This book was a hard read because I have very little frame of reference of Islam or the story of the prophet Mohammed to lean on. The story is difficult to follow at times, but the literary genius that is Rushdie echoes in every crevice of the religious politicking that is The Satanic Verses. I enjoyed the descriptive writing that makes reference to books by some contemporary Indian poets and writers, which is a treat to see in New World English literature. I found the dichotomy of the two central characters to be fascinating and illuminating. It’s going to take me a while after finishing this book to truly digest the intricacies of Rushdie’s running commentary on India, ethnic relations and the growing tension that sits at the base of religious practice and belief systems.