Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and finds 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 voices and a wildly sensitive sense of smell-we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast, colourful background of the India of this century.
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MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: A NovelUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
When Indian novelist Rushdie arrived with Grimus in 1979 we called him "an imagination to watch." And he'll be watched indeed once this bravura fiction starts circulating—a picaresque entertainment ... Read full review
One of 14 texts required for post colonial literature, circa 1996. Same professor for British literature, same grade. Really liked this book though. Imaginative, thoughtful, inspiring. So much better than the hype surrounding his Satanic Verses novel, which made me doubt he was an actual talent...or skilled craftsman.
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