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The Silver Castle

(1996)
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Sanjay is a Bombay street child who scales the dizzying heights of the "Silver Castle," the Indian film world, to stand at the parapet of success.

Unfortunately for Sanjay, he is required to jump.

Told with Clive James's trademark dry wit, The Silver Castle is a tragicomic morality tale for our time. Part Candide, part Oliver Twist, part Huckleberry Finn, The Silver Castle defies its reader to remain aloof from the suffering of the world's swarming poor while it inspires laughter over the human condition generally. It is a novel of wonder despite its unrelenting realism -- indeed, only wonderment is possible in the face of Sanjay's knack for survival and more than occasional good fortune.

In his astonishing odyssey from the gutter to the soundstages and salons of Bollywood, Sanjay meets up with every variant of sinner and would-be savior, and along the way he trades on his "heart-breaking" physical beauty and canny lingual facility to grab at luck wherever it may be had--in the pocket of a tourist, as a guide for the Western news crews who regularly descend on Bombay to update their stock footage of grinding poverty, or in the bed of an older male protector or a past-her-prime cinema princess.

Throughout, Sanjay's spirit is sustained by the movies, and by his first behind-the-scenes glimpse, as a young trespasser on the set of the Silver Castle, of the magical artifice of filmmaking. It is a true vision of an utterly false reality, the source of Sanjay's subsequent triumphs and of his ultimate misfortune. But what happens to Sanjay in the end is not a singular event. As this deeply humane novel convincingly argues, Sanjay's fate is the world's.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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July 1998 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Silver Castle
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 0-375-50093-6 / 978-0-375-50093-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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July 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: The Silver Castle
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 0-609-00086-1 / 978-0-609-00086-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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May 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: Silver Castle 49% $1 COOP
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 0-676-54531-9 / 978-0-676-54531-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade
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May 1998 : USA Hardback

Title: Silver Castle 49% 120 Day Dating
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 0-676-54532-7 / 978-0-676-54532-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Trade
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September 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Silver Castle
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 0-224-04384-6 / 978-0-224-04384-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Paperback Editions

November 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Silver Castle
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 0-330-35389-6 / 978-0-330-35389-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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April 1996 : UK Paperback

Title: Silver Castle, the (Proof Copy)
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 0-224-04774-4 / 978-0-224-04774-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
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Audio Editions

July 1997 : UK Audio Cassette

Title: Silver Castle
Author(s): Clive James
ISBN: 1-85849-692-6 / 978-1-85849-692-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Argo
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