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Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
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Dec 20, 08

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in December, 2005

If there is one author that makes me want to write as much as GGM or Borges, it has got to be Rushdie. In this book, his newest, Rushdie reminded again about the risks that one can and should take with language. Rushdie has a unique literary voice that makes up words, fuses words together, uses words in new contexts and just makes the language unique to his characters and their personal histories and origins. This story is a story about love, hate, revenge, and justice all told along with the tragedy of Kashmir. I enjoyed this book as every character seemed somehow justified in their actions but from a slightly different angle everything they did was completely indefensible. You sympathized with and loathed everyone, it kept you emotionally vulnerable for every twist and turn in the story. This book is not Rushdie's best but that still makes it A GREAT READ a cut above most of the rest of the crap being written out there.
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