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Midnight's Children

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Born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is destined from birth to be special. For he is one of 1,001 children born in the midnight hour, children who all have special gifts, children with whom Saleem is telepathically linked. But there has been a terrible mix up at birth, and Saleem's life takes some unexpected twists and turns. As he grows up amidst a whirlwind of triumphs and disasters, Saleem must learn the ominous consequences of his gift, for the course of his life is inseparably linked to that of his motherland, and his every act is mirrored and magnified in the events that shape the newborn nation of India. It is a great gift, and a terrible burden.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 672 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 38.1mm | 580.6g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0099578514
  • 9780099578512
  • 96,953

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"Totally different to anything I'd read before: hilarious at times, frustrating at times, exploring how history is linked into our lives, plus lots of metaphors about chutney." -- Issy Patience Skinny "'Salman Rushdie has earned the right to be called one of our great storytellers.' Observer" "'Huge, vital, engrossing... in all senses a fantastic book.' Sunday Times" "'The literary map of India has been redrawn... Midnight's Children sounds like a country finding its voice.' New York Times" "'A brilliant and endearing novel.' London Review of Books"show more

Review Text

Winner of the 1981 Booker Prize and the 1993 'Booker of Bookers', this is the tale of Saleem Sinai and the other 1000 babies born in the 'magic' hour after Indian independence on 15 August 1947. Its brilliant style owes something to magic realism, but also to an acute awareness of Indian myth and history. In some senses, it is a comic allegory of the latter although it was sufficiently satirical about contemporary India - and the sterilizations ordered by Sanjay Gandhi, for example - for it to be banned there. It it is hard to understand the path of 20th-century writing without having read this book. (Kirkus UK)show more

About Salman Rushdie

Salman Rushdie is the author of eight novels, one collection of short stories, and four works of non-fiction, and the co-editor of The Vintage Book of Indian Writing. In 1993 Midnight's Children was judged to be the 'Booker of Bookers', the best novel to have won the Booker Prize in its first 25 years. The Moor's Last Sigh won the Whitbread Prize in 1995, and the European Union's Aristelon Prize for Literature in 1996. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres.show more

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