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The Ground Beneath Her Feet The ground shifts repeatedly beneath the reader s feet during the course of Salman Rushdie s sixth novel, a riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in the high octane world of rock roll Readers get their first clues early on that the universe Rushdie is creating here is not quite the one we know Jesse Aron Parker, for example, wrote Heartbreak Hotel Carly Simon and Guinevere Garfunkel sang Bridge over Troubled Water and Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae starred in South Pacific And as the novel progresses, Rushdie adds unmistakable elements of science fiction to his already patented magical realism, with occasionally uneven resultsRushdie s cunning musician is Ormus Cana, the Bombay born founder of the most popular group in the world Ormus s Eurydice and lead singer is Vina Apsara, the daughter of a Greek American woman and an Indian father who abandoned the family What these two share, besides amazing musical talent, is a decidedly twisted family life Ormus s twin brother died at birth and communicates to him from the other side his older brothers, also twins, are, respectively, brain damaged and a serial killer Vina, on the other hand, grew up in rural West Virginia where she returned home one day to find her stepfather and sisters shot to death and her mother hanging from a rafter in the barn No wonder these two believe they were made for each otherNarrated by Rai Merchant, a childhood friend of both Vina and Ormus, The Ground Beneath Her Feet begins with a terrible earthquake inthat swallows Vina whole, then moves back in time to chronicle the tangled histories of all the main characters and a host of minor ones as well Rushdie s canvas is huge, stretching from India to London to New York and beyond and there s plenty of room for him to punctuate this epic tale with pointed commentary on his own situation Muslim born Rai, for example, remarks that my parents gave me the gift of irreligion, of growing up without bothering to ask people what gods they held dear You may argue that the gift was a poisoned chalice, but even if so, that s a cup from which I d happily drink again Despite earthquakes, heartbreaks, and a rip in the time space continuum, The Ground Beneath Her Feet may be the most optimistic, accessible novel Rushdie has yet writtenAlix Wilber

10 thoughts on “The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  1. says:

    4.5 starsThis was exceptionally well done A for plan and execution Mr Rushdie Reading Salman Rushdie makes me want to take an advanced mythology class He really uses it well According to Wiki, it is a variation on the Orpheus Eurydice myth with rock music replacing Orpheus lyre The myth works as a red thread from which the author sometimes strays, but to which he attaches

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    Knew it was my favorite book ever as soon as I read it Read all the others I d said that about again just to be sure It was Rushdie s polyglot wordplay and his gift for pun Why is it that multi lingual writers like Rushdie and Nabokov are the most exceptional punsters are irrepressible It s a transcontinental, slightly fantastical elseworld story in which making music seems t

  3. says:

    I either love or hate Salman Rushdie This book comes into the second category I ll never finish this book nor Haroun and the Sea of Stories, nor the Satanic Verses Life is too short to plough throughthan the first 50 pages if you haven t got into it by that stage On the other hand though, I will probably reread Shame and Midnight s Children once in a while, I loved those books.

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    Having only read

  5. says:

    I walked away from this book with many feelings, but, principal among them was boredom I have seen a lot of people labelling Tolkein s work as self indulgent Tolkein, my friends, was lyrical His book had heart, soul His characters were weighed down by destiny and the strength of their choices Rushdie, in the other hand, is self indulgent.I have read The Moor s Last Sigh, Shalimar the Clo

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    I think Rushdie can be a bit daunting sometimes because he s really an intellectual through and through He fills his writing with countless references to mythology and history in a way that I find rewarding but some may find difficult Rushdie creates the story of a band and music that grows to epic proportions We follow the story of Rai, a photographer who falls precariously in love with Vin

  7. says:

    I really wanted to read this book, and though I haven t read much else by him, I really like Salman Rushdie. But I just couldn t get into this Every time I picked it up I couldn t get throughthan 20 pages without putting it down and finding myself with no incentive to pick it back up again From October 2007 until about a month ago I hadn t even gotten through half the book.Suffice it to say I wa

  8. says:

    i will confess that i started satanic verses key word, started i read the first 10 15 pages, and realized that i had NO idea what i was reading so i turned to a nifty cliff note thing on line and realized that what i had read and re read four times was the protagonists falling through the air after their airplane kabooms surprising to me and thats when i did not read any maybe some other day.i picke

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    oops i did it again i started it for the third time and i m determined to finish and like it i intend the same thing with ulysses and foucault s pendulum i ll see about the rest if only i could get over the first 100 pages wish me luck i can t believe i paid 43.8 RON in 2005 to get this book well, this might be just another reason for reading it U2 feat rushdie wrote a beautiful song based on the bookht

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    I honestly was bored just a few pages into this one I don t even remember finishing it I think that as much as I loved The Satanic Verses, Midnight s Children, and The Moor s Last Sigh as well as Jaguar Nights, Imaginary Homelands, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, his other fiction just has not had the power to pull me in as much into his universe Apparently, I am not the only one on GR to have been under

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About the Author: Salman Rushdie

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several countries, some of which were violent Faced with death threats and a fatwa religious edict issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, which called for him to be killed, he spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically In June 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to literature , which thrilled and humbled him In 2007, he began a five year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University.

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