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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.
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 5 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 10 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 11 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 14 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 16 months ago by Murray Gordon
I took a class on Rushdie and Naipaul, so I'm very familiar with Rushdie's work. The Satanic Verses gets the most praise, but I really think Shalimar the Clown is Rushdie's best... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Drea
I recently reread this book, and I will probably reread it again.
In this book there are images and phrases regarding life and love. Read more
I had no problems with the quality of the item or the seller whatsoever, they did exactly as advertised and I was very happy with how the book looked and the amount of time it took... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Life-of-an-Otaku
This is a work that screams to be read. Think you know everything about Salmon Rushdie? Think "Midnight's Children" and "The Satanic Verses" are all you need to know? Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Singer