I finished the novel Muhammad yesterday and have been pondering what to say about it. I found the story interesting and well-told. I’ve read a number of other books by Deepak Chopra and like the way he writes.
I think I’ll let smarter, more knowledgable folks review the book. No shortage there. So, what can I say about the novel?
If you were a kid, or have a kid, or you’ve been to a kid’s party, you’ve seen those guys that make balloon animals. Before blowing up those long skinny balloons they twist and shape into giraffes and stuff, they usually stretch the balloon. And as they inflate the balloon, they sometimes bend and turn it.
That’s what much of my reading has been like in the last few years. My thinking gets stetched and expanded, often to the breaking point.
One guy makes a hat, the next a horse. I enjoy them all and try to remember it’s all the same air inside the different colored balloons.
I knew almost nothing about the Prophet Muhammad. Now I know more. And maybe a little about the people who follow his teachings.
I fear many of those who would discuss this with me a) haven’t read the book and b) would be intent on explaining why Islam is wrong. (In their world, there is only one balloon and it’s blue and round.)
For that reason, I’ll limit comments to those who have read the book. So be prepared with a specific page reference.