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“It is not easy to describe this book, and the thought of attempting is a bit daunting.
“Hilarious. Just amuse yourself reading a wordsmith's work! See for yourself how he says a simple fact such as "Sun rises from the East" in a full paragraph of 4-5 sentences. Amazing imagination at work.”Lovesh Vashist wrote this review 6 hours ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I couldn't figure out whether this novel was meant to be Magic Realist, a political polemic, or... well, just what exactly. I found the characters totally unsympathetic - partly because they were not realistic - and uninspiring - partly because the 'magic' was not in them. The style, for me, was overwrought, the metaphor and rhetoric predictable, and the story itself a meandering emptiness. If this was Rushdie's point, he succeeded, but I can't for the life of me find anything in this novel to recommend it. I've read it through once completely, written an essay on it, and tried to read it again. I remain baffled. I have put it on a special island of pretentious, self-consciously 'literary' works that bore the marrow out of me.”A. H. Richards wrote this review 8 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I recently started reading "Midnights Children" by Salman Rushdie not only because my grandfather told me it was an amazing book, but also because I felt that I would develop a stronger understanding of the topic were currently studying in Globals 10, the Partition of India. So far, I really enjoy the book but I find it a bit hard to follow because the story talks about both Saleems current life as a 31 year-old male, and the time period of his grandfathers lives in 1915 (before he was even born) without really addressing which era he is focusing on. Otherwise I am able to put the pieces together successfully as I continue reading. The trait that I love the most about this book is its vast amount of detail in every chapter. The author, Salman Rushdie, explains each of the scenes so lucidly and vividly that it feels as if you are right there with the character. I enjoy the book a lot, I wouldnt say that it is my utmost favorite book, but I like the change in genre. ”Anjali H wrote this review 2 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“much ado about ridicule.”iami k wrote this review Thursday, November 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Every bit as good as it is considered to be by most "experts." (It won the "Best of the Booker.") I personally don't care much for magical realism which is part of the style, but I can appreciate its use. The breadth of vision and scope and the verve with which Rushdie carries it out is marvelous.”Shelley Kotz wrote this review Tuesday, October 8, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Warning: Although I will try to restrain myself, I may gush without warning. I was entranced from the first sentences:
I was born in the city of Bombay… once upon a time. No, that won’t do, there’s no getting away from the date: I was born in Doctor Narlikar’s Nursing Home on August 15th, 1947. And the time? The time matters, too. Well then: at night. No, it’s important to be more… On the stroke of midnight, as a matter of fact. Clockhands joined palms in respectful greeting as I came. Oh, spell it out, spell it out: at the precise instant of India’s arrival at independence, I tumbled forth into the world.
The only question in my mind from that point was whether Rushdie could sustain that magical voice through over 500 pages. The answer is yes. This is one of the most impressive and immersive books I've read in years. The prose style is as lyrical as a Margaret Atwood but with something I've missed in those books of hers I've read. Something missing in almost all books stamped as literary fiction--a sense of humor. The book has touches of modernist techniques and styles I'd often find off-putting, particularly of the TMI, scatological, Rabelaisian kind that usually makes me wrinkle my nose, along with a protagonist and narrator who, if not exactly unsympathetic, you couldn't by any means call a hero. Rushdie gets away with it because he gave Saleem Sinai a beguiling voice. Rushdie says in the introduction he was trying for a tone "comically assertive, unrelentingly garrulous" but with more than a touch of pathos. He succeeded. And in pairing his often hapless comic character with modern independent India Rushdie managed to give me a sense of the country and the forces that pushed and pulled the nation and its individual people.
I've been aware of Rushdie as a celebrated writer for decades, and whenever I've heard him quoted have found I've liked him for what he's said. A guy celebrated by the literati with the ability to admit he's a fan of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and her character Severus Snape? But it made me feel some trepidation about trying him--both the stellar literary reputation and that I liked his persona. What if I was disappointed? All I can say is my one disappointment is that I didn't read him years ago. I have a lot to catch up on now.”
“Rereading it with greater appreciation and awareness of India's history.”Carol M wrote this review Saturday, August 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The style elements often overtook the story telling. If I was reading this I probably would have stopped, but as an audiobook, it was good. ”Perry A Wilson wrote this review Thursday, August 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked parts of the book and could appreciate the wild creativity of it, but some of the repetition got on my nerves at times. Overall, though, a pretty amazing way to "live" through the extraordinary events of the subcontinent through much of the 20th century.”Trevor Kew wrote this review Monday, July 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Novela clásica del Siglo XX, obra maestra de este excelente escritor. Polifacética: realismo mágico (al mejor estilo de García Márquez), postmodernista (metaficción, fragmentaria), histórica (India, Pakistán, Bangladesh, 1948-1977); creativa y original; cómica y dramática, y hasta melodramática (parodia de Príncipe y el Mendigo). Al mejor estilo de Las Mil y Una Noches, abunda en cuentos al narrar la vida de su protagonista, que corre paralela, gemela, a la historia de India después de la independencia. Libro imprescindible.”Enrique V wrote this review Tuesday, July 9, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No