Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Step Across This Line - Salman Rushdie

The right book to talk about would have been Satanic verses for today, but since I'm not bold enough to court jail yet, I'll make do with this one.

Good read overall. Its a collection of essays on varied topics like books, music, politics, sports, movies and television . And not the least being the fatwa , ban and free speech in general.

Some of it is too high brow for my taste, but much is well written and was read with much satisfaction and pleasure.

An excerpt from from an essay, written on 14th of 1999, which was the 10th anniversary of the unfunny valentine as he called it.

The best defence of literary freedom lies in their exercise, in continuing to make untrammelled, uncowed books.

Amen to that.

2 comments:

Anantha said...

Ordered this from Kwench today. This is going to be the first book Im reading by Rushdie.
Hope, Ill have to refer to dictionary for every other paragraph in the book :)

Tess said...

nah, I don't think its the words which are hard, I think its some of the themes, topics, and the magic realism !