The Hindu calls Shalimar the Clown as Salman Rusdhie’s comeback book. Even as longtime favorite John Updike didn’t nod his head too well in his review, I kept fingers crossed. Though one can’t sure if thats true, until he reads the book for himself, its the kind of conscious bias towards Salman Rushdie that makes me think Updike was miserably wrong.
It seems to be a fad to build a story about intertwined lives. Rusdhie puts it as “everyone’s story slipping into everyone else’s story”. Its on a long waiting queue at the library and until I could read, I’m fantasizing with these reviews.
From the The Hindu review –
Shalimar is vintage Rushdie, whose characters, even in their most absurd or dark moments, remain human.
Their behaviour may be cruel, condemnable and seemingly inexplicable but seldom beyond understanding. It is through their motivations that Rushdie explores what he described, in an interview, as the idea of the “worlds in collision” — the clash of “two alternative realities competing for the same time and space”. Presumably, these alternative realities are love, tolerance, freedom and debate on the one hand, and hate, anger, intolerance, extremism and violence on the other.