Midnight's children: a novel

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Knopf, 1981 - Fiction - 446 pages
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Winner of the Booker of BookersSaleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of Indiażs independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with Indiażs 1,000 other 'midnightżs children,' all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.

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User Review  - elizaforest - LibraryThing

I read this book when it had just been nominated for the Booker and Mr. Rushdie was relatively unknown in the U.S. What a wonderful prolixity of language and ideas! I still love it best of all his books. I was to read Lawrence Sterne a year later and recognized the spiritual twinship. Read full review

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User Review  - nngrey - LibraryThing

A monumental piece of fiction but not an easy or inviting read. The style is highly digressive and there is quite a bit of cultural context to sort through. That being said, it is an immersive ... Read full review


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Salman Rushdie's books, from "Midnight's Children" to "The Satanic Verses", have been read around the world. His recent book--"Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Imaginary Homelands 1981-90 ", and "The Moor's Last Sigh"--have enhanced his reputation as one of our most important contemporary writers.

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