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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (6,633 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Salman Rushdie Narrator: Aasif Mandvi Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9781436126694
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Politics and religion, murder and revenge <#150> these volatile ingredients roil in an epic narrative of Max Ophuls, his killer, his daughter, and an enigmatic woman whose story finally explains them all. This brilliant story connects California to Kashm Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly invented…Shalimar the Clown is a powerful parable about the willing and unwilling subversion of multiculturalism.”

    William T. Vollman, National Book Award–winning author of Europe Central

  • “[Rushdie’s] novels pour by in a sparkling, voracious onrush, each wave topped with foam, each paragraph luxurious and delicious.”

    New Yorker

  • “To inhale Salman Rushdie’s richly textured, exotic prose is to realize the insipid nature of most contemporary fiction…Genius…A master of the global novel.”

    USA Today

  • “Rushdie’s most engaging book since Midnight’s Children. It is a lament. It is a revenge story. It is a love story. And it is a warning.”

    Observer (London)

  • “While readers might stumble over the Kashmiri, Indian, and Pakistani names and accents, Mandvi glides right through them, allowing us to engage with Rushdie’s well-wrought characters and sagas. Mandvi has a calm, quiet storyteller voice…leaving us to relish the sounds and images and rhythms of Rushdie’s language.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “To characterize the novel as ‘rich’ seems inadequately broad as…a cogent descriptor of Rushdie’s sheer and magnificent talent. His beautifully metaphoric language and sly sense of humor keep his complex plot, with its layers of personal and cosmic meaning, tightly woven.”

    Booklist

  • “Vintage Rushdie…A magical-realist masterpiece that equals, and arguably surpasses, the achievements of Midnight’s Children, Shame, and The Moor’s Last Sigh. The Swedes won’t dare to offend Islam by giving Rushie the Nobel Prize he deserves more than any other living writer. Injustice rules.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A 2005 Whitbread Award Finalist
  • A 2005 Time Magazine Top 10 Book
  • Longlisted for the 2005 Man Booker Prize
  • A 2005 New York Times Book Review Notable Book
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2005 Booklist Editors’ Choice
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elzza | 2/11/2014

    " most recent rushdie i've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 2/6/2014

    " It's good for Rushdie fans, especially those interested in the process by which Kashmir turned from paradise to hell. Entertaining reflections on LA also. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amie | 2/2/2014

    " a delightful tale of revenge! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marvin | 1/29/2014

    " This is one of those stories where the personal is intensely political. The story is told in reverse chronological order mainly through four main characters: a WWII French Resistance fighter who later becomes an ambassador to India, where he has an affair with a married Kashmiri woman, who has his baby; that daughter (who's least carefully drawn); the Kashmiri woman; and her husband, who becomes a terrorist after his betrayal. And Kashmir itself is another character, portrayed here (in a story I didn't know at all) as a borderland of great beauty between India & Pakistan. It's a very engaging book, but without the virtuosity of The Ground Beneath Her Feet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruta | 1/28/2014

    " Be is beauty of Kashmir or just another beautiful master piece of Rushdie I loved the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 1/24/2014

    " Still love Rushdie! Beautiful writing and fascinating story. Always incredible the way he weaves history into the lives of his characters, so that you think it might really have happened that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tabitha Morton | 1/20/2014

    " This book is really special, beautifully written even in the most violent sections. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Carroll | 12/29/2013

    " I have always wanted to read a book by him. This has lots of historical information about India. The story is told in flashbacks, beautifully written with great sensory details. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney Messenbaugh | 11/28/2013

    " A dense read that you cannot put down given the compelling storyline. Evidently, this was Rushdie's literary response to 9/11 and his depth of knowledge about geopolitical and religious conflicts is impressive. This is a love story, a story of revenge, and a story of global politics. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 11/22/2013

    " This is a really great story. It helps that I heard Rushdie read aloud from the book, which brought the characters to life more because I could hear his voice, and the voices he gave them, in my head. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Boman | 11/13/2013

    " An interesting way to approach Kashmir, written in Rushdie's usual lyrical tone. It was missing the blurring of fantasy and reality as in Satanic Versus. Still, a really good read unless you hate description and want a lot of dialog, which is how I came to own the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoffrey | 1/29/2013

    " What I think is that it takes me forever and a day to read Rushdie, but when I'm done, it sure is satisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen Estrella | 1/9/2013

    " This was the first book by Salman Rushdie that I read, & I was pleasantly surprised! It was the type of thing when one can tell almost immediately, within the first 5 pages, that the author is uniquely talented. And he continued to please and surpass expectations until the end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 12/31/2012

    " Too much detail for my taste, kind of got bored. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jocelyn | 10/15/2012

    " Portrays a very dark, convoluted world ... where love is not strong enough to defeat evil ... but the human ability to hope just might be. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 9/21/2012

    " Intriguing piece of fiction concerning intertwined histories in India, America, and a dash of Europe. Works real events and public moods into the story quite well. As always, this is all about the characters and a variety of ways to approach life. Very entertaining, but harsh at times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Unni | 4/9/2012

    " i have read it and can read it agn n agn...it keeps the readers grasping to the pages with it's blood twisting plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Floramanda | 1/1/2012

    " Another great one from Rushdie! I learned so much about the history of the Kashmir region and enjoyed the story as well. Visceral and gritty but completely engaging. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Niroshana | 6/19/2011

    " In the first two thirds of this book Rushdie does not disappoint. He weaves Kashmiri history and tradition using detailed narrative, a compelling plot, etc... I didnt love the ending but the work if beautifully written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 4/28/2011

    " This was the first book by Salman Rushdie that I read, & I was pleasantly surprised! It was the type of thing when one can tell almost immediately, within the first 5 pages, that the author is uniquely talented. And he continued to please and surpass expectations until the end "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooke | 4/8/2011

    " Too much detail for my taste, kind of got bored. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Juny | 4/5/2011

    " long, convoluted, at times i skipped several pages at a time, something i never do "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/17/2011

    " Full of the political ideals on the area of India and Pakistan, the character Shalimar became very disturbing. Good book, not fun to read except for the language which I love. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Denali | 2/27/2011

    " It seemed like it would have an interesting premise, but moved too slowly and dreamily for me to get attached to the characters. Wasn't able to finish it before returning it to the library (quite overdue). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chris | 2/25/2011

    " This book, I did not like... it didn't keep my attention and did not intrigue me at all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 2/5/2011

    " I liked this book alot. It is very dense reading but worth it. I loved how the path of the characters mirrored the India-Pakistani conflict. It's really good! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqui | 2/4/2011

    " May just be my favorite book I've every read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/1/2011

    " Rushdie is an amazing storyteller. Note: there are some pretty crude portions to this book... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 12/20/2010

    " Rushdie is brilliant, as usual, straddling east and west, showing off his facility for language, nuance and irony. Not quite what I had in mind when I started reading it, but well worth the time it takes to listen to 15 CDs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melinda | 12/8/2010

    " a strangely unique style of writing, some chapters are tough to get through but well worth it in the end. "

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About the Author
Author Salman Rushdie

Sir Salman Rushdie is the author of many novels, including Grimus, Midnight’s Children, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sigh, The Ground beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, and The Enchantress of Florence. He has also published works of nonfiction, including The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, and, as coeditor, The Vintage Book of Short Stories. He has received many awards for his writing and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres. In 1993 Midnight’s Children was judged to be the “Booker of Bookers,” the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first twenty-five years. In June 2007 he received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.