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East, West Home has become such a scattered, damaged, various concept in our present travails There is so much to yearn for There are so few rainbows anyHow hard can we expect even a pair of magic shoes to work They promised to take us home, but are metaphors of homeliness comprehensible to them, are abstractions permissible Are they literalists, or will they permit us to redefine the blessed word Are we asking, hoping for, too much As our numberless needs emerge from their redoubts and pres Home has become such a scattered, damaged, various concept in our present travails There is so much to yearn for There are so few rainbows anyHow hard can we expect even a pair of magic shoes to work They promised to take us home, but are metaphors of homeliness comprehensible to them, are abstractions permissible Are they literalists, or will they permit us to redefine the blessed word Are we asking, hoping for, too much As our numberless needs emerge from their redoubts and press in upon the electrified glass, will the shoes, like the Grimms ancient flatfish, lose patience with our ever growing demands and return us to the hovels of our discontents Since those days I have dedicated myself to her memory I have made of myself a candle at her temple.I am aware that, after all these years of separation and non communication, the Gale I adore is not entirely a real person The real Gale has become confused with my re imagining of her, with my private elaboration of our continuing life together in an alternative universe devoid of ape men The real Gale may by now be beyond our grasp, ineffable I read The Prophet s Hair by Salman Rushdie from this book, and it has a good theme, but a very dark meaning The story is written in Magic Realism like many other works by Rushdie The story line and the way Rushdie is portrayed it is extremely negative It shines a dark shadow on any form of religion, specifically orthodox Islam Although I support freedom of expression, it is unjustified when what someone expresses explicitly attacks a particular set of people or beliefs and that is exactly I read The Prophet s Hair by Salman Rushdie from this book, and it has a good theme, but a very dark meaning The story is written in Magic Realism like many other works by Rushdie The story line and the way Rushdie is portrayed it is extremely negative It shines a dark shadow on any form of religion, specifically orthodox Islam Although I support freedom of expression, it is unjustified when what someone expresses explicitly attacks a particular set of people or beliefs and that is exactly what this story does Through very pointed metaphors and allusions Rushdie casts religion and orthodox religious people in a negative light and makes it seem as though religion and religious following itself as the reason for everything difficult and wrong in a person s life This is quite evident in the way everything goes wrong for the moral and good family when the head of the family comes in contact with the greatest symbol of his religion, the vial containing the Prophet s Hair in it The story conveys that just because of that one relic, Hashim became the most orthodox Muslim in the world, and this too is represented as a bad and violent trait, although Islam is one the most peaceful religions Islam not being sacred for Rushdie does not justify him mocking or attacking the religion or the people who follow it.Rushdie s language is also just as pretentious The sentences are long and the language is verbose and vivid This makes the story even stranger and harder to read The sentences lose their meaning in their length and are awkward as a result, making the entire experience of reading the story unpleasant He uses long and hard words where much simpler words will do just as well Some sections of the story need to be reread to understand their complete message because of the nature of the language used and the length of the sentences Sentences such as These breaches of the family s unwritten laws of decorum alarmed Atta and Huma, and when, that evening their mother attempted to Rushdie pg 47 are winded in a complicated manner that is quite unnecessary The word choice and the construction of the sentences are quite awkward There is situational as well as dramatic irony used in the story The way the irony is used suggests that religion is just like money it corrupts people and destroys their moral ground This theme is hard to convey in exactly the right way and Rushdie does not seem to have grasped that There can be several parallels drawn between Sheikh Sin and Hashim who are both greedy, one for money and the other for artifacts This greed kills both of them and destroys their families This aspect of the story furthers the negative denotation in it The characters in the story are not very well developed, and this makes his argument even weaker The theme Salman Rushdie has attempted to convey through this story is just as good as it is controversial and needs to be portrayed very carefully I admire the idea, but it s execution by Rushdie is not good, the language as well as the irony used is too extreme and in its harshness the story falls short of the effect it could have had Enjoyed the Indian East short stories tremendously Somehow did not relate much actually not at all to the West stories somehow in those, felt he was trying too hard to impress when simple is what he does best although since I ve not read Rushdie before have no clue what he does best but that was my impression that he was trying to capture an audience not familiar with him Maybe I failed to see the message of the collection Yorrick just didn t seem to fit in with the other the Enjoyed the Indian East short stories tremendously Somehow did not relate much actually not at all to the West stories somehow in those, felt he was trying too hard to impress when simple is what he does best although since I ve not read Rushdie before have no clue what he does best but that was my impression that he was trying to capture an audience not familiar with him Maybe I failed to see the message of the collection Yorrick just didn t seem to fit in with the other themes but maybe I was expecting far too much East and disappointed there was less Of the West stories only the auction of the Ruby Red Shoes pulled any chords with me This does not put me off Rushdie am glad I got a taste of him, though I will beselective in choosing the next one of his I kind of breezed through this one East, West is a compilation of short stories written by renowned author Salman Rushdie This is my first book by him I know it s a travesty, blah blah blah But I got my chance this time and I went with it Honestly I was a little nervous about how I would take to Salman Rushdie s writing style I had heard much about it and didn t want him to disappoint me I wasn t The book divided into three parts East, West and East, West were absolutely delightful I kind of breezed through this one East, West is a compilation of short stories written by renowned author Salman Rushdie This is my first book by him I know it s a travesty, blah blah blah But I got my chance this time and I went with it Honestly I was a little nervous about how I would take to Salman Rushdie s writing style I had heard much about it and didn t want him to disappoint me I wasn t The book divided into three parts East, West and East, West were absolutely delightful I loved the East, West stories and the East storiesthan the West I loved that there was thing interesting Indian slang and syntax in the writing There were these subtle plot changes that made you think, Oh my Definitely a great read for me Too sleepy to write an actual review My bad Salman Rushdie uses a vast array of sophisticated narrative techniques to clarify his views about religion and its apparent stronghold on an individual s life The Prophet s Hair has an almost satirical theme, often mocking individuals who absorb themselves into the world of religion While some might perceive this as offensive and demeaning, the point of the story remains valid Through the short story, the reader is shown a glimpse into a man whose world is run by religion, and it tries not to Salman Rushdie uses a vast array of sophisticated narrative techniques to clarify his views about religion and its apparent stronghold on an individual s life The Prophet s Hair has an almost satirical theme, often mocking individuals who absorb themselves into the world of religion While some might perceive this as offensive and demeaning, the point of the story remains valid Through the short story, the reader is shown a glimpse into a man whose world is run by religion, and it tries not to diminish the stronghold of any one religion, but rather to emphasize that family and friends should not be forgotten in the chase of religion While the story steps on eggshells by referring to the Prophet the founder of Islam in an unintentionally negative light, Rushdie is generally careful to not blatantly attack any religion but subtly displays his opinion on the falsehood of religion by means of a story He has a constant theme of sarcasm and mockery but maintains a mature stance about his views He is aggressive in his tone, but all the while remaining respectful not to blatantly accuse religion, or the preaching s of religion itself, on the creation of a selfish man Many have accused Rushdie of blasphemy towards Islam, however he is wise in directing his visions for religion through appropriate, but certainly controversial channels Rushdie bases his story on the fundamentals of magic realism, using fictional or magical elements and blending it into a real world scenario He easily emphasizes his point of view on religion as he characterizes the father as being overtly obsessive of a tiny object, and in the process creating turmoil between his family Rushdie uses omniscient point of view, narrating from an unknown this party Symbolism through the prophets hair, and a certain native ness within Rushdie s diction can easily be noticed Lastly, Rushdie uses irony to illuminate the strict cultures and traditions of India He uses language related to that of texts speaking of a post colonial India to depict the brutality of Indian traditions with doses of irony Through The Prophet s Hair, Rushdie uses distinct literary tools to put emphasis on a deeper meaning, allowing the reader time to reflect on his controversial views on religion, while doing his best to avoid anger and hatred from devout religious personalities This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here This is a lovely collection of short stories, it really is Divided into three parts East, West, East West , it is written in a variety of styles I read this book today in one sitting and found it quite an endearing read Salman Rushie does really well in the short form I m really glad I picked this one in the library today I actually wrote a rather lengthily review and then I accidentally deleted it What is one to do Instead of writing another lengthily review, I ll just grade the sto This is a lovely collection of short stories, it really is Divided into three parts East, West, East West , it is written in a variety of styles I read this book today in one sitting and found it quite an endearing read Salman Rushie does really well in the short form I m really glad I picked this one in the library today I actually wrote a rather lengthily review and then I accidentally deleted it What is one to do Instead of writing another lengthily review, I ll just grade the stories separately and write bullet reviews EASTGOOD ADVICE IS RARER THAN RUBIES 4 5Surprisingly optimist and heart warming ending was not what I expected, but it felt appropriate enough I quite liked this one THE FREE RADIO 4 5A successful short story, quite depressive and gloom in tone but it feels all theauthentic for it.THE PROPHET S HAIR 5 5It is written in what I would call Rushie s own style of magic realism and thus quite delightful in its mix of subtle irony, dark humor and sincere tragedy WESTYORICK 3 5This story that puts words into mouth of fictional characters like Hamlet and Ophelia is interestingly written The experimental style of writing is a nice change, but quite frankly I found it a bit hard to follow.AT THE AUCTION OF THE RUBY SLIPPERS 4 5 Set in a future world, this story talks of a man who attends an auction for legendary ruby slippers in hope of winning a lost love I quite liked its clever commentary on consumerism and its fantastical elements.CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS AND THE QUEEN ISABELLA OF SPAIN CONSUMMATE THEIR RELATIONSHIP 4 5Onestory belonging to magic realism, this wonderfully imaginative tale will be hard to forget EAST, WESTTHE HARMONY OF THE SPHERES 4 5Excellent portraying of characters and a fantastic ending make it stand out CHEKHOV AND ZULU 4 5At times a bit hard to follow, maybe because the Star Trek references and metaphors took a life of their own I was having a hard time figuring who among the Star Trek is supposed to represent who in the modern India are Klingons a metaphor for Sikhs Still, it is a wonderfully written story that speaks of two friends and their relationship THE COURTIER 5 5A touching tale that touches on many aspects of life of one immigrant family The people they come in contact with have tales of their own to tell Especially sweet was the unexpected romance between an elderly Indian Aya nanny and a Slavic porter who suffered a stroke and who knows what else, but could still play chess as a master he used to be and teach it to Aya GENERAL short story collection enjoyable but not the most amazing some stories wereengaging than others common theme the desire for transcendenceLIKES pacing of each story, as well as the overall collection, was great Rushdie displayed an impressively wide range of writing styles each story had amazing endings that were punchy and left me awed Harmony of the Spheres was one that moved the best Captivating beginning Plot that moves forward but doesn t rush Strong ending GENERAL short story collection enjoyable but not the most amazing some stories wereengaging than others common theme the desire for transcendenceLIKES pacing of each story, as well as the overall collection, was great Rushdie displayed an impressively wide range of writing styles each story had amazing endings that were punchy and left me awed Harmony of the Spheres was one that moved the best Captivating beginning Plot that moves forward but doesn t rush Strong ending.DISLIKES not as magic realism as the others works I ve read by him only At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers and The Prophet s Hair were sort of fantasy esque Yorick was hard to understand for me But that s a me problem and not an author problem Chekhov and Zulu was also hard to understand in parts because of the Star Trek references.SHORT STORIES RANKED The Courter Christopher Columbus and Queen Isabella of Spain Consummate their Relationship The Prophet s Hair The Harmony of the Spheres The Free Radio Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies Chekhov and Zulu At the Auction of the Ruby Slippers Yorick My first of Salman Rushdie and I m quite nervous about it Heard a lot about this author and been thinking to try out reading a book or two by him but haven t had a chance, yet But luckily I got this short stories book from the Big Bad Wolf so I guess it will do as my first reading from Salman Rushdie.The book separated to three part East, West and East, West I really love the East part, enjoyed reading all of the 3 stories narratives were gripping, took me into a journey of cultural and t My first of Salman Rushdie and I m quite nervous about it Heard a lot about this author and been thinking to try out reading a book or two by him but haven t had a chance, yet But luckily I got this short stories book from the Big Bad Wolf so I guess it will do as my first reading from Salman Rushdie.The book separated to three part East, West and East, West I really love the East part, enjoyed reading all of the 3 stories narratives were gripping, took me into a journey of cultural and tradition, family and religious While the West part was a bit confusing and thought provoking for me I actually twice reading the Christopher Columbus story pheww I was a bit blurred at this part and really trying my best to enjoy my read The writings took me into an imaginary and bizarre feeling but somehow I love the writing style a lot It seems heavy but quite impressive East, West was my favorite as well, the balance of the other two parts I love Chekov and Zulu so much Wonderful prose and entertaining.A very intriguing book, I may say Not bad for my first 3.5 From the Booker Prize winning author of The Satanic Verses comes nine stories that reveal the oceanic distances and the unexpected intimacies between East and West Daring, extravagant, comical and humane, this book renews Rushdie s stature as a storyteller who can enthrall and instruct us with the same sentence This was a good collection of short stories, couple of which bordered into fantasy which to my greater delight and surprise I enjoyed This book has three parts East, West, East West, with very different writing styles East was a collection of stories which very much reminded me of someone like Manto the writing style of his translated work The themes stories not as evocative for me 3 5 Though the story the prophet s hair in East collection was a giant ball of absurdity which I enj This was a good collection of short stories, couple of which bordered into fantasy which to my greater delight and surprise I enjoyed This book has three parts East, West, East West, with very different writing styles East was a collection of stories which very much reminded me of someone like Manto the writing style of his translated work The themes stories not as evocative for me 3 5 Though the story the prophet s hair in East collection was a giant ball of absurdity which I enjoyed West 4.5 5 I loved it The writing style, subtle humor, narrative and touch of fantasy Pleasurable Fun It led me to want to explore RushdieEast West was good Overall, a good enjoyable collection

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