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Good Advice is Rarer Than Rubies, Salman Rushdie

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Syeda Misbah Hussain

on 27 June 2014

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Transcript of Good Advice is Rarer Than Rubies, Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie
violence shows the power and influence of a printed book
"Good Advice is Rarer Than Rubies" (1987)
published in "The New York" magazine
stereotyping and hybridity
lives in New York, today
New Roman? ("The Fatwa Years")
Cultural and historical background of Pakistan
Muslim Leader = Ali Jinnah
separate Muslim state
Partition of India
-> Independence in 1947
Pakistanis in Britian
(Bradford, Luton, Birmingham, Slough)
Main conflict and its reasons:
-> arranged marriage of Ms. Rehana
-> comes to the British Consulate to get the Passport
-> "Good Advice is Rarer Than Rubies" connection to the story
M. Ali gives his advices to Ms. Rehana
she knows what she has to do = to don't get the permission
Rubies are very valuable
Miss Rehana
Quotes and analysis
-> p.166, I. 24: "Good Advice is Rarer than Rubies"
-> p.168, I. 6 : "Thank you for you advice"
-> p.169, I. 37-38: "[..].And if you make one mistake, you are finished."
-> p.170, I. 17-22: "[..].You are proposing I should commit a crime[..]"
-> p.171, I. 45: " Salaam, advice wallah"
-> p.172, I.25-31: "[..] I got all their questions wrong, she replied.[..]"

Rehana gets off the bus
and walks towards
the British Consulate
"Good Advice is Rarer
Than Rubies"

Eng LK 12 II:

Salman Rushdie
Sabra, Tim, Nina and Misbah
born in Mumbai (India), in 1947
moved to Pakistan and got educated in Britain
remained in Britain -> became a full-time writer
2nd book brought him international acclaim
"The Satanic Verses" (1988) 4th -> book
sent a note regret -> fatwa lifted in 1988
doesn't want to go to England because of her good life in Pakistan
doesn't really know her fiancee
Themes and issues
arranged marriage and life in England
many women doesn't want to give up their life
-> have a good and beautiful life in their own country
Miss Rehana
Muhammad Ali
(Mustafa Dar)
young beautiful woman
black shiny eyes
very confident, independent, calm
works as a nanny
parents promised her to Mustafa Dar
Muhammad Ali
an old man -> grey hair
an "Advice expert"
advise women who arrive at the British Consulate
Narrative structure
very simple style with short sentences
separated in two longer conversations
dialogue -> Ms. Rehana & M. Ali
3rd person narrator
both characters talking in English
some words in "Urdu"
Muhammad Ali, a fraud
offers her an advice
M. tells Rehana that
the Sahibs will ask her
embarassingly intimate
M. advise her
to buy a fake
passport. She refuses
his offer.
After the interrogation she meets Muhammad and tells him she got rejected
She tells him about her life and he is surprised
She leaves happily and
thanks him for his advice
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