Joseph Anton

Joseph Anton

by Salman Rushdie

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ISBN-13: 9780812982602
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/10/2013
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 381,640
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 7.76(h) x 1.44(d)

About the Author

Salman Rushdie is the author of eleven novels—Grimus, Midnight’s Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, The Enchantress of Florence, and Luka and the Fire of Life—and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published three works of nonfiction: The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981–1991, and Step Across This Line, and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a former president of American PEN.

Hometown:

New York, New York

Date of Birth:

June 19, 1947

Place of Birth:

Bombay, Maharashtra, India

Education:

M.A. in History, King's College, University of Cambridge

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Joseph Anton: A Memoir 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Isles More than 1 year ago
Moments ago, I turned the last page of Salman Rushdie's memoir, Joseph Anton. I started it around September 20th and it took me until December 17th, to finish (investing, on average, about an hour-and-a-half of reading per day). Some will consider this a long book (656 pages), but at no point in my journey did it seem overwritten or garrulous. Some memoirs tend to indulge in dull personal matters or mundane reminiscences, but not this one (Martin Amis wrote a particularly boring memoir that I found hard to finish; it turned out to be an 'experience' I could have done without). By the very nature of his circumstances, Rushdie's is a harrowing and riveting tale, and this made it all the more exciting to read. Please ignore the low-starred reviewers below; I doubt they have the ability to read any long book. Most people also seem to forget the purpose of a memoir when they describe its author as name-dropping, self-aggrandizing solipsists. In a memoir, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO NAME NAMES. I want to know about Rushdie's literary friends, the movie stars he dated (Meg Ryan), and the places he has been to. What else do you expect? It's a memoir! At no point did Rushdie sound overly self-serving or whiny. He went through absolute hell for more than ten years of his life, all for writing a book that was perceived to be an insult to a ghastly and tyrannical religion. I think he has a right to complain a bit about the way he was treated by both the extremists abroad and the feeble British government at home. Despite this, he gives great credit to his protectors, the members of A Squad, and to all those to reached out to help during these troubling times. But he also shines a bright light on the toadies who attempted to cast him as a despicable devil in this whole ordeal. The British Press, Cat Stevens, John le Carre, Penguin Group; all of their positions were given a fair review and presented so that the reader can reach his/her own conclusions about who was in the wrong. Rushdie does not shy away from his own personal failings, nor does he try to sugarcoat anything. He reveals his personal faults that led to the end of his four marriages, but he also presents his side of the story effectively. If you don't want to hear about personal stories, literary jet-set circles, or someone's opinions on various issues, than don't read their memoir. If you are looking to learn more about one of the greatest authors of the 20th and 21 centuries, than check out Joseph Anton.
scdoane More than 1 year ago
Having tried to read and understand "The Satanic Verses" I did not expect to finish "Joseph Anton" but was delighted to find Salman Rushdies memoir fascinating reading; and a trove of background information to help me to understand his writing. I will try "Verses" again from a new perspective.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This lengthy book varies from engrossing to tedious at times. Its message, that freedom of speech and writing is important and should be more important than fear of offending, is compelling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've seldom had time to read fiction, and so have yet to read any of Salman Rushdie's other work. Based on the beautiful writing in this book, I will get right to it. I was interested in his story because of the ordeal he lived through when he was under threat of death, and found his lessons about life valuable and inspiring. I am glad he survived, and grateful that he and his supportive friends work for freedom for writers around the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fascinating biography of the arduous ordeal Mr. Rushdie faced for too many years. What a struggle for freedom!!!
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
Joseph Anton was the very moving and informative autobiography of Salman Rushdie. If you care about freedom of speech, religious freedom (or the right to have none at all) or history, you will enjoy this book. It's also a poignant reminder of the dangers of extremism, and is quite relevant for our own time. I learned a lot, and I was also reminded to appreciate every day and every freedom that we have in the U.S.
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An inspiring and at times reflective and indulgent memoir.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rushdie's book is too long by at least one third. Do we really need to read the guest list at every party he attended, especially since most of the folks he mentions are from England and hardly known in this country. Too much repetition about the security that helped him survive. Not enough information about his marriages, which is perhaps the only really interesting material in the book. It is also seriously marred by his use of the third person rather than the first person. This is a good book to skim so you can skip the considerable uninteresting portions. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
500 + pages of whining. Book describes a shallow person who throws away wives & blames all his problems on others.