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Midnight's Children : A BBC Between the Covers Big Jubilee Read Pick

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*WINNER OF THE BOOKER AND BEST OF THE BOOKER PRIZE*

**A BBC BETWEEN THE COVERS BIG JUBILEE READ PICK**

'A wonderful, rich and humane novel... a classic' Guardian

Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other 'midnight's children' all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem's story is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious.

WITH A NEW 40TH ANNIVERSARY INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
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Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 33mm | 484g
  • Vintage Classics
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0
  • 9780099511892
  • 1,296

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A magical-realist reflection of the issues India faced post-independence including culture, language, religion, and politics… It’s a truly incredible work.
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A magical-realist reflection of the issues India faced post-independence including culture, language, religion, and politics... It's a truly incredible work. -- Jack Rear * Verdict * The extraordinary alchemy of Midnight's Children was its miraculous fusion of the fantastical and the historical. -- Jereme Boyd Maunsell * Evening Standard * A wonderful, rich and humane novel that is safe to call a classic. -- Sam Jordison * Guardian * Rushdie's novel took a post-colonial "empire fights back" spirit, and a deep personal understanding of the politics of Indian partition, and exploded them into something teeming with imaginative life... He inhabits a hybrid consciousness, with a telepathic connection to the other children of midnight, and tells its stories for all he is worth. -- Tim Adams * Observer * A head-spinning tale... Rushdie's masterpiece virtually invented a new language for Anglo-Indian literature -- John Walsh * Reader's Digest *
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About Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of fourteen previous novels - Luka and the Fire of Life; Grimus; Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and the Best of the Booker); Shame; The Satanic Verses; Haroun and the Sea of Stories; The Moor's Last Sigh; The Ground Beneath Her Feet; Fury; Shalimar the Clown; The Enchantress of Florence; Two Years, Eight Months, and Twenty-Eight Nights; The Golden House; and Quichotte (which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize) - and one collection of short stories: East, West. He has also published five works of nonfiction - The Jaguar Smile; Imaginary Homelands; Step Across This Line; Joseph Anton; and Languages of Truth - and coedited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University. A former president of PEN American Center, Rushdie was knighted in 2007 for services to literature.
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113,037 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (37,932)
3 19% (20,928)
2 6% (7,318)
1 3% (3,378)

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Rushdie's prose is superb, and his imagination endless. Yet he tends to be a bit long winded. The book is too long for my taste. For Rushdie and India-phills only.show more
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