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Midnight's Children

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  87,593 Ratings  ·  5,125 Reviews
Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and found 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 ear and ...more
Hardcover, Third Impression, 446 pages
Published February 27th 1994 by Jonathan Cape (first published 1981)
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John Addiego This is literary fiction in what I'd call the magical realism style, and it seems like one of the best novels about multi-cultural India during and…moreThis is literary fiction in what I'd call the magical realism style, and it seems like one of the best novels about multi-cultural India during and since its moment of independence from the British Empire. Mostly, it's a work of rare genius and terrific humor by a master stylist.(less)
Anna This is a slow, intense, complex novel, and even though I always read at a pretty high level, I do not think I could have handled this book at 15.…moreThis is a slow, intense, complex novel, and even though I always read at a pretty high level, I do not think I could have handled this book at 15. It's not inappropriate because of sexual content or violence, but because I think you have to have read a little more and been challenged by reading a little more before you can really dive into and appreciate it. (less)
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Turhan Sarwar
Jun 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Midnight's Children is not at all a fast read; it actually walks the line of being unpleasantly the opposite. The prose is dense and initially frustrating in a way that seems almost deliberate, with repeated instances of the narrator rambling ahead to a point that he feels is important--but then, before revealing anything of importance, deciding that things ought to come in their proper order. This use of digressions (or, better put, quarter-digressions) can either be attributed to a charmingly ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
This is my absolute favourite Rushdie novel. Its background of the Partition of India and Pakistan after the disastrous and cowardly retreat of the British occupiers and the ensuing Emergency under Indira Ghandi provides a breathtaking tableau for Rushdie's narrative. His narrator is completely unreliable and that is what makes the story so fascinating. I lend this book out so many times after talking about it so much (and never got my paperback copy returned) that I had to buy a hardcover that ...more
Samadrita
What's real and what's true aren't necessarily the same.

Discard skepticism as you approach this epic. Suspend disbelief. Because myth and truth blend into each other imperfectly to spin a gossamer-fine web of reality on which the nation state is balanced precariously. And we, the legatees of this yarn, are caught up in a surrealist farce which plays out interminably in this land of heat and dust and many smells, our rational selves perennially clashing with our shallow beliefs but eventually s
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
Ο ΑΝΔΡΑΣ ΜΕ ΤΙΣ ΜΟΙΡΑΙΕΣ ... ΡΩΓΜΕΣ.

Ένα φαντασμαγορικός οργασμός με ατελείωτη
αφηγηματική δύναμη και αξιοθαύμαστη πνευματική ενέργεια.
Ένα αληθινό παραμύθι της Ανατολής που ανοίγεται στα παράθυρα της ψυχής και του μυαλού και μιλάει με ένα άγριο,προκλητικό,αφοπλιστικό και μοναδικά φορτισμένο αφηγηματικό πλούτο που σε διεγείρει και σε ταυτίζει υπαρξιακά και φυσιογνωμικά.

Ο Σαλίμ γεννιέται στην Ινδία των εκατοντάδων θεών και παραδόσεων τη νύχτα που η χώρα ανεξαρτητοποιείται απο την αγγλική κυριαρχ
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Dolors
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dreamers & Renegades
Recommended to Dolors by: Garima & Sckenda
“Who what am I? My answer: I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come.”

Living different ways of grasping the meaning of man and the world should offer a deeper perspective than the usual reductionism that we oftentimes subject cultures that diverge from our own
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Lisa
The power of the storytelling left me speechless - all the words were in the novel, and there were none left for me!

If there ever was a novel that changed the way I read, this is it. I must have read each sentence several times, just to follow the thread of the confusing story, and I still got lost in the labyrinth of individual and collective history that unfolds on the stroke of Midnight, on the night of India's independence. So completely taken in by the children who are born on that particu
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Kevin Ansbro
For me, one of the most important books of our modern age.
I ADORE this playful, historical epic: Salman Rushdie is a literary god in my eyes, and can do no wrong - so I am biased.
Rushdie is one of the authors who has influenced my own style of writing, even though his overly-descriptive approach is discouraged by publishing editors the world over.
The 'midnight's children' of the story are those born in the first hour of India's independence from British rule.
It is true that the novel's digressiv
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Michael
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, intelligent, hilarious, profound, and historically illuminating. And the narrator is deliciously unreliable too! Need I say more? I will. His sentences are the kind of energetic super-charged masterpieces that I could quote endlessly. Here's one plucked utterly at random:

"Into this bog of muteness there came, one evening, a short man whose head was as flat as the cap upon it; whose legs were as bowed as reeds in the wind; whose nose nearly touched his up-curving chin; and whose voice,
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من أجمل ما قرأت من الأعمال المترجمة، رواية سلمان رشدي. لاشك عمله (آيات شيطانية) أصابه بلعنة حالت دون أن يلتفت له القارئ المسلم حتى نكون أكثر دقة، ثم العربي. لكن هذا العمل لابد أن يقرأ لهذا الرجل. عمل تكاملت جوانبه الإبداعية من موضوع وحبكة درامية وتفسير للحدث – حتى لو كان شخصي – وحبكة تنم عن إجتهاد لإرضاد النص فلماذا لا يقرأ؟!. بل هو يستحق القراءة والنقد والترجمة لكل اللغات هذه هي رواية أطفال منتصف الليل.


في البدء وحتى تضع هذه الرواية ضمن أول قائمتك القرائية. هذه الرواية المسكونة حبكة وجنون وسرد خ
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Garima
Nothing but trouble outside my head; nothing but miracles inside it.

Being a child is no child’s play. A long wait within the sheltered darkness of a womb subsides when rhythmic beats of the heart resume their role in blinding light and mind, an apparent clean slate hold the fading marks of previous lives. While the time patiently takes its course to reveal the silhouette of million existent enigmas, the colorblind vision gradually sheds its skin and an exhilarating display of a new world comes f
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Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie is a novelist and essayist. Much of his early fiction is set at least partly on the Indian subcontinent. His style is often classified as magical realism, while a dominant theme of his work is the story of the many connections, disruptions and migrations between the Eastern and Western world.

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“I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I'm gone which would not have happened if I had not come.” 624 likes
“Memory's truth, because memory has its own special kind. It selects, eliminates, alters, exaggerates, minimizes, glorifies, and vilifies also; but in the end it creates its own reality, its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events; and no sane human being ever trusts someone else's version more than his own.” 341 likes
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