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Shame: A Novel Paperback – March 11, 2008
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“Rushdie’s novels pour by in a sparkling, voracious onrush...each paragraph luxurious and delicious.” The New Yorker
“There can seldom have been so robust and baroque an incarnation of the political novel as Shame. It can be read as a fable, polemic, or excoriation; as history or as fiction.... This is the novel as myth and as satire.” Sunday Telegraph
“Shame is and is not about Pakistan, that invented, imaginary country, ‘a failure of the dreaming mind.’... Rushdie shows us with what fantasy our sort of history must now be written—if, that is, we are to penetrate it, and perhaps even save it.” The Guardian
“Swift in Gulliver’s Travels, Voltaire in Candide, Sterne in Tristram Shandy...Rushdie, it seems to me, is very much a latter-day member of their company.” The New York Times Book Review
“A pitch-black comedy of public life and historical imperatives.” The Times (UK)
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He has received many awards for his writing including the European Union's Aristeion Prize for Literature. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours.
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Much like Rushdie's second novel, "Midnight's Children", "Shame" contains an obstrusive narrator. This character (Rushdie himself?Read more ›
Neatly balancing Omar is the book's other protagonist, a little girl so engulfed in shame that her blushes burn everyone who touches her and almost set water to boil; when she grows up and loses her shame and thus her modesty, all hell breaks loose. Rushdie is also a terrific humorist, and some sections of the book will have you on the floor laughing. Above all,"Shame" is a tour-de force, a non-stop page-turner, a dizzying melange of allegory, parody, fantasy, mythology and modern history, told by a writer whose love/hate relationship with his country is reflected all over the book. It's Rushdie at his finest and helps to secure his place as one of the best writers of his generation.
Why, you might ask? The fact is that Shame homes in on a specific theme and doesn't let go. The book is essentially about the birth of Pakistan and its painful, turbulent early years. It is so focused on these themes that Rushdie goes so far as to include personal asides in the middle of the prose in order to further clarify the points he is making. Shame is a fun, clever and tremendously enjoyable novel but I can see people being put off by an almost educational, preachy tone in these little asides.
Don't get me wrong.... Shame is a GREAT book! For any of you who are familiar with Rushdie's style, you will find that he is up to form here. The plot is full of clever devices (much like in The Moor's Last Sigh) which will have you placing the book down, simply awestruck at the inventiveness and foresight.
What else can I say? I am enraptured with Rushdie. Anyone interested in reading simply astounding prose needs to do themselves a favor and read this author's work. Be forewarned though, this in not a light afternoon read, it requires a certain intellectual investment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The imagination of the author is, as usual incredible. The story is a mixture
of sociology, religion, fairy tale, history and more. Read more
Shame declares itself to be about a country like Pakistan, but not quite Pakistan. But it is indubitably Pakistan, from Peccavistan to the country that was born of not one, but... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Asian Mind
I didn't finish this. I never leave a book unfinished but this one did not deserve to be finished. The protagonist is dreadfully uninteresting and unsympathetic. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Josh G. Studor
“Shame” by Salman Rushdie is a story that is fabricated based on an imaginary country – a dream that eventually crumbles. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Thenkyl
In my opinion, this is the best book written by Mr. Rushdie. Rushdie's sentences make even the most mundane details memorable. Read morePublished 19 months ago by rahul sarvadevabhatla
Absolute perfection. What a complex and gorgeous tour de force. I cannot recommend this book enough! The characters are rich and plot lines sophisticated. Read morePublished 20 months ago by D.B.
I think rushdie is showing off. he sure has an expansive knowledge of western civilization, but too much of it is in this book.Published on January 19, 2014 by bernd Peterson