My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Midnight’s Children (1981) by Salman Rushdie is a story that borders those wonderful lines in bedtime stories, folk-tales, and in myths, shaping not only this tale of Saleem Sinai, who is born on August 15, 1947 at India’s independence, but shaping the legend of all who cross paths with him. A lengthy book at 533 pages, Midnight’s Children is well worth the read.
I read this book, words flowing off the page and the story immediately coming to life, in 2011 and revisit it here because of the movie version, and I still remember the hole in the sheet Saleem’s grandparents met through, the pickle factory, the nose with powers, the ability to speak to the other 1,000 children (who also have their magical gifts) born at midnight on August 15, 1947, and Parvati-the-witch.
One of the great things about this book is how Rushdie weaves history with a boy’s magical adventures, making it not only a fun read but also a read that takes you back in time.
Midnight’s Children won the esteemed Booker Prize in 1981 and the Best of the Booker in 1993, and again later in 2008. In the 25th Anniversary Edition there is a great introduction by Rushdie, and it is also an insightful read.
I strongly recommend this book for any who love stories.
The American novelist CG FEWSTON has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome (Italy), a Visiting Fellow at Hong Kong’s CityU, & he’s a member of the Hemingway Society, Club Med, and the Royal Society of Literature. He’s also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) based in London.
He’s the author of several short stories and novels. His works include A Father’s Son (2005), The New America: A Collection (2007), The Mystic’s Smile ~ A Play in 3 Acts (2007), Vanity of Vanities (2011), A Time to Love in Tehran (2015), Little Hometown, America: A Look Back (2020); and forthcoming: Conquergood & the Center of the Intelligible Mystery of Being; A Time to Forget in East Berlin; and, The Endless Endeavor of Excellence.
He has a B.A. in English, an M.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership (honors), an M.A. in Literature (honors), and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing & Fiction. He was born in Texas in 1979.
You can follow the author on Facebook @ cg.fewston – where he has 450,000+ followers
“The American novelist CG FEWSTON tells a satisfying tale, bolstered by psychology and far-ranging philosophy, calling upon Joseph Campbell, J. D. Salinger, the King James Bible, and Othello.”
“In this way, the author lends intellectual heft to a family story, exploring the ‘purity’ of art, the ‘corrupting’ influences of publishing, the solitary artist, and the messy interconnectedness of human relationships.”
GOLD Winner in the 2020 Human Relations Indie Book Awards for Contemporary Realistic Fiction
American Novelist CG FEWSTON
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