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I finished reading The Satanic Verses today after many months of reading. It was good. I'm not quite sure what it was about. Maybe grace. Maybe forgiveness. Maybe that humans find their essential goodness in themselves not in their gods.

I'm not sure. Whatever it was, it was good. Salman writes good. He writes like a rich, warm drink, that warms your soul and takes you a long time to finish because you're enjoying it so much.

And in honour of finishing the book today I'll post a quote:

"Any new idea... is asked two questions. The first is asked when it is weak: WHAT KIND OF AN IDEA ARE YOU? Are you the kind that compromises, does deals, accomdates itself to society, aims to find a niche, to survive; or are you the cussed, bloody-minded, ramrod-backed type of damnfool notion that would rather break than sway with the breeze? - The kind that will almost certainly, nintey-nine times out of a hundred be smashed to bits; but, the hundredth time, will change the world.
'What's the second question?' Gibreel asked aloud.
Answer the first one first."