Shalimar the Clown (Unabridged)
by Salman Rushdie
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From Salman Rushdie, New York Times best-selling author, Booker Prize-winner, and one of the great voices in contemporary literature, comes a majestic novel that solidifies the author's right to a Nobel Prize, which Kirkus Reviews says "he deserves more than any other living writer". When Maximilian Ophuls is murdered outside his daughter's home by his Kashmiri Muslim driver, it appears to be a political killing. Ophuls is the former U.S. ambassador to India and America's leading figure in counter-terrorism. But there is much more to Ophuls and his assassin, a mysterious man calling himself "Shalimar the Clown", than meets the eye. One woman is at the center of their shared history, a history of betrayal and deception that moves from World War II Europe to the troubled Kashmir region to contemporary America. Rushdie effortlessly weaves a series of interconnected narratives to form a sweeping and ambitious tale, at once timeless and startlingly modern, that reaches back through the years and across the continents.
Excellent narration of a tragic story
Going far beyond a political plot, this is the story of the underlying humanity behind events in the U.S., Pakistan, pre Nazi France, and most importantly, India. It shows the consequences of incorrigible dogmatic zeal poorly masquerading as piety and the irrational response by the Indian army to this. It is also the tale of two religions intermingled in two villages. This novel covers all the full spectrum of interaction between its characters, nations, and ideologies, from the personal to the formal; from benign to malicious.
Aasif Mandvi does such an excellent job of narrating this story you may be led to believe he is the Man of a Thousand Voices from Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses".