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The Ground Beneath Her Feet quotes The Ground Beneath Her Feet, litcharts The Ground Beneath Her Feet, symbolism The Ground Beneath Her Feet, summary shmoop The Ground Beneath Her Feet, The Ground Beneath Her Feet 20359170 Salman Rushdie S Most Ambitious And Accomplished Novel, Sure To Be Hailed As His MasterpieceAt The Beginning Of This Stunning Novel, Vina Apsara, A Famous And Much Loved Singer, Is Caught Up In A Devastating Earthquake And Never Seen Again By Human Eyes This Is Her Story, And That Of Ormus Cama, The Lover Who Finds, Loses, Seeks, And Again Finds Her, Over And Over, Throughout His Own Extraordinary Life In Music Their Epic Romance Is Narrated By Ormus S Childhood Friend And Vina S Sometime Lover, Her Back Door Man, The Photographer Rai, Whose Astonishing Voice, Filled With Stories, Images, Myths, Anger, Wisdom, Humor, And Love, Is Perhaps The Book S True Hero Telling The Story Of Ormus And Vina, He Finds That He Is Also Revealing His Own Truths His Human Failings, His Immortal Longings He Is A Man Caught Up In The Loves And Quarrels Of The Age S Goddesses And Gods, But Dares To Have Ambitions Of His Own And Lives To Tell The TaleAround These Three, The Uncertain World Itself Is Beginning To Tremble And Break Cracks And Tears Have Begun To Appear In The Fabric Of The Real There Are Glimpses Of Abysses Below The Surfaces Of Things The Ground Beneath Her Feet Is Salman Rushdie S Most Gripping Novel And His Boldest Imaginative Act, A Vision Of Our Shaken, Mutating Times, An Engagement With The Whole Of What Is And What Might Be, An Account Of The Intimate, Flawed Encounter Between The East And The West, A Brilliant Remaking Of The Myth Of Orpheus, A Novel Of High And Low Comedy, High And Low Passions, High And Low Culture It Is A Tale Of Love, Death, And Rock N Roll


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 an endless series of references I feel like I maybe got half the references Thanks to my recent read of The Sandman series I was pretty familiar with the Orpheus Eurydice myth.I especially liked the way he used music and mashed up songs This was my second novel by this author and I m planning on my third next month I hope at some point to reread this one because I think there is still lots left to explore.


  2. says:

    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 the most important thing a person can do Add to it all the burbling, effusive joy with which Rushdie handles language, and this book is pretty well hand tailored for me It s also the only place you ll ever find a shout out for the great poet John Shade.


  3. says:

    A strange and abounding novel, which plunges us into the destiny of an imaginary rock band, whose two leaders, united and torn by a love story, gradually change the face of the world.The story is mainly due to the fantastic pinch which the author has sprinkled, the group s inspirer being in contact with a mysterious parallel dimension that gradually invades the narrative.In the end, a book that is worth the detour, especially for what you learn about India, but not always easy, especially in the last hundred pages that drag on.


  4. 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 through than 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.


  5. says:

    Having only read Midnight s Children by this author before, I was actually a tiny bit terrified of trying this one, especially on audio It wasn t nearly as hard to follow so the audio ended up being an excellent option.The story is told by a man named Rai and covers the time from his first sight of Vina until after her death It tells the story of two lovers, Vina and Ormus, whose music is so compelling that it changes the world Throughout the story we also know that Rai is in love with Vina and has been from when he first laid eyes on her We get his personal view of these famous lovers and their triumphs and tragedies It starts with Rai at the age of 13 and tells the stories of the families as well We get to know them as teens and we learn their life story from well before their musical talents were known.The story is supposed to be a retelling of the myth of Orpheus, and after a review of Wikipedia, I can see where those elements come in Rushdie turns it into a very compelling story of love and loss, and a world that got broken along the way.


  6. says:

    Tutti abbiamo qualcosa che ci sostiene a questo mondo, ma se quel qualcosa viene meno allora che si fa Saremo gli Ormus Cama della situazione o i Rai Si pu vivere attaccati ad un ricordo e inseguendolo O si deve andare avanti Cosa succede quando la terra sotto i tuoi piedi inghiotte quello che hai di pi caro Hai perso solo quello o anche te stesso E quel qualcosa mai stato veramente tuo Fin dove pu arrivare un amicizia Rushdie cerca di rispondere a tutto questo e a molto pi Ecco perch questo libro contiene tutto E molto di pi


  7. says:

    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 Vina in India while still very much a boy He basically devotes his whole life to Vina and the language is so strong that by the end, you forget that these characters really are fictional and didn t exist Ormus, who Vina is also in love with, immediately recalls Freddie Mercury of the band Queen, who has many similarities The other really engaging thing about this novel is following the characters, especially Rai from India to England to America The only weakness is how it ends but I can forgive Rushdie this error as the rest of the writing in the novel is incredibly strong This was the second time I read this one.


  8. 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 Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, The Satanic Verses and The Ground Beneath her Feet by Rushdie and this was the book that let me down It had nothing of the erudite restraint of the Moor s Last Sigh, the magical realism and haunting mysticism of Shalimar the Clown, the quirky historical mystery of The Enchantress of Florence, or the delicious ambiguity of The Satanic Verses The Ground Beneath her Feet is a rant, Rushdie s attempt at retelling a great love story It has its moments, but, overall it falls hard and fails to land on its feet.The story revolves around the tumultous relationship between Ormus Cama and Vina Apsara, two musical prodigies whose lives are intertwined irreversibly Shadowing them, sometimes friend and oftentimes jealous voyeur is Umeed Rai Merchant, photographer and a man hopelessly in love with Vina himself He narrates the story and is Rushdie s manic voice transmitted onto the page.The story is an attempt at reworking the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a contemporary setting, Vina is damaged goods and Ormus is unloved by his parents and brought up in an India in the throes of post colonial reinvention The first half of the book is the best and most moving part of this journey Set entirely in a Bombay filled with Englishmen, Colonial sympathisers and anglicized Parsi Patriarchs Rushdie s magic is truly apparent as I was unable to stop reading the book for the first 300 odd pages Rushdie seems comfortable writing about his country of birth and of the city he favours most Bombay The heartache seems to resonate from the pages as a vindication of the agony of his forced exile This part also deals with a lot of amazing characters who you learn to love And then if I may use the name of one of the chapters in the book comes The Whole Catastrophe This book is too myriad and jumbled to give you a proper summary of the plot Characters step in and out and there are the standard ridiculous coincidences and the heavy foreshadowing that Rushdie is famous for However, as soon as the action steps over to England and America, he loses the reader Perhaps he is not as comfortable writing about these places, perhaps he just doesn t have the knack of making these foregn climes as attractive as the coast of Maharashtra for whatever the reason, once the action shifts, the book nosedives and never completely recovers.And there was the science fiction Rushdie seems to have added some of his musings from his most hallucinogen induced dreams Sure, the entire subplot of the time space continuum is a metaphor for the unstable times we live in where contradictions supplant our daily fare Sure, Rushdie has a long history of superpower imbued and troubled heroes Sure, it is even a little diverting, interesting to see how all this pans out And then, in the end Nothing No cataclysm, no catastrophe, no proper tying up of the threads of that particular subplot Just a wispy wraith on a chair giving an astral message and the plot is erased.This book is unstable, forgetting important characters for a long period of time, giving space to characters who are moping and self indulgent read Vina and Ormus The lead pair was a tad annoying, and , considering they take up most of the space of the book, I was extremely ticked off for the major part.And there is the question of love Rushdie impresses upon the reader the importance of the Love that Vina and Ormus shared Call me old fashioned but there is no love without fidelity and Vina dabbles in infidelity so rampant it makes Madonna look like a nun This entire concept of love being than shared bodies might appeal to some but not to me Love is fidelity Period Ormus Cama embodies this much than Vina Apsara ever does in this book, all Vina seems to love is herself.The ending is too contrived, and too forced to make an impression It brought to mind the amazing ending scene in the World According to Garp by John Irving with none of the emotional whallop that moment packed By the time you reach the last few 100 pages, the amazing and very real world of Post Colonial Bombay in the beginning of the book seems like a wonderful dream and the crazy pop culture inspired name dropping rant in the final pages, which seems to go nowhere, is just tedium.Nuff said I suppose Mr Rushdie, if you want to impress us, it takes a lot than just clever wordplay.


  9. 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 picked this one up hesitantly i wanted to read something by rushdie, and a good friend of mine highly recommended this let s just say, he has yet to fail me this is a brilliantly written story it s a soap opera a tale of lovers woe there is not much surprise or originality in the love story in fact i didnt care about any of the characters much our diva is a selfish bi atch who does not deserve the love she gets her beau is an idiotic hopeless romantic and then there is the other hopeless romantic, who pines for a woman and takes what he can get pathetic there was not one character i liked.but it is how the story is told that is fantastic it is the language of the story, rusdie is a magician with words sometimes i would read the same sentence half a dozen times no word was misplaced or misused it was perfect i guess there is something to be said about writing un likable characters, but still being so brilliant that your readers cannot help but to keep reading.that said, i did not like the ending of the book the resolution, how each character s life is resolved there is some mysticism in this as well, which i still do not know how i feel about nonetheless, it is an amazingly written novel a gem a beautiful and poetic novel.


  10. 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 through than 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 was not impressed I felt like it was just this long winded story of nothing There was so much irrelevant back story and unnecessary characters The story itself could have been told in 150 pages and half of the characters could AND SHOULD have been completely eliminated.As if that wasn t enough, I actually DISLIKED Vina Apsara Here s this 600 page story about TWO men and an entire world that are madly in love with this famous, sexy, self proclaiming free spirit and are completely destroyed due to her demise this you learn on page 1 but it takes 500 pages to loop back around to and I found her to be arrogant, pompous and extremely slutty.Why would you even agree to marry someone especially someone who is madly in love with you and practices complete celibacy for over ten years if you just want to sleep with other men I don t believe true love is giving your body to other people.Maybe that s just me..But it made it extremely difficult for me to gain anything out of this novel when it s supposed to be the story of ultimate love and I rolled my eyes and found myself screaming at the male characters She s a bitch, why do you even care about her


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