I am currently writing a paper on the wonderful "Shame," which I have read before.
For those who have read it, any takes?
I love the concept of shame and shamelessness combining is what makes violence. Something to think about, especially in terms of the East vs. West.
I'm reading Midnight's Children right now and I'm looking for a web site that gives a concise history of india post independence. Most of the sites I'm getting after searching for "concise history of India" don't focus too much on post 47 India. Know any good sites?
lets carry rushdies debate forward guys.....here is an introduction and my take on it...
Was Othello a latinisation of the Arabic name Ataullah . how else do you explain the value of shame and honor in him. As opposed to the value of pride (based on financial status) in the English society. He , who apparently loved his wife to madness , would he really kill her because a few tongues wagged. Would he not confirm the facts atlesast first.
But then since when have the heroes been logical , perhaps his verification would make him look like a sorry figure. It would take away charisma , but it would leave him a lot happier then he ever had been. Ataullah was a smart Arabic trader who had married wisely and well. It was a business decision for him like all else had been.
His blissfully ignorant wife , was rich , had a standing in the society and was one of the most beautiful women of that era. What could possibly go wrong with this sort of a business dealing . he had earned his trophy wife. The shrewd businessman loved the comforts she brought with her .. not her.. not for a split second.
Its like one loves their image in the mirror , never the mirror.. it is merely instrumental. So what’s wrong if she , having realized her husbands business like attitude , cheated on him. Perfect revenge and perhaps the only revenge available to her. But the point is she did not cheat. The point is he still killed her. She was his ‘ijjat’ (a word that stands for both shame and honor) , and how blasphemous to have a tarnished trophy wife .
Othello was an MCP like any other , then why mourn his loss. The bard at what he does best , to make us feel sorry for the villains be it Shylock, the seductive Cleopatra or the shrewd Othello. Shakespeare must have had some Indian roots for sure , honor takes a dominance in all his stories.
Antonio agrees to a pound of flesh because were he to go to any other moneylender it would have gone against his honor. Stupidity perhaps. Pride goeth before the fall .. perhaps.
Hi. I am a newbie here, and I think I m gonna love this group. Not only is Rushdie my fave author, but is also my Idol.
*I was fortunate enough to meet him last year when he came to Madison*!!
GBHF is my fave Rusdhie book.
What do you think of the non-fictional works of his? I think they deserve equal merit because he is really good at exploring things in a different way, looking at issues from a different perspective. A case in mind would be the article he wrote about India's 50 years of Independence. What's your opinion?
Hi everyone. I've been interested in Rushdie for a long time, but had not raed anything because everytime I began, I felt bogged down by references to places/people etc for which I had no knowledge base. However, having read several books on the Middle East (none on India as of yet - suggestions?) I now find him very enjoyable. I have just finished Shame, and loved it - like a much smaller versio of 'Hundred Years of Solitude', and more enjoyable in my opinion. I am now reading the Satanic Verses, which mom got for my birthday 2 years ago, and I'm now rereading the first hudnred pages a third time.
If anyone has suggestions for similar authors, or authors that write on similar subject matter, I'd love to hear them. A real favorite of mine is Naguib Mahfouz. I've read the Arabian Nights and Days and am now reading the Cairo Trilogy.
Feel free to say hello! Cheers.
I really loved it. Once again, Rushdie made me believe I was in India with his vivid descriptions. The story is a tragic comedy (mostly tragic) and so full of details without boring the reader, which unfortunately is not true for The Ground Beneath Her Feet.
Rather than the usual good vs. evil we're so overexposed to in books and other media, all the characters are portrayed exactly as they are- human, with their faults. Even Abraham Zogoiby was in love once.