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Shalimar the Clown - Salman Rushdie
Shalimar the Clown
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“Dazzling . . . Modern thriller, Ramayan epic, courtroom drama, slapstick comedy, wartime adventure, political satire, village legend–they’re all blended here magnificently.”–The Washington Post Book WorldThis is the story of Maximilian Ophuls, America’s counterterrorism chief, one of the makers... show more
“Dazzling . . . Modern thriller, Ramayan epic, courtroom drama, slapstick comedy, wartime adventure, political satire, village legend–they’re all blended here magnificently.”–The Washington Post Book WorldThis is the story of Maximilian Ophuls, America’s counterterrorism chief, one of the makers of the modern world; his Kashmiri Muslim driver and subsequent killer, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the clown; Max’s illegitimate daughter India; and a woman who links them, whose revelation finally explains them all. It is an epic narrative that moves from California to Kashmir, France, and England, and back to California again. Along the way there are tales of princesses lured from their homes by demons, legends of kings forced to defend their kingdoms against evil. And there is always love, gained and lost, uncommonly beautiful and mortally dangerous.“A commanding story . . . [a] harrowing climax . . . Revenge is an ancient and powerful engine of narrative.”–The New York Times Book Review“Absorbing . . . Everywhere [Rushdie] takes us there is both love and war, in strange and terrifying combinations, painted in swaying, swirling, world-eating prose that annihilates the borders between East and West, love and hate, private lives and the history they make.” –Time“A vast, richly peopled, beautiful and deeply rageful book that serves as a profound and disturbing artifact of our times.”–San Francisco Chronicle“Marvelous . . . brilliant . . . a story worthy of [Rushdie’s] genius.”–Detroit Free PressONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR– The Washington Post Book World –Los Angeles Times Book Review –St. Louis Post-Dispatch –Rocky Mountain NewsONE OF THE BEST NOVELS OF THE YEAR–Time –Chicago Tribune –The Christian Science Monitor
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780679783480 (0679783482)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 398
Edition language: English
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5.0 Shalimar the Clown: A Novel
Como todo lo que escribe Rushdie, me encantó. Más contemporáneo que sus otras obras pero sin abandonar el realismo mágico, las descripciones de la India y especialmente de Kashmir. No es del nivel de Midnight's Children o The Satanic Verses, pero vale la pena.
target acquired
target acquired rated it
5.0
a smart young lady trying to find herself in California. the assassination of her father - America's counterterrorism chief. a portrait of Kashmir before all the ugliness and horror. the life of a man: lawyer, Jew, printer, resistance fighter, diplomat, husband, lover, father. a portrait of Kashmir ...
Beth's List Love on Booklikes
Beth's List Love on Booklikes rated it
4.0
The tragedy that is Kashmir is portrayed beautifully in this novel. Early in the novel, a Jewish Alsatian-born American former-Ambassador to India is murdered by his chauffeur, who goes by the name Shalimar. The murder leaves the ambassador's daughter India to reconstruct the reason for his death an...
Merle
Merle rated it
I was so impressed by this book that it's taken me awhile to work out what to say.... primarily, what fascinated me was the grace and effortlessness with which it moves from one setting to another: a large chunk is set in Kashmir, covering much of the last half of the 20th century; another large chu...
Jelle
Jelle rated it
Wonderful. Takes you from Kashmir to Los Angeles, from an indian fable to an intriguing resistance story during World War II in France. Terrorism, love, revenge, religion, it's all here. Rushdie is a master storyteller and even though I liked the Satanic Verses (the first thing I read by Rushdie), I...
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