10.7.08

Sir Salman wins the Booker again

So Sir Salman has won the 'Best of the Booker' prize for Midnight’s Children to mark the 40th anniversary of one of the world's most prestigious literary awards. Good for him.

In 1981, when he was first awarded the Booker, it was by his peers. Now it is through an online poll.

Victoria Glendinning, chair of the panel who drew up a shortlist, said: “The readers have spoken in their thousands. And we do believe that they have made the right choice.”

Now the “thousands” really numbered 8000; Rushdie got 36 per cent of the votes among the six shortlisted writers, which amounts to 2880.

Two thousand eight hundred and eighty people around the world cast their votes for his book.

The report says: “At least half the voters were under 35, and the largest age group was 25-34, 'a reflection of the ongoing interest in quality fiction amongst readers of all ages’.”

A couple of things can be concluded from this. Young people are hugely interested in the Partition, so for those who say who cares about it, here is your answer. Two, Salman Rushdie has the baggage of the martyred Satanic Verses. It isn’t merely interest in quality fiction – did those who vote confirm that they had read the book and were they asked specific queries pertaining to the work? – but Rushdie’s reputation.

Even a simple account of the award could not do without mentioning how there were riots in the Muslim world (did not know we had a special world, now we need our own planet too, I guess) and “culminating in a death edict against Mr Rushdie by Iran's supreme religious leader, forcing the author into hiding for nine years”. The Ayatollah is dead and nine years are over.

"How will the Islamists react?" Oh dear, if you so desperately want them to, why don't you stand outside some mosque with your own loudspeakers and try it out?

Stop feeding this to those who voted; they were on an average still in kindergarten when Midnight’s Children was released.

MC, like much of Rushdie’s writings, is luscious and iconoclastic.

I still prefer Shame, but I have said this before.

4 comments:

  1. Another example of the Islamophobic West pandering to the so-called 'muslims' who have the 'courage' to criticise Islam. Coming at the heels of the Paris Mayor who offered citizenship to Taslima Nasreen for "raising her voice against the inhumanity of fanatism", it shows how eager the anti-muslim propaganda machinery in the West is to blow up such instances in the public domain to defame Islam. And the muslims fall for the trap by reacting violently. Introspection required.

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  2. The infamy attained by Rushdie [which he is misinterpreted or leveraged as fame] led to his glorious decline as a writer. Period.

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  3. Sir Salman deserves every accolade just for the reason that he held a mirror to the barbaric 'muslim world'.Yes,there is a muslim world that shakes everytime a cartoon is drawn,a teddy bear is named or a book is written.

    @nizthewiz

    Taslima was very courageous to speak out against muslim thuggery against Hindus in Bangladesh.Jehadis like you of course will label her publicity seeking..

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  4. NiztheWiz:

    I have maintained often enough that the mullahs are the biggest fools to start frothing at the mouth over slights by those who have nothing of relevance to say on that particular subject. I would hate to put Rushdie and Taslima in the same category...

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    I suppose Rushdie became complacent, but he is still one of the very best we have. But, yes, he has made an industry of this 'incarceration'.

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    The flaws in the reaction of the 'Muslim world' have been pointed out by this writer too... regarding teddy bears, cartoons and flushing of the holy book down the loo...it is all right here on this blog IF ANYONE CARES to see it and not wish to rubbish her because that suits a certain agenda just fine.

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