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Shalimar the Clown,
This review is from: Shalimar the Clown: A Novel (Hardcover)
This is a well-written novel but it is quite dark and is brutally ugly at times. Eventhough it kept my interest, parts of it were disturbing and difficult to read. I suppose the tenor reflects the subject matter, which involves the recent history of Kashmir. There are moments of beauty (and Kashmir is described as a paradise in the past) contrasted with an over-riding sense of the grotesque (as Kashmir is destroyed through war and political wrangling). I was bothered that there was no sense of mercy or humanity towards the end but this, perhaps, is indicative of the situation in Kashmir today. It is well-written with some powerful themes that echo some of our current events. However, it was different than I expected and I found it unsettling.