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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 da. 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 personBut most disappointing of all is the way the author speaks of religion He was obviously tremendously wronged by the fatwa but the views he expressed here sounded recidivist and strikingly intolerant He lumps together Islamic fundamentalists and most other Muslims possibly offering a brief and unmemorable disclaimer He also condemns individuals for practicing religion of any kind but Islam most resoundingly I saw him at readings several times and he was engaging and well spoken I also love his work so all in all this is a very sad view into someone who comes across as talented author making a fool of himself pursuing celebrity during a cliched midlife crisis I was somewhat bewildered by his shift into pop culture over recent years but didn t really pay much attention so this was somewhat jarringGoing to be hard to expunge the memory of this sufficiently to continue to read or re read and enjoy his work Those of you who love him and find it hard to appreciate literary work of those who irk you you know who you are beware Ensorcelled The Erotic Adventures of Jane in the Jungle Book 9 of living with armed policemen and The Poems The Collected Works of W B Yeats of the close bonds he formed with his protectors; Sylvia Pankhurst of his struggle for support and understanding from governments intelligence chiefs publishers journalists and fellow writers; and Attack of Apollyon: Revenge of the Locusts of how he regained his freedomIt is a book Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere An Illustrated Introduction Tuttle Martial Arts of exceptional frankness and honesty compelling provocative moving and The Empirical Stance The Terry Lectures Series of vital importance Because what happened to Salman Rushdie was the first act Book of Isms of a drama that is still unfolding somewhere in the world every da. 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On 14 February 1989 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 uran'So 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 po. He didn t need the publicity he didn t need the money he knew as a highly educated man brought up as a Muslim exactly what he was doing and still he did it and brought death and destruction in the wake of his book The Satanic Verses It was a kind of Pyrrhic victory being morally in the right but impossible to justify when weighed against the many deaths that resulted Those fundamentalist Muslims were determined to enforce at least outward respect for their values just as he knew they would They were all to a man completely wrong It was a book it was a popular book not great literature destined to live forever So it trod on religious sensibilities was it worth all the killings and burnings just so the perpetrators could feel they had avenged themselves saying it was their prophet they were avenging Islam the word itself has the root peace the consonants SLM salaam shalom yet the fervent fundamentalist interpreters of that religion practise anything but that Would Mohammed himself have rejoiced or condemned all the killings just because of his depiction in such a piece of ephemera If he would have rejoiced in all those killings wouldn t it give anyone pause for thought that this leader might not be showing the right path through life Or much much probable that they had misinterpreted Mohammed in such a violent and wicked way because that was their natures their intentions projected on to him to justify their own disgusting actions view spoilerNothing to do with this but I want to read American Jesus How the Son of God Became a National Icon on the same sort of moulding and interpreting according to cultural norms rather than the reality of the man himself hide spoiler Devil Versus Alpha The Millennium Wolves of how a writer was forced underground moving from house to house with the constant presence Spieserye of an armed police protection team He was asked to choose an alias that the po. He didn t need the publicity he didn t need the money he knew as a highly educated man brought up as a Muslim exactly what he was doing and still he did it and brought death and destruction in the wake Feral of his book The Satanic Verses It was a kind Krismis van Map Jacobs of Pyrrhic victory being morally in the right but impossible to justify when weighed against the many deaths that resulted Those fundamentalist Muslims were determined to enforce at least Girls Are Coming Out of the Woods outward respect for their values just as he knew they would They were all to a man completely wrong It was a book it was a popular book not great literature destined to live forever So it trod Crust From Sourdough Spelt and Rye Bread to Ciabatta Bagels and Brioche on religious sensibilities was it worth all the killings and burnings just so the perpetrators could feel they had avenged themselves saying it was their prophet they were avenging Islam the word itself has the root peace the consonants SLM salaam shalom yet the fervent fundamentalist interpreters Til Death Do Us Part (Vows, of that religion practise anything but that Would Mohammed himself have rejoiced Mensa Riddles Conundrums or condemned all the killings just because Julie of the Wolves of his depiction in such a piece The Right Swipe of ephemera If he would have rejoiced in all those killings wouldn t it give anyone pause for thought that this leader might not be showing the right path through life Or much much probable that they had misinterpreted Mohammed in such a violent and wicked way because that was their natures their intentions projected Touched on to him to justify their Dark Prophet The Chronicles of Koa own disgusting actions view spoilerNothing to do with this but I want to read American Jesus How the Son Ugly Fish of God Became a National Icon The Math of Life and Death 7 Mathematical Principles That Shape Our Lives on the same sort Little Gods of moulding and interpreting according to cultural norms rather than the reality Der Schweizerische Robinson of the man himself hide spoiler

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Lice 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. As you are fighting a battle that may cost you your life is the thing for which you are fighting worth loosing your life for p 285So 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 readThis of course is the story of the famous fatwa On February 14th 1989 Rushdie receives a phone call informing him that Ayatollah Khomeini has sentenced him to death because of his novel The Satanic Verses This book details then his life for the next 12 years trying to live as normal as possible while being under constant police protection moving from house to house relying on the kindness of his friends driving bulletproof cars and trying to survive both mentally and physicallyHe writes about his private life his childhood his years in school his marriages his children his attempt to be a father in these most extraordinary circumstances He constantly struggles against people both official people and the public believing he doesn t deserve to be protected because he has brought this on himself He doesn t agree with this and neither do I A leader of a state does not have to right to condemn the citizen of another state to death So Rushdie struggles with Government officials ministers and the leaders of his protection service to get them to continue to protect him and to allow him to live as free a life as possible so he can be a father be a man and a writer and do the publicity necessary to promote his booksA strange thing with this book is that even though it is a memoir it is written in the third person Rushdie never writes I but writes he even when writing about his own thoughts I actually really liked this because for me it felt like Rushdie was standing outside his life looking in trying to make sense of what happened to him For me it worked He is also juggling with various identities through this there s Salman the private man his friends knows there s Rushdie the hated man the demonstrators are renouncing on the streets and there s Joseph Anton his alias created out of the names of his two favorite writers Joseph Conrad and Anton Chekhov So in some ways it must be hard to see these years living like this split into three as his life instead of someone else s life a fictional lifeThe book really shows what kind of man he is Intelligent well read knowledgeable about both the classics and modern pop culture JK Rowling Doctor Who Lord of the Rings Super Mario various sci fi etc He writes about his process when writing books about getting ideas and using things from his real life experience in his books And he writes about all his books in a way which makes me want to read them And I love that while he shares all the famous writers actors politicians etc he meets he also writes about how proud he is to complete his Super Mario game and how he thinks Birkenstocks is the uncoolest footwear except for Crocs p 342 I really enjoyed how he shows his humor throughout the book even though he battles depression throughout these years living with a constant death sentence over his head Who shall have control over the story Who has who should have the power not only to tell the stories within which we all lived but also to say in what manner those stories may be told For everyone lived by and inside stories the so called grand narratives The nation was a story and the family was another and religion was a third As a creative artist he knew that the only answer to the uestion was Everyone and anyone has or should have that power p 360Of particular interest to me was of course the times he mentioned Denmark and the Danish reaction to the fatwa Overall it seems his Danish publisher wasn t afraid and not only published the paperback which was a big deal but also compared the risk of publishing it to crossing the street It is sobering to read about how hard it was for him to get the paperback published in UK and US because if that paperback hadn t come out his attackers would have wonWhen I began reading this novel I had to come to terms with something I was 12 years old when the fatwa was issued and I don t remember anything about it from back then But I ve always believed that he was in the right to publish that book and that no one had the right to attack him for that But at the same time I was against the so called Danish Cartoons the caricatures of Muhammad posted by Jyllands Posten back in 2005 Of course I didn t want anyone attacking Kurt Westergaard one of the drawers but I didn t like the idea of these drawings Now how could I reconcile supporting Rushdie and believing him to be in the right while not supporting these drawings I thought about that for a while and for me the answer is that Jyllands Posten did it intentionally to cause a disturbance while Rushdie didn t set out to do anything but write a novel Whether you agree or disagree with someone they should always be allowed to talk to say their mind You have to use words to defeat words not guns or bombs or knivesIn Denmark we have just had another case of a journalist known for criticizing Islam being attacked and attempted assassinated Now I disagree with this man but you can t go around shooting at people you disagree with But what this shows is that Rushdie s case is still current We still have to fight for freedom of speech Rushdie survived the fatwa and lived to see it being put to rest He views his case as a prologue to all that happened after 9 11 and even though we all should have become wiser we haven t really Unfortunately The value of art lies in the love it engenders not the hatred It is love that makes books 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  • Joseph Anton A Memoir
  • Salman Rushdie
  • English
  • 14 September 2019
  • 9780224093989

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 worldHis fourth novel The Satanic Verses led to protests from Muslims in several coun



10 thoughts on “Joseph Anton A Memoir

  1. says:

    He didn't need the publicity he didn't need the money he knew as a highly educated man brought up as a Muslim exactly what he was doing and still he did it and brought death and destruction in the wake of his book The Satanic Verses It was a kind of Pyrrhic victory being morally in the right but impossible to justify whe

  2. says:

    Salman Rushdie’s Joseph Anton A Memoir is an engaging account of Rushdie’s life in the aftermath of the fatwa issued against him in 1989 in effect the Ayatollah Khomeini sentenced him to death for blasphemy against the Prophet for his novel The Satanic Verses As a literature major at college I followed the news of the fatwa but I wasn't the only one as evidenced by the Seinfeld episode Especially in the first couple of years I heard abo

  3. says:

    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 tha

  4. says:

    I couldn’t get through The Satanic Verses I found it unreadable in spite of my immense curiosity for the book But I picke

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    As you are fighting a battle that may cost you your life is the thing for which you are fighting worth loosing your life for? p 285So 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

  7. says:

    It took a commitment to finish this book but I was pleased to have done it Rushdie's manner is sometimes arrogant and seemin

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    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 halfwa

  10. says:

    Update 92112 now 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 ualities as a writer which is ironic cos it's precisely the condition he so deplores his literary ualities getting eclipsed by his stat

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