Books: A Passage to Pakistan

SHAME by Salman Rushdie; Knopf; 319 pages; $13.95 "After Sufiya Zinobia recovered from the immunological catastrophe that followed the turkey massacre ..." Coming upon a sentence that opens like this can make readers of the novel in which it appears begin to wonder what is on the tube tonight. They might also find themselves talking back to the novelist.

Turkey massacre? Literary zaniness is line as far as it goes (which should not be in excess of 20 pages), but it had better serve some purpose more substantial than showing off or goofing around. In short, put up or be shut.

Indian-born Author...

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