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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 672 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/1998
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099578512
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Review by calvin_xa
I just didnt get this book. at all. I pushed through to the end because i thought there'd be some value at the end of it - booker prize and all. I found the background history of India interesting but not illuminating. didnt enjoy rushdie's style. just a very ordinary story about some kids with superpowers.
Review by sowisko
The author of The Satanic Verses creates a fascinating family saga about the birth and maturity of a land and its people - a brilliant incarnation of the human comedy. It’s a fascinating family saga set against the colourful background of the India of the 20th century. Saleem Sinai was born at midnight, the midnight of India's independence, and is 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.
Review by rayski
A boy born on the birth of an independent India believes the country reflects what he does with his life. Like India he lives a very turbulent and difficult life. Like his life, the book was difficult too.
Review by hapakine
I started out thinking that this book would be intimidating, but it's certainly not. Rushdie's prose is engaging and readable, even when he does quirky things, like eliminate the serial comma. The result is a multilayered novel that you can read as deeply or as lightly as you choose. Excellent.
Review by NeilDalley
The idea behind this book of matching the fate of one individual against the destiny of his country, India, was superb but the exexution of the idea was very poor. I really did not enjoy reading it. The writing style was painful. It was so self-conscious and clumsy. I thought it would never end. I really do not understand how anyone thought this was worthy to be the Booker of Bookers. Iris Murdoch's "The Sea, the Sea" was so much more better than this.I won't be rushing to read anything else by Rushdie.
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