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Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie
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Mar 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in February, 2011

This is the first book I've read by Salman Rushdie, and I quite enjoyed it. The children of midnight are the children born during the first hour of India's independence--which occurred at midnight on the night of August 15, 1947. The children are as diverse as the country itself, and have unusual gifts. The story, which focuses on one such child, serves as a metaphor for the country's experience following its newfound independence. I found it very interesting, and since I have a fair knowledge (not perfect, but fair) of India's religous and political history I was able to follow it fairly well; I think someone without some background knowledge might find it difficult, or at least would miss a lot.

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