Shalimar the Clown
Sure enough, I'm finding Rushdie's authorial voice to be much like I remember it - extensive vocabulary, usage of magical realism/dreams/fantasies, strong character descriptions, and multi-cultural savvy that combine together seamlessly. For these reasons I'm finding the stor...more
Wonderful. All of Rushdie's powers are at play here, but perhaps the most striking is his exploration of the social and psychological borderland between visceral, emotional impulse and ideological motivation. What motivates someone to become an assassin, a terrorist, a murderer? And in the enlongated moment of that decision, how do personal, emotional wounds gain political currency enough to justify killing someone? Or killing many people?
(For a second ther...more
Rushdie is at full power in Shalimar. He combines his lush prose and diverse characters with political allegory and cultural savvy. Although it's...more
Several flashbacks take the readers to the past. Shalimar, the clown, was once full of affection and deeply in love with Boonyi, a beautiful Hindu girl who he married. Things come to a turn when Maxmillian come...more
Shalimar the Clown is my second book by Rushdie after I read Midnight's Children a few years ago. I read this book in 5 days by starting very tentatively and slowly until I was very immersed in it and felt the need and curiosity to read it quickly. It is a quite complex book which investigates the inner lives of very different characters from various backgrounds, often backgrounds that are unfamiliar to the Western reader. I have to confess...more
Rushdie’s latest work, Shalimar the Clown, is a clear example of what ails the novel today. Notwithstanding my disdain for page long sentences a...more
some of this is just so long winded.
also, his descriptions of the character, "India," remind me of his first inkling of desire for his ex-wife,pseudo-human and nit-wit, padma lakshmi. sick.
and finally, if you're going to name one of your main characters after a sort of popular german film director, make sure your audience understands why. if anyone else has read this, what do max ophuls the director, max ophuls the main character, and kashmira from the story all have...more
In Shalimar the Clown Rushdie considers India's largest problem spot: Kashmir. While his classic Midnight's Children delves into the history of independent India as a whole, Shalimar focuses instead...more
"Fierce! Make no mistake: this is a war novel, in both the literal and figurative sense; though mostly the literal. Transformation is a major theme here, as it is in most of the Rushdie's novels, and the reader is led through the hellish makeovers of people and places affected both directly and tangentially by the conflict/crisis that befell...more
Like some of the post-9/11 literature, Shalimar delves deep into the roots of terrorism and explores the turmoil generated by different faiths and cultures attempting to coexist. How can nations, Rushdie asks, go from near-peaceful ethnic and religious acceptance to violent conflict within a mere generation? Critics agree that Rushdie has brilliantly unraveled the construction of terrorists: some of them fight for ideas; others fight to fulfill vows or, if they are men, to reclaim their wives.
Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie (2005)
A few years ago a friend of mine gave me what was then Rushdie’s latest with a very lukewarm recommendation. As a result, I set it on my shelf for until such time as I had the time and motivation to plough through the man’s florid prose. I had just read his The Moor’s Last Sigh the previous year and was mildly impressed by the constancy of its themes and the unusual historical context, although the story itself did not have a whole lot goi...more
This book is about love, revenge and the search of identity.
Set in Los Angeles in 1991 - Max Ophuls, ex-ambassador of the United States in India is murdered by his Kashmiri driver, Shalimar the Clown. Salman Rushdie looks back at the story of each characters crossing times and countries. This book reveals the horror of the war in Kashimir and the danger of fundamentalism. The author goes beyond the criticism of the war and unravel the humans traits hidden underneath...more
I can never decide between one and two stars for this book. On the one hand, I would like to smack it down for being undeservedly well known, because a good book it is not. A plodding book, a confusing book for sure, but nothing positive.
On the other hand, I spent an intense 24 hours with it hunting for appropriate quotes and writing a surprisingly well received essay for class, and by the end of that ordeal, we had bonded. Stockholm-style...more
Em estado de choque, pois o crime é cometido praticamente à sua frente, India Ophuls, a filha, não entende como é que um homem tão bom como era o seu pa...more
These lines say a lot about Shalimar as a novel. Rushdie is a conjurer of vanished worlds, who laughs bemusedly at, then laments the breakdown of relationships. The novel hinges around one particular betrayal - by a young Kashmiri girl who wishes to escape the confines of her magical cook-actor community for the modern world. She betrays that community that tried to protect her in their own, constricting way, a...more
This is a book that is ostentatiously about the transformation of a Kashmiri stage performer into a vengeful assassin, but ends up being about too many things. The plot is the scorned love of the protagonist and his Kashmiri dancer wife. An American ambassador to India, an illegitimate daughter (named India), and the consequent murder of the ambassador by Shalimar The Clown, complete the plotline. In between, while giving a remarkable insight into the Kas...more
But in this case, the assertion that this is Rushdie's best work since "The Satanic Verses" is spot fucking on. I don't even really know how to succinctly sum up my feelings on the book either. To describe Rushdie's scope as "cinematic" or "epic" sells it short. His is a panoramic vision that spans culture and ethnicity, tim...more
Não sei muito sobre este assunto e acho que (tal como em todas as outras guerras por um bocado de terra e que envolvem religião) ninguém tem razão. Ou melhor, razão podem ter, mas nada justifica actos de guerra, mortes e mais mortes. India ou Paquistão é, neste momento, (quase) indiferente.
Mas, com t...more
There is no doubt that this is a collection of beautiful sentences. The writing is vivid, lyrical, and evocative. Unfortunately it's mostly evocative of horror. The sections all pretty much start out "Here are some people. Horrible things happened to them. Let's examine their lives leading up to the horrible things." The Kashmir sections are the loveliest, I think, but that just makes the torture, rape, and systematic murder in them a...more
Throughout the first part of the book, whose only real concrete event is India's birthday car ride with her aging father, Rushdie would drift away into the minds of the characters and it quickly became tiresome....more
His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun...more