jambyfool, January 11, 2013 (view all comments by jambyfool)
Brilliant, clearly. I'm not sure how, or why now, I evaded this book for over twenty years, but this is the real thing, a work of genius. Linguistic and literary pyrotechnics, prose coalescing into poetry, a story chiaroscuresque and simply bizarre, characters that bite the hand that penned them, albeit with affection. Rushdie may suffer a surfeit of arrogance but the man has earned it.
Feras, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Feras)
Finally got around to reading this book because of the fatwa and I have to say that it is one of the best books one will ever read on the emigrant experience, which is central to the text and not Islam bashing as many people think.
When a Jumbo jet blows apart above the English Channel, Gabreel and Saladin miraculously survive and are washed up on a beach. However, it appears that curious changes have come over them and that they have been chosen as protagonists in the eternal wrestling match between God and the Devil.
Just before dawn one winter's morning, a hijacked jumbo jet blows apart high above the English Channel. Two figures fall to the sea, later washing up, alive, on a beach. It was an ambiguous miracle, for both seem to have acquired curious changes. Both have been chosen as opponents in the eternal wrestling match between Good and Evil.
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