About the author:
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.
My thoughts on the book:
I’m just venturing into historical, and I think Midnight’s Children is my first complete novel in that genre. I think after reading, I realize that English has a lot of power when written well, and yes, Rushdie does write well. The story of Saleem Sinai, born at the exact moment of India’s independence and bestowed with a power that each of the other 1000 children born at the same time have too. Saleem the protagonist has the powers of telepathy, and an extremely sensitive smell.
What I liked:
The book isn’t just about the protagonist but about the country as well. It’s about the story of three generations, and the about the dreams of a boy. Perhaps the timing of the birth is also a significance of hope for the nation as well. The story is an interesting concept for sure, and I do applaud the detailing and especially the opening paragraph where Saleem introduces himself.
What I didn’t like:
The story is slow at the start and it takes some time before you get to the essence. Whether it is like that in all of Rushdie’s books is something I don’t know as yet, this being my first book of his. But that early pace kind of threw me off
I will one day read this again, and perhaps in that second read, I shall find it more appealing, but this time, I didn’t like it as much as I thought I might. It’s not a bad read, but little slow paced.
Title: Midnight’s Children
Author: Salman Rushdie
Publishers: Vintage Books
Price: Rs. 450
(March 24th, 2013)