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Shame by Salman Rushdie
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Jan 14, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: magic-realism
Read from January 07 to 13, 2012

This is my fifth novel of Rushdie's, and it stands the test alongside some of his best. There's a lot of magic realism in here, but while reading I learned a lot about Pakistan's history as well. It's a little more directly political than Midnight's Children - two of the main characters are stand-ins for General Zia-ul-Haq and Zulkifar Ali Bhutto, two of Pakistan's prime ministers during the 70s and 80s. It requires following two family trees as convoluted as 100 Years of Solitude's Buendia clan, but I enjoy that kind of stuff. I'm still not 100% sold on the ending, but there's amazing prose and amusing characters throughout.

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Reading Progress

01/08/2012 page 25
01/11/2012 page 181
63.0% "solid rushdie but not really remarkable yet."
01/12/2012 page 237
82.0% "the bit with rani's shawls, damn"
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