Shalimar The Clown
    Shalimar The Clown (Paperback, Salman Rushdie)

    Shalimar The Clown  (Paperback, Salman Rushdie)

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    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Random House
    • ISBN: 9780099421887, 0099421887
    • Edition: 2006
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    Salman Rushdie’s Shalimar The Clown tells the story of three characters and a fourth who links them all. A story of love gone wrong because of a shallow affair, Shalimar The Clown takes the readers through a story which begins in California, but finds an end in Kashmir.

    SummaryThe Book

    Maximilian Ophuls, a former United States Ambassador to India, is murdered by Shalimar, his former chauffeur, in Los Angeles. Shalimar The Clown then takes the readers through a series of flashbacks, back to a time when Shalimar actually knew love, laughter and happiness. Shalimar was a resident of the village Pachigam in Kashmir and was adept at walking the tightrope. This skill earned him the name Shalimar The Clown.

    Shalimar falls in love with Boonyi, a Kashmiri Pandit girl at a very young age. The elders in the village approve of their relationship and marriage, but Boonyi wants a life outside the small village. Things take a drastic turn when Maximilian comes to the village. He takes a liking to Boonyi, and gets her a flat in Delhi. An affair blooms between the two, which ends up with Boonyi getting pregnant. The scandal that follows forces Maximilian to leave for England, and the baby, India, is taken to England by his wife.

    Shalimar turns into a desolate figure, determined to take revenge on those responsible for his misery. He joins and trains with multiple jihadi organizations in Afghanistan and in the Philippines and in the process, becomes a well known assassin.

    Kashmir plays a pivotal part in the theme of the story. The author stresses on how the land of Kashmir was once a beautiful place, and how the sub-continental politics played their part in disrupting the peace of the land, and of the people who inhabited it.

    About Salman Rushdie

    Salman Rushdie is a well-known British author whose works are mainly set in the Indian subcontinent. He mainly mixes historical fiction with magical realism.

    He has written several novels like Grimus, Midnight’s Children, The Satanic Verses, Fury, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, The Enchantress of Florence and The Moor’s Last Sigh. He has written children's books as well like Luka and the Fire of Life and Haroun and the Sea of Stories.

    Born in Bombay in June 1947, Salman Rushdie’s schooling started in Mumbai at Cathedral and John Connon School and was completed at Rugby School in England. He completed his graduation in history from King’s College, University of Cambridge.

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    Book Details
    • Publication Year
      • 2006
    • Author
      • Salman Rushdie
    • Width
      • 0.98 Inches (US)
    • Height
      • 7.8 Inches (US)
    • Depth
      • 1.06 inch
    • Weight
      • 293.0 Grams
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    Sir Rushdie at his best

    An amazing story with the plot based in Kashmir Europe and America. I personally liked an instance where the author has taken head on the matter of Kashmir being an integral part of India.

    Akash Anupam

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    12 Aug, 2016

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    A love story and a lost paradice

    A story which starts with a natural, if somewhat clichéd way, takes you through heart-break, an American ambassador and the family, culminating in the murder of the ambassador by a man, who at one time was a trapeze player, and all this in the backdrop of Kashmir, that "Paradise on Earth", interspersed with knavery and rapscallions, a concinnity of human emotions are what makes this story one of the best novel of contemporary literature.
    The story starts with the murder of Maximillan Ophuls,...

    Dr.Soumya Saha

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    9 Feb, 2015

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    Very well written

    Salman Rushdie is the great Indian dreamweaver according to me. His words put spells in your ears and create beautiful dreams on paper.

    This story was very realistic, and shows the writers ability to do wholesome research on two completely different backgrounds and spin them into one interesting tale.

    The book gives a very apt view of the Kashmir situation and the mindset of a terrorist... even though he may choose that path for a personal grudge. It also gives a breathtaking synopsis of t...

    Shalini Maiti

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    17 Aug, 2012

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    Interesting read

    Shalimar the clown is as magically fascinating as Rushdie's other works. A captivating study of the Kashmiri unstability, the culture, the extremes of radical Islam, the novel is both heart breakingly beautiful and devastatingly violent in equal measures.
    Rushdie has spun a mesmerizing tale centered in Kashmir but stretching into the world. The book is political, historical, a folk tale, funny, adventurous, exotic. In shimmering (if sometimes baroque) language, Rushdie invokes clever satire a...


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    1 Feb, 2012

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    An excellent read

    This was my first book from Rushdie. I had heard so many horror stories about his writing style and also about the fact his writing is fairly incomprehensible. He does use fairly long sentences in his writing but I absolutely loved this book. While the plot itself is like a Bollywood movie, I felt the writing style is brilliant

    Karthik Jagirdhar

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    16 Oct, 2011

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