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Shalimar the Clown [Sep. 19th, 2005|02:47 pm]
Discussion of the works of Salman Rushdie
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So, mister Rushdie finally got his new book out; Shalimar the Clown. I've read slightly less than half of it, and so far I really like it. I got a bit disappointed at first when I discovered it was set in LA; I mean, no offence, but IMHO Rushdie does India a lot better than he does USA; at least when thinking about Fury.

The second part of Shalimar however is set in Kashmir, and it's just great; you get a good insight into a (fictional?) village with both hindu and muslim inhabitants. So, have any of you started reading it yet? What do you think of it? How do you think it compares to his other novels?

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[User Picture]From: scarlet1983
2005-09-19 12:54 pm (UTC)
I've only just started reading, and I'm on page 30. My first thought was that it was a lot like The Ground, and that Rushdie always writes about the same things, makes the same jokes etc. But I can't really say anything about the book yet at this point, so maybe later.
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[User Picture]From: saavedra77
2006-03-21 03:45 pm (UTC)
I hesitate to respond so late, but I just wanted to say that I thought Shalimar the Clown is Rushdie's best book since at least The Satanic Verses--if not Midnight's Children. I think that Max & India Ophuls & Shalimar are the strongest characters he's written in a long, long time.
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[User Picture]From: bohemebelle
2006-10-20 09:53 am (UTC)
the book has brilliant characters .. no doubt.. but rushdie is not the same with his story telling.. my favourite character in the book was boonyi.. i think thats where he should have spent more time..
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