Midnight's Children is a best-selling book by the acclaimed author Salman Rushdie. It discusses India's path to freedom from British colonialism. The events during India's partition are discussed in vivid detail. The magical realism essayed in this book is an ode to post-colonial literature. The story is told through Saleem Sinai, who is the protagonist of the plot. This book has won the Booker Prize. It has also won several other awards including James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Booker of Bookers, and was invited to be read on BBC's survey The Big Read. It was also included in the Great Books of the 20th Century list. Background and plot
The novel's characters are many. The book is an allegory of incidences in India during independence and partition. Saleem Salai is born during this era. He has telepathic skills and of course a sense of smell. The book initially introduces Sinai's family. Strangely, Salai discovers that all children born during the time of India's independence endowed with special powers. He uses his telepathic energies and arranges a conference of such people called Midnight's Children. He is a telepathic conduit for children who come from different geographies and walks of life.
Salai's family migrates to secure places, in the process enduring numerous wars. During this time he suffers phases of amnesia. He chooses the Sundarban jungles for a quasi-mythological exile. During his exile, he regains his memory. In the process, he reconnects with his long-lost friends and is also involved in the Emergency imposed under Indira Gandhi's regime.
Salai is held as a political prisoner for some time. The Emergency nullifies the potency of Midnight's children whose intention was to endow India with a fresh set of progressive principles. Salai is left little to do. He picks up the pieces of his broken life. A theme-based chronicle
Realism is construed as magical realism throughout the novel. The story takes you through different parts of the country. You are set off on a journey from Kashmir to Agra. You explore the gullies of Bombay and the wide roads of Lahore. The narrative framework of this film revolves around the protagonist and the colonial ramifications of an independent India. About the author
Salman Rushie is an acclaimed author having written several bestsellers including the controversial The Satanic Verses. This paperback/hardcover book can be ordered online with the ISBN number 10 of 0099535092 and ISBN number 13 of 9780099535096. Order online your copy today!