Shame, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Omar Khayyam Shakil had three mothers who shared the symptoms of pregnancy, as they did everything else, inseparably.

At their six breasts, Omar was warned against all feelings and nuances of shame.

It was training which would prove useful when he left his mothers' fortress (via the dumb-waiter) to face his shameless future...As captivating fairy-tale, devastating political satire and exquisite, uproarious entertainment, SHAME is a novel without rival.


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I've read a couple of Rushdie books before, the Satanic Verses, and The Moor's Last Sigh. I would rate both of them higher than this one. All the same, this is a good book, it is written as well as the other two, and doesn't lack any of the idiosyncratic Rushdie flair and drama in the writing. I think it is just perhaps because it is not quite as romantic, or balanced as the other two books, it is not as enjoyable to read. The book is fairly miserable all in all, not in a really depressing way, but it is dark, political, and will not be to everyones taste. I did enjoy reading it though, and it has a lot to it's credit, if you've read any Rushdie before then you will appreciate how he describes everything so fantastically, and makes things seem real and unreal at the same time. I would recommend this to fans of the author, but if you've not read any of his before then you should try one of the previously mentioned titles first, as they are in my opinion better reads. This book was shorter than the other two, but the plot is fully realised and he gets a lot out of the ideas in the length of the book.