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8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

A parallel story of the birth of a nation and that nation's children

"Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was awarded in 1993 the honor of "best overall novel" of all Booker Prize winners since the prize was first awarded in 1975. In 2005 it made the 100 best English-language novels published since 19...
"Midnight's Children" by Salman Rushdie won the Booker Prize in 1981 and was awarded in 1993 the honor of "best overall novel" of all Booker Prize winners since the prize was first awarded in 1975. In 2005 it made the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923. I agree that it is worthy of such accolades. It is basically a story of India's history immediately before independence from Great Britain and for its beginning years as a nation continuing on to Pakistan separation and ensuing wars between the two nations. The story is built on and parallels the lives of those children born at midnight on that day of independence, August 15, 1947, at the designated time of independence thus the title, Midnight's Children. The main character, Saleem Sinai, is one of those children and his life is linked to the 1000 other midnight's children all of whom have some type of magical powers or gifts. It is definitely a challenging and intellectual read, both thought-provoking and complex. I feel more knowledgeable about Indian history and the divisions within that nation that continue even into today's society there. * * *

posted by WWCEBC on August 22, 2009

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3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Unbelievably Long !!

It's very long and the characters aren't that interesting ,it's easy to forget what happened the last 20 pages when you're reading ! I didn't fall in Love with book , i didn't even like it a lot . to be fair it might have something to do with my lack of information abou...
It's very long and the characters aren't that interesting ,it's easy to forget what happened the last 20 pages when you're reading ! I didn't fall in Love with book , i didn't even like it a lot . to be fair it might have something to do with my lack of information about the history of India as the book is deeply connected with it .

posted by Egyptian_Reader on November 16, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2012

    Booooooooooooo

    Greatly boring if I could I have it a 0000.1

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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