David Finkle: Easy Reader: Salman Rushdie's Joseph Anton a Hitman-Target Hit
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Although I've been reading and reviewing books for several decades, not until Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton (Random House, 636pp, $30), have I realized how some part of me continues to look at books through callow eyes, to assess them naively.
I admit this freely, because when I read The Satanic Verses I considered it a work of great depth. That's, of course, the Rushdie novel that brought about Ayatollah Ruholla Khomeini's notorious fatwa on Valentine's day, 1989. In a text considering how often men and woman can be caught between two or more worlds -- whether literally, metaphorically or both -- part of its strong effect on me was something often not stressed in response to the writer's canon: his marvelous sense of humor.
Rushdie is a funny guy, folks.
So having reacted so positively to a piece of shining, frequently laugh-provoking literature, I was startled when it caused all that somewhat belated but thunderous controversy. I was taken by sur
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