Shalimar The Clown Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005
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'Rushdie combines the wonder of fairy tale with the grittiness of hard, political realism'. -- The Observer
'Rushdie is back on tip-top form with his inimitable high-octane prose.' -- Tatler Magazine
'Rushdie's greatest novel since 'The Satanic Verses'... There are few writers who can pull off such an act...transparent, extraordinary writing.' -- Los Angeles Times
'Shalimar the Clown finds [Rushdie]...writing at his best.' -- Evening Standard
'Shalimar...dramatises the fusion of personal calamity and - legitimate - political complaint into a volatile, and deadly, mixture of motives.' -- The Independent
'The book is a rare highwire act, a literary thriller.' -- Financial Times Magazine
'This is masterful fiction, to be sure, but, also and especially, all too real.' -- Newsweek International
'a magical-realist masterpiece that equals, and arguably surpasses, the achievements of 'Midnight's Children', 'Shame' and 'The Moor's Last Sigh'.' -- Kirkus
Like his best work, it traverses tumultuous passages of national history'. -- Philip Hensher, Telegraph
a book about the dark side of storytelling reminds us that nationhood and identity are not one and the same. -- David Robinson, The Scotsman
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Top Customer Reviews
The story takes places in different parts of the world, each described so vividly and in such detail that the reader is under the illusion of really being present.
Rushdie introduces a great number of exotic and interesting characters, whose life stories seem nothing but entertaining on the surface but are in fact full of symbolism.
This book, like all of the novels I have read by Rushdie, has multiple dimensions. On the surface it is a tale of a love affair tainted by betrayal and with horrific consequences. On a deeper level one finds the story of Kashmir, a beautiful region torn between Pakistan and India, losing its identity and its natural beauty in the conflict. The third dimension is that of the human struggle, what human beings might or might not do in the face of betrayal and oppression, feeling the need to redefine themselves, obtaining new goals and identities in order to survive and face up to their fate.
This book has left me with a deep impression of Kashmir, and with a sense of sadness for the loss of its beauty in the face of violence. Rushdie has touched me to the core with this novel.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In my opinion, not as good as some Others - what spoilt it for me was the opening chapters being set in the USA with all the naff story line that goes with that country.Published 14 months ago by Mr AJ Lock
Shalimar The Clown is a beautifully written novel with a strong storyline painting a rich picture of a number of lives ruined by a shallow and transient affair between a US... Read morePublished 17 months ago by John M
It has to be said, there is no-one to hold a candle to Rushdie when it comes to quality modern english language fiction. Read morePublished on 20 Aug. 2013 by Dillon the Villain
Rushdie has the great knack of precising characters into about three paragraphs and letting them flow. Read morePublished on 19 Sept. 2012 by Dan Smith
This has been my first reading of a Rushdie novel. Overall, I found it engaging and thought-provoking. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2012 by Fusionfan
This is Rushdie at his very best, and I am surprised that (a) it's not been more widely recognised and (b) that the book has not caused more controversy. Read morePublished on 6 Oct. 2010 by Jezza