Ho letto questo romanzo per curiosità, volevo capire la storia del suo autore, ma ammetto che finirlo è stata una fatica e ci sono stati molti momenti in cui ho pensato di abbandonarlo. Mi sono piaciute le storie di Saladin e Gibreel, che avevano un loro filo logico che le ha accompagnate fino alla fine. Ma ho trovato francamente incomprensibili (colpa mia probabilmente) i capitoli di intermezzo con i personaggi mitologici o religiosi. Da rileggere, se ne avrò il coraggio, magari per capire meglio....Continua
I have read twice this book, slowly, very slowly in order to understand the plot and the setting but when I have arrived at the end I have realized to have realize to have understand nothing! It happens only with this novel! I have even read some critics before the second attempt!! Definitely this novel is out of my range!...Continua
"A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep."
"Then she found him. - And maybe he'd invented her, too, a little bit, invented someone worth rushing out of one's old life to love. - Nothing so remarkable in that. Happens often enough; and the two inventors go on, rubbing the rough edges off one another, adjusting their inventions, moulding imagination to actuality, learning how to be together; or not. It works out or it doesn't."
"Some days he finds himself among walking corpses, great crowds of the dead, all of them refusing to admit they're done for, corpses mutinously continuining to behave like living people, shopping, catching buses, flirting, going home to make love, smoking cigarettes."
"'I am nothing,' Ayesha said. 'I am a messenger.'
'Then tell me why your God is so anxious to destroy the innocent,' Osman raged. 'What's he afraid of? Is he so unconfindent that he needs us to die to prove our love?'"
"Fact is, [...] religious faith, which encodes the highest aspiration of human race, is now, in our counrty, the servant of lowest instincts, and God is the creature of Evil."
"I must think of myself, from now on, as living perpetually in the first instant of the future, he resolved [...]. But a history is not so easily shaken off; he was also living, after all, in the present moment of the past."...Continua
It took me 5 years to summon the courage to read it. It took me 2 months to finish it. It's not simple, at all: it's rich, crammed, slow, baroque, preposterous, spiced, honest, all-round, sick, balanced, funny, harsh, new, old. Most of all, it's good, and evil. Its English is smashing. I caught myself thinking, more than once, "when I read this again...". This doesn't happen that often!
Here's my advice: Read it slowly....Continua