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Criticism of Shame Shame published in 1983 a year before his most famous work The Satanic Verses presents a fabulistic account in a country that disturbingly represents Pakistan Critically Shame is compared to Midnights Children because the of its resemblances in themes and style The idea for Shame reported interviewer Ronal Hayman in Books and Bookmen grew out of Rushdies interest in the Pakistani concept of sharam a word that denotes a hybrid of embarrassment discomfiture decency modesty and a sense of having an ordained place in the world Reaction to Shame was mostly positive many applauded the style of Rushdies work and the themes it presented Many critics appreciated the subject matter and presentation of Rushdies work Cathleen Medwick in Vogue stated His new novel reveals the writer in sure control of his extravagant mischievous graceful polemical imagination 414 Editor Magic realism a technique often employed by Rushdie is essential to the structure of how the story of the book is conveyed Michael Gorras characterization of Rushdies style stated His prose prances a declaration of freedom an assertion that Shame can be whatever he wants it to be coy and teasing an ironic and brutal all at once Rushdies work is responsive to the world rather than removed from it and it is because of this responsiveness that the mode in which he work represents the continued life of the novel and one wants something better to describe it that the term magical realism is an assertion of individual freedom in a world where freedom is strangle 360 Editor Christopher Lehmann-Haupt boldly asserts If Mr Rushdie had followed the logic of realistic psychology in Shame he would have robbed his novel of its spectral magic its breakdown of narrative logic that allows time to rush suddenly forward and reveal the end of things or permits characters to be reincarnated in each other He would have robbed
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