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MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN: A Novel

Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

When Indian novelist Rushdie arrived with Grimus in 1979 we called him "an imagination to watch." And he'll be watched indeed once this bravura fiction starts circulating—a picaresque entertainment that's clearly inspired by close readings of the modern South American fabulists and, above all, Sterne's Tristram Shandy. Rushdie's own Tristram is named Saleem Sinai—and he is born at the stroke of ... Read full review

Review: Midnight's Children

Editorial Review - Bookreporter.com

Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and wellbeing are inextricably bound ... Read full review

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Essential
Seminal work of the post colonial literature canon. Provides a remarkable look at the concepts of assimilation and otherness.

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Magical Realism is not confined to Latin America. Rushdie's prose and storytelling is on par with Carpentier, Cortazar, and even Borges.

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