Shalimar the Clown

Shalimar the Clown

A Novel

Book - 2005
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"Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls, one of the makers of the modern world, is knifed to death in broad daylight on the doorstep of his illegitimate daughter India, slaughtered by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the clown. The dead man is a World War II Resistance hero, a man of formidable intellectual ability and much erotic appeal, a former United States ambassador to India, and subsequently America's counter-terrorism chief. The murder looks at first like a political assassination but turns out to be passionately personal."
"This is the story of Max, his killer, and his daughter - and of a fourth character, the woman who links them, whose revelation finally explains them all. It is a 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. There is kindness and there is magic capable of producing miracles, but there is also war - ugly, unavoidable, and seemingly interminable. And there is always love, gained and lost, uncommonly beautiful and mortally dangerous."--BOOK JACKET.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2005.
ISBN: 9780224061612
Branch Call Number: FIC RUSH
Characteristics: 398 p. ; 24 cm.


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May 27, 2019

The story is simple, but Rushdie turns it into a history book. Each character is carefully developed and set in its proper historical and social context with great detail. Rushdie’s love of the Kashmir that once was shines through. “Shalimar the Clown” is a critique of religion, politics, and social mores, from which no side emerges unscathed. It’s clear why Rushdie has been the subject of fatwas. As I approached the end of the book, I kept wishing the storytelling went on for another hundred pages. A wonderful book for anybody who loves language and who enjoys occasionally researching somewhat obscure references.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 19, 2015

A very timely novel about terrorism and the ongoing struggle between India and Pakistan for control of Kashmir. Shalimar is typical Rushdie: a novel that exists as a political thriller, folk tale, wartime adventure, slapstick comedy, and tale of romance. In a post 9/11 world Rushdie is able to see the horrors of extremism and religious conflict, however, his stories are always told with a decidedly humorous and cleverly satiric touch.

Sep 30, 2013

One of my top ten books of all time. Amazing story told through incredible mastery of language. An epic global tale that takes place in part in India & LA. A great first Rushdie if you've been wanting to read any of his tomes!

Mar 07, 2010

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