Shalimar the Clown

Written by:
Salman Rushdie
Narrated by:
Aasif Mandvi

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2005
18 hours 4 minutes
This is the story of Maximilian Ophuls, America's counterterrorism chief, one of the makers of the modern world; his Kashmiri Muslim driver and subsequent killer, a mysterious figure who calls himself Shalimar the clown; Max's illegitimate daughter India; and a woman who links them, whose revelation finally explains them all. It is an epic 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. And there is always love, gained and lost, uncommonly beautiful and mortally dangerous.
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Paul Allen

Not crazy about this one. Rushdie has a great command of the English language, and his writing style flows nicely. I just didn't like the story itself. I wonder if people really think the way his characters do, as though sex were a tonic for whatever ails you. I guess, in the end it illustrates the destructive power of sex misused.

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I tried several times to listen to Shalimar the Clown. There isn't enough No-doze in the world that could keep me awake to get through it. Maybe I'm just not part of the literary set this type of book was designed for however I think it tells quite a bit about the ego of the author that the overview has more about him than the book.

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