The Satanic Verses
- I have just finished this novel, which I wouldn't
have been able to do happily without the help from
<a href=http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/anglophone/satanic_verses/contents.html target=new>http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/anglophone/satanic_verses/contents.html</a><br><br>This instructor's site provides valuable footnotes for
every chapter. I highly recommend it. As a non-Islamic
westerner, I was flailing around, despite my near addiction
to Rushdie novels. <br><br>I've been a huge fan for
over a year, but before September 11th, I felt like I
was reading about a "quaint" people who would never
affect my life. After that day I rushed back to Rushdie,
to read "Shame" and saw that he he's been trying to
warn us for years about this kind of zealotry.
<br><br>Now it will be on to "Fury"
- I will keep my eyes open for your suggested
title. With the controversy over The Satanic Verses we
heard that Christianity hasn't been maligned in novels,
and if it were, Christians would be very vocal in
protesting such a novel.<br><br><br>Not Wanted On the Voyage
by Timothey Findlay is quite the version of Noah's
Ark, and although I'm not a Christian, I kept glancing
over my shoulder, on the look out for lightening bolts
all the time I was reading it. (It is a brilliant
book.)<br><br>I'm reading a John Updike novel now, "Toward the End
of Time", seemingly written around the same time as
The Satanic Verses, although the copyright date is
1997. Updike's main character also moves through time,
and becomes a main character in Biblical stories.
Updike's work has a theological approach as well, and he
also questions accepted dogma. <br><br><br>I haven't
finished it yet, but I wonder if anyone else in this
discussion group has read it, and seen a similarity.
<br><br> How does Milan Kundera react to these "profane"