Monday, June 13, 2011

The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie

This book is inspired by the life of Muhammad. The book questions verses from Qur'an and the muslim faith, making it highly controversial. Salman Rushdie is now in hiding due to a fatwa issued against him because of the book. The two main characters meet on a plane that explodes over the English Channel. They both survive but one transforms into the devil and the other an the archangel Gabriel . They begin to have dreams of when Muhammad was writing the Quran. In the present the two fight over the same woman.

One of the most controversial and acclaimed novels ever written, The Satanic Verses is Salman Rushdie’s best-known and most galvanizing book. Set in a modern world filled with both mayhem and miracles, the story begins with a bang: the terrorist bombing of a London-bound jet in mid-flight. Two Indian actors of opposing sensibilities fall to earth, transformed into living symbols of what is angelic and evil. This is just the initial act in a magnificent odyssey that seamlessly merges the actual with the imagined. A book whose importance is eclipsed only by its quality, The Satanic Verses is a key work of our times.

word list
butterflies, good vs. evil, bollywood, plane crash, ocean, mecca, dreams, halo, horns, identity, metamorphosis, present vs. past

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