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Midnight's Children Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India s independence, and found himself mysteriously handcuffed to history by the coincidence He is one of , children born at the midnight hour, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times Through Saleem s gifts inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of the th century

About the Author: Salman Rushdie

Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several countries, some of which were violent Faced with death threats and a fatwa religious edict issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, then Supreme Leader of Iran, which called for him to be killed, he spent nearly a decade largely underground, appearing in public only sporadically In June 2007, he was appointed a Knight Bachelor for services to literature , which thrilled and humbled him In 2007, he began a five year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University.

10 thoughts on “Midnight's Children

  1. says:

    Midnight s Children is not at all a fast read it actually walks the line of being unpleasantly the opposite The prose is dense and initially frustrating in a way that seems almost deliberate, with repeated instances of the narrator rambling ahead to a point that he feels is important but then, before revealing anything of importance, deciding that things ought to come in their proper order. This use of digressions or, better put, quarter di

  2. says:

    Midnight s Children is an absolute masterful piece of writing It is entertaining, intelligent, informative, progressive and even funny it is an astoundingly well balanced epic that captures the birth of a new independent nation I hold it in such high regard The children are all fractured and divided they are born into a new country that is yet to define itself in the wake of colonialism it has no universal language, religion or culture The childre

  3. says:

    This is my absolute favourite Rushdie novel Its background of the Partition of India and Pakistan after the disastrous and cowardly retreat of the British occupiers and the ensuing Emergency under Indira Ghandi provides a breathtaking tableau for Rushdie s narrative His narrator is completely unreliable and that is what makes the story so fascinating I lend this book out so many times after talking about it so much and never got my paperback copy returned

  4. says:

    To understand just one life, you have to swallow the worldSalman Rushdie, Midnight s Children For me, one of the most important books of our modern age.I ADORE this playful, historical epic Salman Rushdie is a literary god in my eyes, and can do little wrong so I am biased.Rushdie is one of the authors who has influenced my own style of writing, even though his overly descriptive approach is discouraged by publishing editors the world over.The midnight s childr

  5. says:

    What s real and what s true aren t necessarily the same Discard skepticism as you approach this epic Suspend disbelief Because myth and truth blend into each other imperfectly to spin a gossamer fine web of reality on which the nation state is balanced precariously And we, the legatees of this yarn, are caught up in a surrealist farce which plays out interminably in this land of heat and dust and many smells, our rational selves perennially clashing with our shallow be

  6. says:

    The power of the storytelling left me speechless all the words were in the novel, and there were none left for me If there ever was a novel that changed the way I read, this is it I must have read each sentence several times, just to follow the thread of the confusing story, and I still got lost in the labyrinth of individual and collective history that unfolds on the stroke of Midnight, on the night of India s independence So completely taken in by the children who are born

  7. says:

    Who what am I My answer I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done to me I am everyone everything whose being in the world affected was affected by mine I am anything that happens after I ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come Living different ways of grasping the meaning of man and the world should offer a deeper perspective than the usual reductionism that we oftentimes subject cultures that diverge from

  8. says:

    Fantastic, intelligent, hilarious, profound, and historically illuminating And the narrator is deliciously unreliable too Need I sayI will His sentences are the kind of energetic super charged masterpieces that I could quote endlessly Here s one plucked utterly at random Into this bog of muteness there came, one evening, a short man whose head was as flat as the cap upon it whose legs were as bowed as reeds in the wind whose nose nearly touched his up curving chin and whose voice, Fantasti

  9. says:

    Reading Rushdie s Midnight s Children is like listening to someone else s long winded, rambling re telling of a dream they had And like all people who describe their dreams especially those who do so long past the point where their listeners can believably fake interest or patience Rushdie is inherently selfish in the way he chose to write this book Midnight s Children is one of those novels that are reader neutral or even reader antagonistic they seem to have been written for the sol Reading Rus

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    I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done to me I am everyone everything whose being in the world affected was affected by mine I am anything that happens after I m gone which would not have happened if I had not comeSalman Rushdie, Midnight s Children I pull up a chair and ready myself I had, after all, been promised a fantastical story of the children of midnight The air crackles with electricity as the story unfoldsI am the sum total of eve

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