From the jacket:
Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India’s independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other ‘midnight’s children’ all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem’s story is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious.
The first book by Salman Rushdie that I read was Haroun and the Sea of Stories. To be honest I did not like it too much. However, when I picked up this book, a lot of my perception is going to change.
What makes this book an amazing read is that it has an intriguing story line. After all Midnight’s Children won both the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981. It was awarded the “Booker of Bookers” Prize and the best all-time prize winners in 1993 and 2008 to celebrate the Booker Prize 25th and 40th anniversary.-Wiki
The language is a tad bit difficult for a flippant reader, so you may have to resort to the dictionary now and then but what amazes you is the way Rushdie has managed to grip you throughout. He has beautifully captured the confusion and quest for one’s own identity post Independence to perfection. It gives us a peak into the psyche of the pre and post Independence through the refraction of the protagonist Salim Sinai; in an engaging way!
Pick this book up if you are into book reading for pleasure. Not one of those books you pick up for a light read.
My rating is a 4/5
This review is requested by Random House; however the opinions expressed here are my own.