Trailer ☆ Joseph Anton: A Memoir PDF by ↠´ Salman Rushdie

Trailer ☆ Joseph Anton: A Memoir PDF by ↠´ Salman Rushdie I m going to review this book without actually talking about it, though I don t think it really matters I read a lot, though I also write a lot I write short stories, poetry and essays I write reviews every day to practice writing and to capture my thoughts on certain topics I even have a 1st draft of a fantasy novel that is some weird hybrid of Avatar and A Game of Thrones that I wrote when I was nineteen It s garbage, full of clich s and driven by a lack of imagination My point is, I read to write and I am always trying to get better I am mainly a critic, though the I read the creative ideas I get Somewhere around half way through Joseph Anton I stopped reading and I started writing, really writing There was a line in the text that stood out to me I have lost in since, though Rushdie emphasised the use of personal experience combine As you are fighting a battle that may cost you your life, is the thing for which you are fighting worth loosing your life forp 285 So why is it that I feel I have to defend liking this book Almost all reviews I ve read from New York Times to Goodreads have been rather negative, attacking and blaming Rushdie So I will just come right out and say that I really liked this book Yes, he namedrops on every page Yes, he of course paints a mostly positive picture of himself but who wouldn t Yes he knows his own worth and uses this opportunity to settle a few scores But still, I enjoyed every page of this and read and read and read.
This of course is the story of the famous fatwa On February 14th, 1989, Rushdie receives a phone call, I couldn t get through The Satanic Verses I found it unreadable in spite of my immense curiosity for the book But I picked up this book with great interest to see what Rushdie went through and how he coped with the aftermath of that infamous fatwa This book is probably twice larger than it should be, and methinks it s commensurate with Rushdie s ego To read the account of this struggle from Rushdie himself is be annoyed by the man He comes from a Muslim background I found his knowledge of Islam and its history and its thinkers and classical Persian literature quite impressive He knew what he was doing, and he did it Fine But then he goes around acting like he s owed support and solidarity from every person and every government and every organization and every publisher He doesn t care that a lot of people had to go through a lot of risk and danger be

I was pondering the reviews of this book on Goodreads the other day, as I was almost finished and just wondering what other people think A lot of people seem to find Rushdie coming across as arrogant or pompous This is something I totally disagree with and in fact I think one of the issues he actually covers in this book As the media saw and treated him as arrogant for quite a long time To me he honestly doesn t come across as arrogant Something else people were critical about is the way the book is written in third person I thought this strange at the beginning But looking back, after finishing the book, I think it might have helped him through writing the memoir It gives him the opportunity to take a step back from his life and look at it from a bird eye view So for me it actually felt like quite an interesting way to wr In the first few chapters, I was a bit surprised at the gossipy, somewhat catty tone, and figured it would be chatty and light and fun, but alas petty grievances aired, endless names dropped, revenge exacted for real or perceived insults of either the author s conduct or writing, ex wives trashed The treatment of these unfortunate women is surprisingly childish he sounded like a preteen talking about how victimized he was by Padma Lakshmi and his second wife He also reveals himself to be something of a misogynist when he details how crazy yet another ex wife is All personal responsibility is absolved when he says he felt guilty about treating someone badly, or that they manipulated him into it And maybe by writing a memoir in the third person But most disappointing of all is the way the author speaks of religion He was obviously tremen It took a commitment to finish this book but I was pleased to have done it Rushdie s manner is sometimes arrogant and seemingly self involved but he is wonderfully talented and unafraid to let the reader judge him He analyzes his circumstances and his own thinking and he challenges his reader to understand Salmon s predicament His story of threat and exile should not be lost as it is significant to our future freedom of speech and artistic expression, our quality of life and even our survival Rushdie s tell all provides insight into societal fears, courage and cowardice of leaders, instability and unreliability of media, and the importance of personal involvement in maintaining our civil rights I was impressed that Rushdie did not hide his personal foibles, anger, infidelity, and self centered behavior as he recounted his talents, con I don t even know what to think about this thing About the first half is really great even written in the Bob Dole ish autobiographical third person gripping, suspenseful, detailed But the book just dies about halfway through he starts eliding weeks, months and years, and then disastrously starts flashing forward at the same time as if he thinks he s writing a late Lost episode near the very end he calls attention to his Dickensian, let s tie up the loose strings seat in the future which is obviously 2011, when he s writing the book, except its action ends pretty much in 2001 so it just becomes really hard to tell what s even happening when And he turns terribly sexist, shallow and obsessed with celebrities to boot You would think, since his own ordeal essentially was as he calls it prologue to the changed world after 9 11, and this memoir was written not only at the ten year On February , Valentine S Day, Salman Rushdie Was Telephoned By A BBC Journalist And Told That He Had Been Sentenced To Death By The Ayatollah Khomeini For The First Time He Heard The Word Fatwa His Crime To Have Written A Novel Called The Satanic Verses, Which Was Accused Of Being Against Islam, The Prophet And The QuranSo Begins The Extraordinary Story Of How A Writer Was Forced Underground, Moving From House To House, With The Constant Presence Of An Armed Police Protection Team He Was Asked To Choose An Alias That The Police Could Call Him By He Thought Of Writers He Loved And Combinations Of Their Names Then It Came To Him Conrad And Chekhov Joseph AntonHow Do A Writer And His Family Live With The Threat Of Murder For Over Nine Years How Does He Go On Working How Does He Fall In And Out Of Love How Does Despair Shape His Thoughts And Actions, How And Why Does He Stumble, How Does He Learn To Fight Back In This Remarkable Memoir Rushdie Tells That Story For The First Time The Story Of One Of The Crucial Battles, In Our Time, For Freedom Of Speech He Talks About The Sometimes Grim, Sometimes Comic Realities Of Living With Armed Policemen, And Of The Close Bonds He Formed With His Protectors Of His Struggle For Support And Understanding From Governments, Intelligence Chiefs, Publishers, Journalists, And Fellow Writers And Of How He Regained His FreedomIt Is A Book Of Exceptional Frankness And Honesty, Compelling, Provocative, Moving, And Of Vital Importance Because What Happened To Salman Rushdie Was The First Act Of A Drama That Is Still Unfolding Somewhere In The World Every Day Update 9 21 12now that I m reading this it s kind of tedious I don t think Rushdie s 3rd person affectation works well at all It made me remember, I don t actually like Rushdie s writing all that much Gave up on The Satanic Verses after 20 pages I guess I got caught up in his life story and forgot about his qualities as a writer which is ironic cos it s precisely the condition he so deplores, his literary qualities getting eclipsed by his status as a current event I think his crazy life does merit a biography I just wish someone else had written this A disinterested third party would have been useful cos as it stands this book comes across as a lot of score settling, vindictive gossiping and not being above it alling Looking forwa Joseph Anton is the pseudonym Salman Rushdie had to adopt for security reasons during the decade or so he spent in hiding after the Ayatollah Khomeini placed a fatwa on him after the publication of The Satanic Verses, which Khomeini deemed to be blasphemous This memoir deals primarily with Rushdie s life during this period of hiding but also touches upon his life before and after this time.
Rushdie makes the interesting choice to write this memoir in the third person and there are many times in the book where it feels like he is telling a tale of somebody s life other than his own Rushdie claims he did this in order to maintain a degree of separation during the writing process, without which he would have been unable to tackle such a daunting project Whatever the reason, I found it leant the book a rather disjoint

Categories political development 0 comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *