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D violence and Hamlet's jester is caught up in murderous intrigues In Rushdie's hybrid world an Indian guru can be a redheaded Welshman while Christopher Columbus is an immigrant dreaming of Western glory Rushdie allows himse. 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 uite 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 itRushdie 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 uite unnecessary The word choice and the construction of the sentences are uite 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

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East West

Lf like his characters to be pulled now in one direction then in another Yet he remains a writer who insists on our cultural complexity who rising beyond ideology refuses to choose between East and West and embraces the world. Salman Rushdie uses a vast array of sophisticated narrative techniues 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

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Alternate cover for this ISBN can be found hereA rickshaw driver dreams of being a Bombay movie star Indian diplomats who as childhood friends hatched Star Trek fantasies must boldly go into a hidden universe of conspiracy an. 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 be selective in choosing the next one of his


10 thoughts on “East West

  1. says:

    I read this book with my husband in a hosptial in India after he had an attack from his leukemia I read this series of short stories to him as he lay in his hospital bed He was very ill in a foreign country and despite these very frigthening circumstances we laughed till we cried convinced that this book could speak to no one els

  2. says:

    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 r

  3. says:

    ‘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 any How 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

  4. says:

    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

  5. says:

    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 at

  6. says:

    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 uite an endearing read Salman Ru

  7. says:

    Salman Rushdie uses a vast array of sophisticated narrative techniues to clarify his views about religion and i

  8. says:

    GENERAL short story collection enjoyable but not the most amazing some stories were engaging 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

  9. says:

    My first of Salman Rushdie and I'm uite nervous about it Heard a lot about this author and been thinking to try ou

  10. says:

    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 th