Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Great Regulars: Then he [Timothy Mo] tells me a story

that seems to have been the last straw. He was in the office of some big man in publishing, ­discussing business, when a man came in carrying a manuscript. The big man told him just to put it "over there", then waved him out. Mo asked who it was, and it turned out to be a distinguished novelist delivering his latest book. "I thought, 'Holy shit, I've read this person's books.' This guy was what they call a mid-list author. He doesn't sell many copies, so they don't take much trouble. 'Christ,' I thought, 'nobody is ever going to treat me like that.'"

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: The Once and Future Tee-Mo


The texts have remained unpublished and no western scholar has since been allowed to examine them.

"If, as both Puin and his colleague have argued, these earliest fragments are to be dated to the beginning of the 8th century, it would suggest that their ultimate origins must lie well before that time," writes Holland.

Holland also does not think Mecca, revered as the birthplace of Muhammad, can have been where the story of the prophet was based.

from Bryan Appleyard: from The Sunday Times: The Truth of Islam


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