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The Ground Beneath Her Feet The ground shifts repeatedly beneath the reader s feet during the course of Salman Rushdie s sixth novel, a riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in the high octane world of rock roll Readers get their first clues early on that the universe Rushdie is creating here is not quite the one we know Jesse Aron Parker, for example, wrote Heartbreak Hotel Carly Simon and Guinevere Garfunkel sang Bridge over Troubled Water and Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae starred in South Pacific And as the novel progresses, Rushdie adds unmistakable elements of science fiction to his already patented magical realism, with occasionally uneven resultsRushdie s cunning musician is Ormus Cana, the Bombay born founder of the most popular group in the world Ormus s Eurydice and lead singer is Vina Apsara, the daughter of a Greek American woman and an Indian father who abandoned the family What these two share, besides amazing musical talent, is a decidedly twisted family life Ormus s twin brother died at birth and communicates to him from the other side his older brothers, also twins, are, respectively, brain damaged and a serial killer Vina, on the other hand, grew up in rural West Virginia where she returned home one day to find her stepfather and sisters shot to death and her mother hanging from a rafter in the barn No wonder these two believe they were made for each otherNarrated by Rai Merchant, a childhood friend of both Vina and Ormus, The Ground Beneath Her Feet begins with a terrible earthquake inthat swallows Vina whole, then moves back in time to chronicle the tangled histories of all the main characters and a host of minor ones as well Rushdie s canvas is huge, stretching from India to London to New York and beyond and there s plenty of room for him to punctuate this epic tale with pointed commentary on his own situation Muslim born Rai, for example, remarks that my parents gave me the gift of irreligion, of growing up without bothering to ask people what gods they held dear You may argue that the gift was a poisoned chalice, but even if so, that s a cup from which I d happily drink again Despite earthquakes, heartbreaks, and a rip in the time space continuum, The Ground Beneath Her Feet may be the most optimistic, accessible novel Rushdie has yet writtenAlix Wilber ❰Epub❯ ➝ Longbow Girl Author Linda Davies – Kleankitchen.co.uk a riff on the Orpheus and Eurydice myth set in the high octane world of rock roll Readers get their first clues early on that the universe Rushdie is creating here is not quite the one we know Jesse Aron Parker [Epub] ❦ On His Naughty List By Jessica Jarman – Kleankitchen.co.uk for example ❰Read❯ ➵ Fire Colour One Author Jenny Valentine – Kleankitchen.co.uk wrote Heartbreak Hotel Carly Simon and Guinevere Garfunkel sang Bridge over Troubled Water and Shirley Jones and Gordon McRae starred in South Pacific And as the novel progresses ❮Reading❯ ➾ Invisible Wounds Author Kay Douglas – Kleankitchen.co.uk Rushdie adds unmistakable elements of science fiction to his already patented magical realism ❂ [EPUB] ✺ A City Possessed By Lynley Hood ➛ – Kleankitchen.co.uk with occasionally uneven resultsRushdie s cunning musician is Ormus Cana ❮PDF❯ ✪ Her Husbands Mistake ✑ Author Sheila O& – Kleankitchen.co.uk the Bombay born founder of the most popular group in the world Ormus s Eurydice and lead singer is Vina Apsara ❮Ebook❯ ➨ Mr Dove Über Den Wassern ➩ Author Maurice Shadbolt – Kleankitchen.co.uk the daughter of a Greek American woman and an Indian father who abandoned the family What these two share [Reading] ➮ Squirmy Wormy ➶ Lynda Farrington Wilson – Kleankitchen.co.uk besides amazing musical talent ➶ [Reading] ➸ Honeymoon By Sacha J. Witt ➫ – Kleankitchen.co.uk is a decidedly twisted family life Ormus s twin brother died at birth and communicates to him from the other side his older brothers ✴ [BOOKS] ⚡ Puck You By Peyton Novak ✾ – Kleankitchen.co.uk also twins ❰Reading❯ ➼ Mountain Moonlight Author Jane Anderson – Kleankitchen.co.uk are [Reading] ➷ Evvie Drake Starts Over Author Linda Holmes – Kleankitchen.co.uk respectively ➽ [Download] ✤ Confessio Fraternitatis By Johann Valentin Andreae ➲ – Kleankitchen.co.uk brain damaged and a serial killer Vina [Read] ➱ How to Save a Life By unholy.obsession – Kleankitchen.co.uk on the other hand [Epub] ➝ Mate Me [If You May] (The Millennium Wolves, By Sapir Englard – Kleankitchen.co.uk grew up in rural West Virginia where she returned home one day to find her stepfather and sisters shot to death and her mother hanging from a rafter in the barn No wonder these two believe they were made for each otherNarrated by Rai Merchant [Read] ➮ Little Creatures Author Stephen Quayle – Kleankitchen.co.uk a childhood friend of both Vina and Ormus ➥ [Epub] ➟ Good Enough Parenting; The Sensible Discipline Guide for New Parents By Lisl Fair ➯ – Kleankitchen.co.uk The Ground Beneath Her Feet begins with a terrible earthquake inthat swallows Vina whole ❥ [KINDLE] ❂ The Boy Next Door By Jessica Jarman ➢ – Kleankitchen.co.uk then moves back in time to chronicle the tangled histories of all the main characters and a host of minor ones as well Rushdie s canvas is huge ❮KINDLE❯ ➜ The Flowers of Adonis ❤ Author Rosemary Sutcliff – Kleankitchen.co.uk stretching from India to London to New York and beyond and there s plenty of room for him to punctuate this epic tale with pointed commentary on his own situation Muslim born Rai ❮Download❯ ➻ The Tear Jar ➿ Author Celia Rees – Kleankitchen.co.uk for example ❃ [EPUB] ✻ The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet By Nicholas C Jellicoe ➜ – Kleankitchen.co.uk remarks that my parents gave me the gift of irreligion ❰Epub❯ ➟ The Piping Times Author Jeffery Farnol – Kleankitchen.co.uk of growing up without bothering to ask people what gods they held dear You may argue that the gift was a poisoned chalice ➽ [Reading] ➿ Sorry Im Late, I Didnt Want to Come By Jessica Pan ➲ – Kleankitchen.co.uk but even if so [Ebook] ➠ Down the Back of the Chair Author Margaret Mahy – Kleankitchen.co.uk that s a cup from which I d happily drink again Despite earthquakes ⚣ [PDF] ✅ The Amber Princess By Henry Treece ✰ – Kleankitchen.co.uk heartbreaks [Epub] ➝ Call-out By Frederick R. Galea – Kleankitchen.co.uk and a rip in the time space continuum [Ebook] ➠ Raelia (The Medoran Chronicles, By Lynette Noni – Kleankitchen.co.uk The Ground Beneath Her Feet may be the most optimistic [Read] ➵ Edens Children (Terratellus Trilogy ➼ Sandy Johnson – Kleankitchen.co.uk accessible novel Rushdie has yet writtenAlix Wilber


10 thoughts on “The Ground Beneath Her Feet

  1. Amanda Amanda 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 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. Chris Chris 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 langua 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. Petra-X Petra-X 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 throughthan 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.


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    Having only read


  5. Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath 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 w 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 acontemporary 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 beingthan shared bodies might appeal to some but not to me Love is fidelity Period Ormus Cama embodies this muchthan 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 lotthan just clever wordplay


  6. Kirstie Kirstie 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 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


  7. Tami Lynn Andrew Tami Lynn Andrew 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 throughthan 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 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 throughthan 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 and pompous.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


  8. Neda Neda 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 fri 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


  9. Lavinia Lavinia says:

    oops i did it again i started it for the third time and i m determined to finish and like it i intend the same thing with ulysses and foucault s pendulum i ll see about the rest if only i could get over the first 100 pages wish me luck i can t believe i paid 43.8 RON in 2005 to get this book well, this might be just another reason for reading it U2 feat rushdie wrote a beautiful song based on the bookhttp www.youtube.com watch v hQ XKz 24.10.2008 The only people who see the oops i did it again i started it for the third time and i m determined to finish and like it i intend the same thing with ulysses and foucault s pendulum i ll see about the rest if only i could get over the first 100 pages wish me luck i can t believe i paid 43.8 RON in 2005 to get this book well, this might be just another reason for reading it U2 feat rushdie wrote a beautiful song based on the bookhttp www.youtube.com watch v hQ XKz 24.10.2008 The only people who see the whole picture are the ones who step out of the frame i m sort of happy i didn t read the book earlier, i just discovered some cinematographic referrals to fellini, bergman and godard i would have certainly skipped back then i still fail to picture rushdie s art deco bombay i can t separate india from malaria, cholera or typhoid rai reminds me of nick carraway narrating gatsby s love story.26.10.200870 s Bombay through a photographer s lenses There was too much money, too much poverty, too much nakedness, too much disguise, too much anger, too much vermilion, too much purple There were too many dashed hopes and narrowed minds There was far, far too much light and a beautiful tribute to James Joyce Ulysses The hanged man and I were alone for a long time His feet swung not far from my revolted nose and yes I wondered about the heels of his boots yes when I got the ropes off I made myself approach him yes in spite of his pong like the end of the world and the biting insects yes and the rawness of my throat and my eyes sore from bulging as I puked I took hold of his heels one after other yes I twisted the left heel it came up empty but the right heel did the right thing the film just plopped down in my hand yes and I put an unused film in its place from my own boot yes and I could feel his body all perfume and my heart was going like mad and I made my escape with Piloo s fate and my own golden future in my hand yes and to hell with everything I said yes because it might just as well be me as another so yes I will yes I did yes 27.10.2008i have the feeling that if i update my reading statusoften, i ll finish the book sooner i already imagine myself reading something light, kinsella or smth similar pso far, i don t like vina s character dunno why.30.10.2008 After a tense initial period during which they sometimes see each other in the evenings, with painfully awkward results, they agree to meet only to rehearse with the other band members, to discuss their finances and to perform They are never alone together any , they never eat a meal or take in a movie in each other s company, never phone each other, never go dancing, never feed animals in the zoo, never touch Like divorced couples, they avoid each other s gaze Yet, mysteriously they continue to say they are both deeply, irreversibly, forever and a day in love.What can this mean It means they are with each other constantly even while they are apart No dear, it means that they re both stupid Stupid oath Stupid Ormus for accepting Vina s eccentricities and caprices.31.10.2008some final notes rushdie is indeed a skillful writer, and his use of language is absolutely beautiful i liked the many references he made to literature, cinema and mythology, though at some point i was fed up with remarks about orpheus and eurydice.speaking of the two mythological characters and the multiple connections between them and the larger than life characters of ormus and vina, i prefer mortals like rai.i really don t get why rai and ormus would both worship the ground beneath vina s feet.i ll reward myself with a whole box of chocolate for finishing this doh, and one final thing it was the last place where i thought i d read about ceausescu and targu secuiesc misspelled t rgul sa uesc


  10. Michael Finocchiaro Michael Finocchiaro says:

    I honestly was bored just a few pages into this one I don t even remember finishing it I think that as much as I loved The Satanic Verses, Midnight s Children, and The Moor s Last Sigh as well as Jaguar Nights, Imaginary Homelands, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, his other fiction just has not had the power to pull me in as much into his universe Apparently, I am not the only one on GR to have been underwhelmed by this one so it will sink low on my to be read again when I am retired and re I honestly was bored just a few pages into this one I don t even remember finishing it I think that as much as I loved The Satanic Verses, Midnight s Children, and The Moor s Last Sigh as well as Jaguar Nights, Imaginary Homelands, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, his other fiction just has not had the power to pull me in as much into his universe Apparently, I am not the only one on GR to have been underwhelmed by this one so it will sink low on my to be read again when I am retired and read everything else on my tbr list


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