(Midnight’s Children, indeed…)
I’m not a huge Salmon Rushdie fan.
I’m perfectly happy to agree with all his many millions of admirers that he is a great writer but with books it can be the same as with music: some stuff, however well made, just isn’t for you.
So, his famed second novel (and the first one I read), Midnight’s Children didn’t quite do it for me and neither did any of the other books I subsequently worked my ever more weary way through.
When the Satanic Verses got all that free publicity from the Beady-Eyed Bearded One I decided to read it, just to see what all the fuss was about…
… but I found it quite boring and worse, childish. Giving some whores the same names as Mohammed’s wives is just a bit too Benny Hill for my taste – but, as our Ayatollah didn’t quite say, ‘Chacun à son goût’, before lustfully stroking his beard while watching his neighbour’s gouty goat.
Anyway, so, what I wanted to say is that though I’m not a huge Rushdie fan, that doesn’t mean I take kindly to the now dead-parrot-y Mad Mullah and all who still sail on him.
Like the imbecile Imran Khan, who refused to be in the same postal code area as Rushdie because the latter had caused immeasurable hurt to all Muslims.
(Take it from me, Cobblers Khan, if you can’t measure it, it ain’t happened.)
Anyway (part deux), all of the above is just the amuse-bouche to today’s Quote Of The Day’s sublime spread.
… well, let’s start quoting – if not Quite Quoting Yet – from the Guardian:
Salman Rushdie has called on Indiansto wake up and fight for free speech because “voices are being silenced” and “a combination of religious fanaticism, political opportunism and public apathy is damaging that freedom upon which all other freedoms depend: the freedom of expression”.
Which sets the tone and brings us to the actual quote – or: Quote.
‘The human being is essentially a language animal. We are a creature which has always used language to express our most profound feelings and we are nothing without our language. The attempt to silence our tongue is not only censorship. It’s also an existential crime about the kind of species that we are. We are a species which requires to speak, and we must not be silenced.’
(One who kicked the bucket… and one still alive and kicking righteous ass…)