Book :: Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children
By: Salman Rushdie
Pages: 647
Published: 1981
Genre(s): India
Magical Realism
Historical Fiction
Award(s): Man Booker Prize (1981)
Rating: (7)

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Winner of the Booker of Bookers Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s 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...

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I was captivated and carried away with this wonderful, amazingly brilliant fantasy....loved it especially because I've studied and read a great deal about India and the events around midnight August 15, 1947. Wonderful. Much better than Satanic Verses.

Jan 4th, 2018

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Dec 12th, 2014

red13x red13x

Overall I really liked this book. It is split into 3 inner books, the first I found good, the second very good, but the third dragged a little, although sped up towards the end. The story is very well written and as previously mentioned, very absorbing and insightful. Well worth a read.

May 29th, 2014

justinheaton justinheaton

my favourite book. rich, absorbing and insightful

Apr 16th, 2014

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