Midnight's Children

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

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 1,001 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 andSaleem 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 1,001 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 20th century.

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  1. 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.

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  1. 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 digressions can either be attributed to a charmingly distra [...]

  2. 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 that I had to buy a hardcover that I wou [...]

  3. 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 children reflect this they are spread out and unconnecte [...]

  4. 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 beliefs but eventually succum [...]

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  6. 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 our own, and [...]

  7. 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 on that particular s [...]

  8. 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 no 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 children of the story are those born in the first hour of India s independence from British rule.It is true that the novel s digressive, me [...]

  9. Fantastic, intelligent, hilarious, profound, and historically illuminating And the narrator is deliciously unreliable too Need I say I 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, as a result, [...]

  10. Nothing but trouble outside my head nothing but miracles inside it.Being a child is no child s play A long wait within the sheltered darkness of a womb subsides when rhythmic beats of the heart resume their role in blinding light and mind, an apparent clean slate hold the fading marks of previous lives While the time patiently takes its course to reveal the silhouette of million existent enigmas, the colorblind vision gradually sheds its skin and an exhilarating display of a new world comes fort [...]

  11. Have you ever been to a Hindu temple It s a riotous mass of orange, blue, purple, red, and green Its walls seethe with deities In one corner, Ganesha the god with a human body and elephant head sits on his vehicle, a rat In another, a blue Krishna sits on a cow wooing cow girls by playing his flute Durgha wearing a necklace of skulls kills a demon in another corner Jasmine decorated devotees stand around chanting The press of people, the incense and the noise all combine and you lose your bearin [...]

  12. The children of midnight were also the children of the time fathered, you understand, by history It can happen Especially in a country which is itself a sort of dream.Midnight s Children was an unexpected pleasure for me Maybe that is the reason it took me so long to write down my thoughts on it Yes, I read some reviews before starting it, but could never have imagined Salman Rushdie s symphony that is no short of a magnificent blueprint of a labyrinthine palace of fantasy Let me just say simply [...]

  13. I truly am sorry, Salman It s trite to say, I know, but it really wasn t you, it was me I take all the blame for not connecting, ignorant as I am about the Indian subcontinent s history, culture, and customs I m sure your allegories were brilliant and your symbolism sublime, but it was in large part lost on me At least I could appreciate your fine writing You were very creative in the way you advanced the story, too nonlinearly, and tied to actual events Your device that allowed narrator Saleem [...]

  14. Back in 2000, lit critic James Wood wrote a huge manifesto on the problem of the big novel for the New Atlantic disguised as a review of Zadie Smith He basically attacked quirky novels like Underworld, Infinite Jest White Teeth There were a lot of things about it that I agreed with particularly his point that a lot of cutesy things some writers tend towards are in place of good structure One major thing I didn t agree with was his inclusion of Rushdie in this lot of wacky writers He used Ground [...]

  15. Nose and knees and knees and nose part of a prophecy about the unborn narrator A few days after reading this, I was fortunate to be in the Acropolis Museum, and was struck by a collection of three bas reliefs that were just of knees Coupled with the relative lack of whole noses on some of the statues, I was transported back to this book.This was my first adult Rushdie, following soon after his gorgeous children s YA novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories My initial reaction to this was The languag [...]

  16. Do not know what to say I am speechlessunlike the main character of this book Saleem What to compare this to Not another book Impossible Perhaps it is best to compare this reading experience to a feeling, an image from my past A young boy listening in awe to his father his greatest hero telling one of his most wonderful stories at a campfire, hoping that the night and dad s story will never end.Saleem s story and his narrative made me feel like that young boy again an awestruck admirer I didn t [...]

  17. PART 1 I finished the book yesterday but before I describe my overall response I have to start with this entry I wrote in my notebook while I was partway through.I last opened this book ten years ago This was the book that destroyed our little book club in college, my first year A small group of avid readers, aspiring to read high and mighty works of literature We made it through Snow Falling on Cedars successfully I don t remember any discussion we had about it, but I liked the book.Midnight s [...]

  18. The most courageous writer I have come across lately and my first venture into the genre of magic realism I confess I had a different opinion of magical realism before I started reading this book I had the opinion that magic realism would in general have a lot of similarities to fantasy fiction with an exception that the allusions made would be realistic and the exaggerations would just make the effects to the plot pronounced According to my findings, Midnight s Children is considered to be one [...]

  19. It doesn t happen often, but from time to time after I finish a work of literature, I wonder, What just happened In an effort to answer that question, my brain attempts to turn itself inside out to make sense of it all This time that torture came from Rushdie s Midnight Children This novel is my first experience reading Rushdie s work, so I am not sure if the writing style of this book is typical of the author, but I am not in any hurry to find out.Being an English Literature student and an avid [...]

  20. 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 sole purpose o [...]

  21. Update Just back from watching the movie and well it kind of highlights the less great parts of the book, just because it s a movie You notice the non plot, you notice that the characters get dragged around from India to Pakistan to Bangladesh depending which big political event or war is happening as we make our way from 1947 to 1977 and we really notice how gushingly sentimental it all turns out in the end All of these problems are there in the book but are melted, dissolved, and blended like [...]

  22. I tried tackling this sacred monster of a book twenty years ago, and I was defeated neither my English skills, nor my cultural background were up to the task, and I had to return it to the library only a third of the way in In a way I m glad I ve waited so long to come back, because Midnight s Children is still a difficult book, but worth all the effort on my part and all the critical praise it received from the Booker Prize crowd.It was from the start a most ambitious project the Indian epic to [...]

  23. This was an extremely good book one which, for some reason, I couldn t quite fall in love with I was, however, and impressed with Rushdie s mastery over his novel as I made my way through it.Midnight s Children is as much a tale of history and nationhood as it is of a person I think, in some sense, the book was a sort of authorial attempt to bring into the realm of substantial palpability everything that had happened to the Indian subcontinent since Independence in 47 or thereabouts In so doin [...]

  24. Midnight s Children, Salman RushdieMidnight s Children is a 1980 novel by Salman Rushdie that deals with India s transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of British India It is considered an example of postcolonial, postmodern, and magical realist literature.The story is told by its chief protagonist, Saleem Sinai, and is set in the context of actual historical events The style of preserving history with fictional accounts is self reflexive 1988 1363 687 20 1980 [...]

  25. WOW It took me 140 pages to really get hooked Do you know there is a 32 page vocabulary list I printed it out online for Midnight s Children Its worth reading this book lolUPDATE In spirit of Sharyl s review which I read todayI m going to RAISE my my 3 stars to 5 stars I read this a long time ago I had to work it looking up tons of words However I thought the story was TERRIFIC I still think about this book5 stars it is

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