Knight-watch on the blogosphere

While defending the knighthood of Salman Rushdie (or rather arguing that now it has been announced the knighthood shouldn’t be rescinded) it appears to be the done thing for a certain type of blogger or journalist to take the position that he or she can’t actually stand his work because it is boring, or pretentious: see here, here, here, here, and here, for example.  Occasionally, as with one prominent Tory blogger, this is done with an anti-intellectual flourish, a, “See me, I’m a man of the people” delight.  No comment needed really.

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8 Responses to Knight-watch on the blogosphere

  1. peeeeeeet says:

    Heh. And there was me thinking I was the only person who didn’t rate him.

    • Have you tried Haroun and the sea of stories? He wrote it for his son, Haroun, during his time in hiding.
      There are individual books of his I don’t like or have struggled with; others that I love. The response of some of the bloggers or journos I refer to, though, is to wear the dislike with pride (with some framing it in such a way that indicates that it is a personal thing rather than a judgment of literary merit – ie he didn’t like Thatcher) while demonstrating their magnaminity in thinking he should keep the knighthood (which they don’t think he should get).
      I’ll be less oblique in future 😉

      • peeeeeeet says:

        No I’ve not tried that one. I’ve been told I might enjoy Shame.

        • Shame is my favourite of his novels. I’ve struggled with Midnight’s Children but admired The Satanic Verses (and it has a scene where one of the characters is watching The Mutants – what more could you ask for).
          Haroun and the sea of stories is a children’s story but also a response to the fatwa. It’s much shorter and more controlled than his other fiction. It may be the circumstances around it that made it a moving read but it affected me more than any of his other novels.

  2. A plaque on all their houses. Blue, please.

  3. Anonymous says:

    tsk tsk
    I did at least restrict my comments to Satanic Verses – although I will admit I’ve only read that and Midnight’s Children. He’s one of those novelists who try too hard to show off their erudition for my tastes.
    Plus the fact he’s a bit of a tw*t all round – he’s hardly complementary about the culture that has given him this honour is he yes he still accepts it.

    • Re: tsk tsk
      I wasn’t a Midnight’s Children fan personally, but enjoyed Shame (the topic of which may lie behind some of the statements from ministers in Pakistan). I’ve unscreened this but would be interested to know who you are, or which blog you write on.

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