The Wizard of Oz

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Macmillan, May 27, 1992 - Performing Arts - 69 pages
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For Rushdie The Wizard of Oz is more than a children's film, and more than a fantasy. It's a story "whose driving force is the inadequacy of adults," in which the "weakness of grown-ups forces children to take control of their own destinies."

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Review: The Wizard of Oz (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)

User Review  - Sidharth Vardhan - Goodreads

"some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again." - CS Lewis Great trivia details about the movie but what fascinates me, that even a literary giant like Salmaan Rushdie could feel ... Read full review

Review: The Wizard of Oz (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)

User Review  - Castille - Goodreads

LOVE this series! What an interesting perspective of The Wizard of Oz. I appreciate that Rushdie loves the film and cherishes it, but also finds problems in its meaning. What is perhaps the most ... Read full review


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Salman Rushdie was born in India, raised in Pakistan, and educated in England, where he now lives. His Rabelaisian skill for telling stories teeming with fantasy and history, and the virtuosity of his style, with its sly transliterations of Indo-English idioms, won him a delighted audience with the publication of Midnight's Children in 1980. However, it was the urgency with which he returned to the lands of his birth and childhood to write of a world where politics and the individual are inseparably connected that won him wide acclaim as a brilliant new novelist and intellectual. He manages to stand both inside and outside the world of developing nations and tell their stories. His fantastical retelling of the story of Islam set in a London peopled by immigrants from around the world, The Satanic Verses (1988), is his last full-length novel: its publication raised the anger of Muslims in Britain, South Asia, and the Middle East who asked that the novel be banned. In February 1989, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini decreed a fatwa pronouncing the death sentence on him, and Rushdie has since lived in hiding. Subsequently, he offered several published explanations and apologies to Muslims (collected in Imaginary Homelands, 1991), and he also wrote a children's story, Haroun and the Sea of Stories (1990). In 2006, Rushdie joined the Emory University faculty as Distinguished Writer in Residence for one month a year for the next five years. Rushdie was awarded a knighthood for services to literature in the Queen's Birthday Honours on 16 June, 2007.

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