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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. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Mr Rushdie is a supreme novelist, and this is a dense but highly enjoyable novel. The author tells the story unconventionally and does not follow a straight narrative arc; rather,... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Alex
The plot and especially the writing style were wonderful. I would recommend knowing a little bit about India in the 1900s, or at least having Google ready. Read morePublished 1 month ago by roy rogers
Shalimar the Clown is a must read to understand the beginning of the masacre taking place in Kashmir. It was suggested to me by a curator of Asian Art. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Louise L Giliberti
To be honest, I was disappointed with this book. It's my first Rushdie novel and I had heard much about Rushdie being the greatest storyteller of our time. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Tom
One of my favorites by Salman Rushdie. Well written and a tight plot and very good character development. I enjoyed it.Published 13 months ago by MysteryLover1968
Good in parts! However some was pretty tedious and overall I would not recommend it. It was my first sample of Rushdie.Published 16 months ago by Russel P. Gibaut
My favourite Rusdie novel to date....brilliant...If you want to understand how fundamental religious ideology works this is it. ...and it's totally entertaining and insightfulPublished 19 months ago by Murray Gordon