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
If there was of contest of master of digressions; he would emerge as the undisputed winner.
And, if any novel could even come close to portraying India’s vast cultural identity;that novel would be Midnight’s Children .
Salman Rushdie is a wicked, WICKED author. In this booker of booker’s novel, he has given us one of the most unreliable, irritating, annoying, cl...more
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 thereabou...more
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.
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 ble...more
إن قراءة سلمان رشدي في هذه الرواية لم تكن سهلة يجب على القارىء أن يمسك خيوطها منذ البداية فإن أفلتت منه سيكون من الصعوبة الإمساك بها من جديد ..شخصيا وصلت إلى أعلى قمة للمتعة تلك الحالة التي أشعر بها بالرضا الشديد بالإعجاب والإنذهال والتساؤل كيف يتأتى لكاتب أن يكتب بهذا الإحتراف أن يطلق بندقيته في وجه التاريخ دون وجل أن يخترع أفكارا وشخصيات خرافية لها صلة بشخصيات حقيقية كانت صانعة ومؤثرة.. تبدو لي أن الكتابة عنها ليست أيضا بهذه السهولة سأبدأ في اقتباس لفت نظري جدا لأنه يبدو لي لا يلخص السبب بل ال...more
Last year, I read his controversial novel The Satanic Verses and I hated it so I gave it a lone star.
Here in Midnight's Children, his playful and I-don't-care-if-you-like-me-or-not writing style is still very much around. This is a long read and it took me the whole week to reach up to its last word on page 647. It started strong, interesting and clear. Once details, too much of them, are introduced, I dazed off and became an outsider watching the pass...more
Being an English Literature student and an...more
Saleem's point of view is a slippery, deceptive thing throughout...more
نص الرواية خرافي وكأن كاتب الرواية أصيب بالبكم وبداخله الكثير الذي لم يبح به بعد، وعندما منحوه ورقة وقلم، تفجَّر القلم و خطَّ على الورق ما تضخم بداخله ليصنع لنا هذه التحفة الفنية من "الثرثرة اللامتناهية" .. .. نعم ثرثرة ولكنها ليست فارغة
ما هذه الثرثرة؟!! طوال 667 صفحة لم أشعر أبداً أن هناك حشواً زائداً يُثقل كاهل النص، بل كانت ثرثرة من الطراز الرفيع، ثرثرة ف...more
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...more
This is one of those brilliant books that is easier to appreciate than enjoy. It is an allegory about India's history around the time of independence and partition, told through (and explained by) the life and ancestry of Saleem, who was born at exactly midnight of India's independence day in 1947.
Rushdie's prose is dialed...more
I am not speaking metaphorically; nor is this the opening gambit of some melodramatic, riddling, grubby appeal for pity. I mean quite simply that I have begun to crack all over like an old jug - that my poor body, singular, unlovely, buffeted by too much history, subjected to drainage above and drainage below, mutilated by doors, brained by spittoons, has started coming apart at the seams. In short, I am literally disintegrating, slowly for the moment, al...more
The story transfixed me most of the way through, though my attention did start to waver towards the end. The way Rushdie intertwines Indian culture and history into a magical s...more
The CCLaP 100: In which I read for the first time a hundred so-called "classics," then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label
Essay #58: Midnight's Children (1981), by Salman Rushdie
The story in a nutshell:
The second novel of this young cosmopolitan's career, after a science-fiction debut th...more
That is what reading this was like. Kinda sorta.
I loved it. Rushdie can definitely spin a tale. As JKB would say, this guy is going places. He was able to pull you into his story and...more
What I got was a book that you probably need a degree in English Literature to fully appreciate. Mr. Rushdie is certainly a man who enjoys his words. Not necessarily in any form...more
One Kashmiri morning in the early spring of 1915, my grandfather Aadam Aziz hit his nose against a frost-hardened tussock of earth while attempting to pray. Three drops of blood plopped out of his left nostril, hardened instantly in the brittle air and lay before his eyes on the prayer-mat, tr...more
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His fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, led to protests from Muslims in several coun...more