Shame by Salman Rushdie

"Shame" is a novel that explores the political and social climate of post-colonial Pakistan through the intertwined lives of three families. The story is a blend of magical realism and historical fiction, focusing on themes of shame, identity, and power. The narrative is laced with satire and explores the consequences of living in a society where honor is prized above all else. The story unfolds in a non-linear fashion, giving readers a deep insight into the complex socio-political dynamics of a nation in transition.

The 1764th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 246

Since this book was first published in 1983, there is a penalty of 14.4%. The age adjusted score is 210.58.

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