June 19th, 2007
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Amazing that Blair let Rushdie on to the list!
Let’s hope Charles is not doing the knighting: I wouldn’t put a sword, Salman Rushdie and the self-titled ‘defender of faith’ in the same room.
How true. I hadn’t heard of Rushdie until ‘The Satanic Verses’ and all the Iranian death threats started. Ironic to think that the fatwah is in all probability a major influence in his popularity as an author and thereby has contributed to his getting a knighthood.
Personally I don’t see how anyone being given a knighthood by this pointless monarchy of ours has even the slightest bit of importance to do with anything =\
I think effigy burning is a national passtime in Pakistan , there is no international cricket being played at the moment , so they gotta burn something !!!
or should that be burn “someone”
The free publicity thing is so true. No doubt The Satanic Verses sales will skyrocket because of this knighthood controversy.
Hey, I read that book, and my only objection to Rushdie getting any honors at all is that he isn’t a good writer! I don’t remember a thing about anything I’ve read of his, which is really saying something. I mean, I’ve read books in latin and ancient french which have impressed me more. I think Rushdie is the Forrest Gump of literature. (I hated that movie, too! I always said it predicted George Bush and the decline of western civilisation!)
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Well, I would have to say I couldnt disagree more – I thought the book was brilliant – its symbolically interwoven sideplots are etched into my mind forever – it was a somewhat painful process (the etching) in which I went blind for a short while, but it was worth it.
Seriously though, its a great introduction to the genre of magical realism — I’d highly recommend it for anyone who has the attention span to deal with a 900 page book.
And yes, its true, a thank you to the advertisers is neccessary, without their publicising I might never have read it.
Well, I still think it was a stinker. I like magical realism, when it’s Marquez, but I did not like Rushdie. Just a matter of taste, I guess. I still can’t remember a darned thing about any of the books I’ve read of his. Which surprises even me. I draw a total blank, and only remember being annoyed that I spent so much time reading them by the time I reached the last page and threw them in the trash or gave them to models I roomed with.
Somebody explain this to me. How do you carry out a fatwah with bamboo, straw and an old Armani suit. I just dont get it, I’m afraid.
“Somebody explain this to me. How do you carry out a fatwah with bamboo, straw and an old Armani suit. I just dont get it, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m afraid.”
By burning an effigy?