Born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, at the precise moment of India’s independence, the infant Saleem Sinai is celebrated in the press and welcomed by Prime Minister Nehru himself. But, this coincidence of birth has consequences Saleem is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other ‘midnight’s children’ - all born in the initial hour of India's independence - and an uncanny sense of smell which allows him to sniff out dangers others cannot percieve. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem’s biography is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious.
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Before Salman Rushdie had that problem with a certain religious-political figure with a serious need to chill out, he'd already shown he was an important literary force. Quite simply, Midnight's Children is amazing--fun, beautiful, erudite, both fairy tale and political narrative told through a supernatural narrator who is caught between different worlds. Though it's a big book, with big themes of India's nationhood and of ethnic and personal identity, it's far from a dry history lesson. Rushdie tells the story in his own brand of magical realism, with a prose of lyrical, transcendent goofiness.Review:
" Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation." - The New York Review of Books " The literary map of India is about to be redrawn. . . . Midnight's Children sounds like a continent finding its voice." - The New York Times " In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist- one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling." - The New Yorker " A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie's prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself." - Newsweek " Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance." - The Washington Post Book World " Pure story- an ebullient, wildly clowning, satirical, descriptively witty charge of energy." - Chicago Sun-Times
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