Man Booker Prize (1981)
James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Fiction (1981)
The Booker of Bookers Prize (1993)
Midnight’s Children stands for the few hundred odd children who were born in India at midnight when India gain her independence, precisely 15th August 1947. The protagonist Saleem Sinai was born at the exact stroke of the midnight and has special powers owing to his birth; so does the other few hundred who were born within minutes of his birth. The lives of these children are so entwined with India who is also in the infantile state that you are not sure if these children shaped India or did India shape these children…Their histories cannot be pulled apart…
My first impression about this book was ‘too irritating writing style’. I could not make any sense of things that Rushdie wrote and had to force myself to go back and re-read sentences and paragraphs to try to make sense of the writing. I was almost on the verge of abandoning it…’Disappointed’ is a grossly understatement to describe my feelings because I had wanted to read this book for a long long time…There is no count of the number of times I almost bought this book.
But something somewhere made me persist and I am so so happy that I did so…Today after reading through around 650 pages of this bulky book, I am in total awe of Salman Rushdie. The writing is a mild put off in the beginning, but once you get used to it, you are too engrossed in the life of Saleem Sinai that you don’t care how it is written, as long as you know what happened to Saleem and all the other Midnight’s children.
There is a story inside a story, but all of them revolving around Saleem Sinai. It begins with the life of Dr Aadam Aziz, Saleem’s maternal grand father and ends with first few years after the birth of Saleem’s son Aadam Sinai. There are twists and turns in every page of the book, the reader has no time to dwell on a piece of information before another equally interesting story is thrusted upon him/her.
I don’t intend to write much more about this book. All I would say is that it is worth the time required to read 650 odd pages of this masterpiece, especially if you are interested in the history related to Indian Independence and the partition of India.
Source: Justbooks Library
Published: January 3rd 2013 by Vintage
I would like to watch the movie adaptation of Midnight’s Children which was directed by Deepa Mehta. Has someone watched it? Is it worth my time?