by Roberta (Los Ranchos): This book was gifted to me and I am ashamed to admit that it is the first book by Salman Rushdie that I have read and now I want to read everything he has ever written. I was stunned by Rushdie’s intellect. The writing is beautiful and the story was complex. It has everything—-political satire, humor, sadness, great characters, intrigue, family drama, irony and more. I am ready for more Rushdie. He deserves every accolade that has been given to him.