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By Salman Rushdie

The Wizard of ounces 'was my first actual literary influence,' writes Salman Rushdie in his
account of the good MGM kid's vintage. on the age of ten he had written a story,
'Over the Rainbow', a few vibrant myth global. yet for Rushdie The Wizard of Oz
is greater than a kid's movie, and greater than a myth. it is a tale whose driving
force is the inadequacy of adults, within which 'the weak spot of grown-ups forces
children to take keep watch over in their personal destinies'. And Rushdie rejects the conventional
view that its delusion of break out from truth ends with a comforting go back to home,
sweet domestic. to the contrary, it's a movie that speaks to the exile. The Wizard of Oz
shows that mind's eye can develop into fact, that there's no such position like home,
or quite that the single house is the only we make for ourselves.
Rushdie's fabulous insights right into a movie extra frequently noticeable than written approximately are
rounded off along with his regularly scintillating brief tale, 'At the public sale of the Ruby
Slippers,' in regards to the day whilst Dorothy's crimson footwear are knocked all the way down to $15,000 at a
sale of MGM props …
In his foreword to this targeted variation, released to rejoice the 20 th anniversary of
the BFI movie Classics sequence, Rushdie seems to be again to the conditions during which he
wrote the e-book, while, within the wake of the talk surrounding The Satanic Verses
and the difficulty of a fatwa opposed to him, the assumption of domestic and exile held a particular

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