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i had not necessarily thought of this as one of rushdie's strongest works - fairly or unfairly, i thought of it as a minor work, owing to its length - but i was attracted by the fact that rushdie himself narrates it. far exceeded my expectations. there is of course the depth, meaning, and artistry one expects from rushdie, but the work also comes alive with his narration. he is a talented voice actor who knows exactly what to do with his own material. i'd rate this higher than shalimar the clown, which may in some sense be a stronger work of fiction, but lacks his narration and suffers a bit for it. for me, this displaces hari kunzru's transmission as the best audio fiction i've heard.
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This is my first exposure to Rushdie as a writer and I have to say, he now tops my list of someone I would love to people watch with in Manhattan. The book is filled with his observations of US societal trends, action and its unintended consequences, the dangers of extremism, the nature of revolutions and the pathways to redemption. Literally every page has a quote-worthy line and I enjoyed this very much. The story does meander, albeit enjoyably, but if you are more into a linear storyline this may not be your cup of tea.
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