August 7th, 2006

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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