odijooonpurpose, December 17, 2010 (view all comments by odijooonpurpose)
This still, after YEARS rates as one of the most compelling & most artfully written books I've read.
I love the way reality shifts on a dime, and what could be a mundane plot takes unexpected twists & turns. Rushdie's use of imagery and metaphor is unparalleled.
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Anaya, September 1, 2006 (view all comments by Anaya)
Midnight's Children, a humorous heartbreaking fairy tale-like story, is a huge landscape of a novel as the main character attempts to fit into his huge paintings. With a loving eye for detail, the author proves he is a miniaturist who writes with astute empathy about children born in the first hour after India's birth after creation of Pakistan. It will take a couple of re-readings to catch all miniature details in woven into the canvas of an intricate plot, strung together with poetical and metaphorical language. But even though the novel tends to render us speechless, it makes for thought-provoking discussion of the real life political drama of the India-Pakistan partition that is embedded into the background of the story.
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Richard, August 16, 2006 (view all comments by Richard)
Magical realism, Indian style. Rushdie packs in lyricism, intrigue, deception, family history, sectarian animosities, historical sweep and pure farce. An ever-astonishing roller-coaster ride.
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by The Washington Post Book World,
"Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy....Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance."
by Sunday Times,
"Huge, vital, engrossing...in all senses a fantastic book."
by V. S. Pritchett, The New Yorker,
"In Salman Rushdie, India has produced a glittering novelist — one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling."
by Robert Towers, The New York Review of Books,
"An extraordinary novel...one of the most important to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation."
Salman Rushdie's 1981 Booker Prize-winning novel and 1993 Booker of Bookers winner. Born at the midnight of India's independence, Saleem is "handcuffed to history" by the coincidence. He is one of 1001 children born that midnight, each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent.
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