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Shalimar the Clown


Los Angeles, 1991. Maximilian Ophuls, one of the makers of the modern world, is knifed to death in broad daylight on the doorstep of his illegitimate ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.334
Dennis B


by Dennis B on Apr 25, 2013

This book interweaves the stories of multiple characters around the love/hate story of its 2 main characters. The book begins and ends in California, but the majority of it occurs in India. The time spans pre-WW II until this century and includes time escaping the Nazi menace. Rushdie writes in a ... More


better than the last two efforts

by roan on Aug 24, 2007

This was a good story, particularly the last quarter of the it. Rushdie's prose style is entertaining, though without a good story, it's harder to enjoy. Ground Beneath..and Fury both struck me as really lacking. Rushdie was working outside his normal setting---mostly in western, crossing to eastern ... More


Worth it.

by lovemydogs on Apr 3, 2007

I am not a tremendous fiction reader, but i got the book for my son for whom it was assigned reading for his first year at Vassar. Before he got to it, I picked it up and was enthralled. It takes a while to get used to Rushdie's time-hopping, but the pay-off is worth it. Again, for me, fiction is only ... More

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