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Shalimar is at once a political thriller, folk tale, slapstick comedy, wartime adventure, and work of science fiction, pop culture, and magical realism. In shimmering (if sometimes baroque) language, Rushdie invokes clever satire and imaginative wordplay. Yet, despite its diverse genres and styles, Shalimar is, at heart, a story of love, honor, and revengeand the global consequences of such emotions and actions. Critics particularly praised Rushdies shocking description of Shalimars transformation into a cold-blooded Islamic terrorist, from his participation in training camps to forced humiliations before Taliban leaders. Similarly, wrenching descriptions of pre- and post-war Kashmir, his homage to a paradise lost, confirm Rushdies brilliant powers of observation and keen social insight. Some reviewers felt that some characters lacked psychological depth or complete plausibility, or were too allegorical, but most described Shalimar as convincingly realtoo real, even.
In the 21st century, Shalimars painful, terrifying themes are both fantastical and devastatingly real. To evidence otherwise, Rushdie offers a note of cautious optimism: people can work out their differences if left alone by ideologues or fanatics. Shalimar provides a timely, ultimately idealistic, message for our times.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
A wonderful novel dealing with terrorism and pop culture from my favorite novelist and one of the greatest minds and the biggest hero of the last 30 years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alexander M. Simon
Having enjoyed Satanic Verses and The Moors Last Sigh, I looked forward to another odyssey from Rushdie and was not disappointed. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Charles
It took me a while to make my way through this book, but it was well worth the time. Rushdie writes so elegantly that you can't rush through his prose. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Patricia Englin
I loved this book. The narrator does not do it justice but honestly I never really thought so before I read other reviews complaining about it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by average consumer
I had to get this book in the audio version to understand it. Then it made sense.Published 4 months ago by Murdoch_007
The book describes the plight of Kashmir in a great tragic love story. The way the entire story unfolds in between the situation in Kashmir is really gripping. Loves it.Published 8 months ago by Deepa Vaidyanathan