Rushdie;s telling his autobiography in the third person.
His inability to see how he contributed to horrible interpersonal problems.
The feeling that most of the time he was in hiding he made lists of people wh supported him and those who did him wrong
The narrator's "voices" as he does 'characters' is just awful, It continuously yanks you out of the story and back to the fact that you're listening to an audio book. Especially disturbing as he imitates Marianne Wiggins, Rushdie's wife, but it is universally oafish
Ugly portrayal of his wife.
If Rushdie had written in the first person, he mght have realized how whiny he sounds in much of the book
Though nonfiction and we know where it goes, it reads like an absolute thriller. Amazing combination of scholarship and tales so sensational they are not to be believed
I had read the book in college and have always wanted to revisit, but was daunted by the length and complexity. This performance really brings the characters, the story, the whole day to life. Can't say enough about what an achievement this performance is. Even when not understanding something it gives you the opportunity to admire Joyce's linguistic finesse.
Rushdie is one of my favorite writers. I think after my fourth listen (and yes I have read this book too) , this may well be my favorite book. Rushdie's touch is so light and yet so thrilling insightful. As with all his writing there are moments of hilarity too. Filled with memorable characters and near mythic retellings of actual myths, Shalimar the Clown is one of truly great books of the last decade. It also is a great primer for anyone needing an understanding of the history of Kashmir and contemporary Indo-Pakistani conflict.
The performance is near perfect, and if the narrator has a bad French accent, his characterization share spot on. One of the few books I can listen to again and again.
Overall, the characters' behavior is too illogical and impetuous. They behave in inexplicable ways and in the end, the novel falls apart because you have to think, "No, she wouldn't do that" or, "He wouldn't say that"
I thought Emma Galvin was one of the more successful readers I have heard.She is consistently clear and doesn't try accents or "voices". You can easily follow a conversation that different characters are speaking, but it isn't because of "ACTING!".
I am not a huge fan of speculative fiction. This novel had received such interesting notices in advance, that I was intrigued. Having completed this, I am less likely to attempt more of it.
I was too happy to leave California in the dust. And I live here. There was a lot of potential that was left unfulfilled. I kind of feel that the novel was rushed and could have used more time to have been developed and the characters to be fleshed out/ made to behave consistently.
Honestly my problem is with the book, not the recording
It is hard to know what the problem is with this--writing? performance?.
The sort of "folksy" writing veers into the ridiculous. While the plot is theoretically interesting, the phrasing veers into pomposity so frequently that it is impossible to stay with the story.
I've heard so much about Koryta and this book in particular, I was very excited to see for myself. I cannot understand why anyone who cares about writing was interested in this book.
So over the top. The voice of the villain is ridiculous. While he can handle the "normal" characters, when he goes into the the villian's voice it is so incredibly ludicrous that it makes it nearly impossible to listen to the book.
Laughably bad. Trite, predictable.
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