Midnight's Children: Saleem Sinai's NOSE
- Can anyone help to explain the significance of
the Narrator's huge, mystical nose? I'm still early
in the book but I have read it before and know the
attention given to the boy's big nose! While pondering the
significance of the scent organ, I had an interesting thought.
Could the nose be a symbol, a metaphor likening Saleem
to the god Ganesh? The nose, after all, is the
source of Saleem's power. The book also opens with
Saleem feverishly writing, attempting to finish his
story before his impending doom. I know that Ganesh is
often described as a fervent writer who once, in a
passionate writing frenzy, broke off one of his tusks for
use as a pen. But, alas, that is about all I know
about Lord Ganesha. Any ideas on this (perhaps off
base) thought? Any other similarities between Ganesh
and Saleem? Anyone a Ganesh expert? Perhaps I'm being
too Nosey?!?!?! <br>p e a c e<br>mf<br>3~<br>.
- 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"