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Midnight's Children

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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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  • Posted November 16, 2008

    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 about the history of India as the book is deeply connected with it .

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2005

    Good in the beginning... but too long

    The start is very good... one cannot put it aside but as the story goes on it looses interest. I found the first half very good but after that it was hard to read as words were repetitive. I wish it was shorter.. would have conveyed the message better.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2004

    Art is long, life is short

    This is a brilliant and incredibly difficult book. Call me selfish, but I don't have 2 months to read and re-read this book to fully appreciate its message.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2003

    it's a challenge

    Midnight's Children really challenged my reading. This is a book that is very confussing at times but in the end all comes together. I enjoyed reading the book but it was not my favorite book to read. I had a hard time understanding Rushdie's humor and how the book was organized. If you would like a challenge I would say this is a book to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2000

    Humor is the Hidden Quality in Midnight's Children

    I found Midnight's Children very interesting and challenging. I sometimes got so caught in the challenge of the read that I forgot to appreciate the humor that is laced throughout the novel. A second read would undoubtly open this story up. Rushdie keeps the reader interested through out by teasing the reader. His humor is subtle and deeply woven in this story.

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