinburgh Book Festival I'd be very interested to know! :)
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