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Summary The Satanic Verses 108 ë Just before dawn one winter's morning a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel Through the falling debris two figures Gibreel Farishta the biggest star in India and Saladin Chamcha an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years plummet from the sky washing up on the snow covered sands of aE sky washing up on the snow covered sands of an English beach and proceed through a series of metamorphoses dreams and revelations back cove. What kind of idea are youThis uestion scattered throughout the pages of this novel is the intermediary between the author and his work A waterloo of sorts a windbreaker giving rise to the uestion of the material’s purpose It gives us some sort of glimpse as to why he chose to name it “Satanic Verses” insight to all its diabolical implications and some sort of motive as to why it is disrespectful to Islam and the Prophet So what kind of an idea is this In turn what kind of idea are we It is said that people are only the sum of their ideas and beliefs So what eualed to our sum What are we made of Are you a preconceived idea When does the bias of the material end and when does the bias of the reader begin If you’re either a Christian or a Muslim then surely the title of this novel made you pause if only a little Or maybe it drove you off altogether I assure you this novel is not satanic in any devilish way Now I ask the uestion Do we really approach a book with an open mind or do we give immediate judgment to books based on their titles Do we read without bias or do we bear impasse to fairness Do we aim to learn or do we aim to protect our knowledge These uestions I believe are critical when discussing reading materials which are controversial in nature It occurred to me when during an article review in one of my classes my group mates and I discussed the bias of an article about the Gaza affair My groupmates interpreted the article in favor of Israel while I on the other hand viewed it a bit sympathetic towards Palestinians I realized then that when it came to issues we have forehand knowledge of; people tend to see what they want to see Justification of its stand is the priority of the mind rather than the absorption of new information This selective receiving blindsiding whatever parity the material has is a greater source of misconstrusion rather than biased material Sure there will always be certain biases in all materials we read but the bias of the mind is the sieve through which comprehension passes it will only let in biases it supports This greatly affects one’s comprehension into the mold it wants to see The bias of a material will be evident to an open mind but the bias of a reader will affect even the most unbiased material A good example is the reading of the Bible The Bible is the foundation of Christianity Everything that Christians believe in come from that book but I believe it was Isaac Asimov who said “Properly read the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived” It only shows that one’s biases are the hands that mold one’s reading experience People’s understanding is founded on the guidance of certain assumptions and axioms based on previous knowledge but this principle can also be taken to an extreme This “learned” mindset which has become second nature to us is a great hindrance to critical thinking and knowledge acuisition Even the most gifted mind is beset by this problem and I believe it takes years of practice to be able to read something without any inclinationsSo before you read this novel I beg that you give a conscious effort to be open minded and at least try to suppress the inevitable biases that you will have A full cup will spill all that’s poured into it be an empty cup Only then can one learn to fully appreciate this novelDifferent Ideas Salman Rushdie’s novel is a multi layered magical tale with lots of possible implications Its many facets much like a dice that can roll to many of its sides may have different meanings or might be driving together at one main point It’s hard to really pin point the central theme of the novel The author suggests that it is about migration and the problems that immigrants face which is most obvious during Chamcha’s early metamorphism The notion of “nationalism” and betrayal of one’s country is thereby tackled But then Mahound’s the Butterfly Girl’s and the Immam’s respective arcs try to bring perspective to blind faith Baal’s tale warns one of trying to be someone else The Old Woman’s and Rehka Merhcant’s respective accounts tell us not to devote our purpose to another person The terrorist’s example hints mockery in self sacrifice Farishta’s bizarre experiences advises us to not to be fooled by destiny or purpose Alleluia’s case conveys that uprightness is not always rewarded The whole “immigrant mob” incident showcases that the mob mentality is not always right Many possible ideas are present one can choose which to focus on which to ignore which to accept Which I idea are youMy ideaFor me the main idea of this novel is learning to understand that one must create one’s own ideas If you will notice all the facets and interwoven tales are delved in problems when the characters place their life their ideas on nationalism faith someone they want to be like someone they love on political beliefs on destiny on goodwill on what everybody does We are busy with these worldviews that we then ignore the uestion “What are my own ideas” “Who am I apart from these things not of my own” “WHAT KIND OF AN IDEA ARE YOU”“Are you the kind that compromises does deals accommodates itself to society aims to find a niche to survive; or are you the cussed bloody minded ramrod backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze – The kind that will almost certainly ninety nine times out of a hundred be smashed to bits; but the hundredth time will change the worldA bit of a cliché I know But one can’t avoid the reality of what this says Are your ideas your own or were they placed there by society Creativity originality uniueness these things are being suppressed by a society that calls for conformity for belongingness What kind of idea will you beThe World's Ideas“Society was orchestrated by what she called ‘grand narratives’ history economics ethics In India the development of a corrupt and closed state apparatus had ‘excluded the masses of the people from the ethical project’ As a result they sought ethical satisfactions in the oldest of the grand narratives that is religious faith But these narratives are being manipulated by the theocracy and various political elements in an entirely retrogressive way”“We can’t deny the ubiuity of faith If we write in such a way as to pre judge such belief as in some way deluded or false then are we not guilty of elitism of imposing our world view on the masses” Worldviews social constructs axioms these are also important as much as one’s individuality For one must take into account that one’s self interest doesn’t give one the right to step on another “Let our aim be a way of life not diametrically opposed to but better than that of the mob Otherwise we shall repel and alienate the very people whose reform we should desire” I understand Salman Rushdie was disrespectful to Islam and to Muhammad shouldn’t he have been It is not for me to say It was his choice and I refuse to cast another stone where I am but an observer But who are we to say that he deserves to die for his unbelief It is one thing to ask for an apology and another to take life altogether Why should a review get deleted when it says bad things about an author Free Expression is commendable but one must also remember repercussions Acts are done in the name of ideas Be careful what ideas you clash with you embody for unlike an idea which can change the associated action cannot be taken back The Fatwa placed on Rushdie’s head speaks the truth about how conforming the world asks us to be how the actuality of ideas cannot be undone But sometimes just sometimes the realization stemmed from one person’s ideas changes the world for the greater good Will the possibility of criticism deter your idea What kind of idea are youBe your own kind of idea think critically uestion everything don’t be a passive receiver be open minded be creative uniue but also learn to respect ideas that are not your own

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Arishta the biggest star in India and Saladin Chamcha an expatriate returning from his first visit to Bombay in fifteen years plummet from th. The Satanic Verses is vastly imaginative and creative; it is a force to be reckoned with in the literary world providing you can actually get through it And there’s the rub because The Satanic Verses is uite possibly the single most confusing piece of fiction I have ever read I’m just not sure what happened And after 500 pages I feel like a book should leave me with a little than an overbearing sense of bewilderment Perhaps if I was widely read I would have appreciated it That being said I don’t think any reader should even attempt this book unless they have a strong grasp on Islamic theology and the uran Otherwise most of the allusions will be wasted on you like they were meIt’s just so difficult to read without that knowledge base It drew upon such a huge wealth of myths religion and stories that it became so hard to follow Multiple names are used to refer to the same characters and they freuently shifted in and out of the narrative making it hard to focus on the story and discern what the actual story was at any given point So much of the novel went over my head that by around the half way point I’d lost the thread completely and was just reading a series of seemingly unconnected chapters What didn’t help is the fact that I’m also reading Joseph Anton Rushdie’s biography The personal relationship between him and his farther is detailed uite extensively throughout and much of Rushdie’s emotions regarding the matter are paralleled here in different forms I became confused with events that had happened in Rushdie’s life and those that had happened in the fictional account here because they are so strikingly similar This meant that a confusing novel became even confusing I find the history of the novel the events that led Rushdie to go into hiding as he feared for his own life far interesting than the actual work itself perhaps because I can actually comprehend the facts as they are not veiled in a web of incomprehensible allegory One day I will come back to this book not anytime soon; it will be a day when I am familiar with the texts it discusses and engages with At least then I may be able to read it and form a solid opinion of it For now though I’ve come to a simple conclusion this book really isn’t for me at least not yet

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The Satanic VersesJust before dawn one winter's morning a hijacked jetliner explodes above the English Channel Through the falling debris two figures Gibreel F. Occasionally I will go into Half Price Books and buy a book that hasn't been recommended by any one I know by an author I've never read before solely because of its critical acclaim I buy and read a book because I feel that I should based on the general public's reaction to it It is a weakness Many months ago I decided to buy Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses My decision was based on the controversy surrounding the book It was thought to be so controversial so blasphemous that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issued a fatwa on Salman Rushdie It became every Muslim's sacred duty to hunt down this writer of fiction and kill him So I thought these were the days long before the reaction to Danish comics wow this book pissed off people enough that they want to kill him Wow I must read this book It's gotta be good That's what controversy does It brings a lot of attention to something that doesn't always merit the attention So when I bought Rushdie's book I fell for the hype Partly because it was a subject that I did have an interest in I'm an amateur theologian and I can't find better amusement than blasphemy Besides that I love Magic Realism and this book had plenty of that What this book did not have plenty of was editing This book was in serious need of an editor There were parts that were thrilling and exciting but overall the writing of the book was bland and uninspired for its very interesting subject matter uick Plot Summary Two Indian ex patriots now living in England living very famous lives are on an airplane when it is exploded by terrorists They survive the explosion and the fall and upon landing begin changing The garish obnoxious one gains a halo becoming the arch angel Gabreel and the prim and proper other one gains horns and goat legs The devil's story is his reintroduction into society and the angel's story is through his dreams he inspires the prophet Mohammad Everything culminates into a showdown between these two entities But along the way nothing happens We have pages and pages of unnecessary background information And then we have pages and pages of unnecessary background information We keep getting filled with pages and pages of unnecessary background information Suddenly we're faced with a book that is much larger and importantly much drier than it should be It really does have the basis for a great story Wonderful things happen in this book that everyone should read but it's not worth getting through all the unnecessary to get there I've never taken so long to read a book Usually I read a book when I want to and usually that's all the time This book I only read in great spurts when I was sitting and waiting I read a bunch when I was sitting and waiting at a debate tournament I read a bunch while I was sitting and waiting monitoring my students testing I read a bunch while I was sitting and waiting in the bathtub for my health to return Never was there a point when I wanted to pick up this book because it was interesting and I couldn't wait to get back to the story As big a fan of magic realism as I am I was disappointed If you're looking for a Muslim centric magic realism story that uses a lot of the same story telling techniues that Rushdie uses I recommend a far superior story done by a far superior writer Farnoosh Moshiri's At the Wall of the Almighty