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“Extraordinary . . . one of the most important [novels] to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation.” (The New York Review of Books)
“Burgeons with life, with exuberance and fantasy . . . Rushdie is a writer of courage, impressive strength, and sheer stylistic brilliance.” (The Washington Post Book World)
“A marvelous epic . . . Rushdie’s prose snaps into playback and flash-forward . . . stopping on images, vistas, and characters of unforgettable presence. Their range is as rich as India herself.” (Newsweek)
I'm from Argentina. I just enjoy reading a lot, and audible has resolved my insomnia problems. It's so good to listen to sb.
The book tells the actual Indian History from colonialism to Indepence. The first person narrator, who has telepathic powers, strongly believes that his life is closely link to Indian historical events. There are lots of interesting, fascinating characters. And as a Latinamerican I love when magic blends with real world. The novel is ironic, funny, true.
I enjoyed a lot Sinai's family: grandparents, father who got frozen, his misterious mother. Sinai's entangle birth. They are lovable, entincing even though strange and odd. Maybe that's why they are so attractive
It took me a while to get into the flow of Rushdie's very precise, high-fallutin' language and the strange story arc, but I became addicted and really loved this strange, creative work. The reader was very enthusiastic and entertaining.
Midnight's Children is beautifully written and, while I agree that the narrator may overdo it sometimes, the reading works very well for me, transports me to another world.
But nearly halfway into it, I'm thinking: OK, but so what? So far there have been a string of character studies -- beautiful character studies, to be sure -- all intertwined and related with one another, but ... where's the narrative? Is something happening? Is there a story here somewhere?
So far, it's mostly form with very little content. So this would be an amusing book for those who are content with character vignettes, and less so for those of us who appreciate a bit of plot.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
This is a good book...if you can get by all the twists and turns to understand what is going on.I love Rushdies books but this one left me wonder 'WHAT was that about' long after reading it.
The narrorator was great!
Out of all his books I wonder how THIS one got picked to be a movie.
Abstract and narrated in a dialect I couldn't understand that reminded me of all of the bad computer help desk voices. This book just did NOT work for me. I didn't like it on any level. A total waste of time.
The birth of India sounds significant the way the narrator reads it. That's appropriate, but he uses the same tone for the (copious) description of the child's (copious) snot, for instance. I made it through the first third of the book before giving it up with India still in it's youth.
Not only is Rushdie's story magically entertaining and brilliantly written, Lyndam Gregory's voice, narration, and perfect pronunciation brings the story to life. Wonderfully narrated audiobook.
Ghost writer of over 100 unpublished works...;).
This is a history of modern India as told by a resident with an overactive imagination, an inflated sense of self worth, and a short attention span. It's a magical, romantic, and quite funny story of three generations spanning the region from Bombay to Kashmir.
Briefly summarized (giving nothing away), we have the adult twin of India, a Muslim born at the exact same time as his home country, and therefore gifted with magical powers. He tells the story of his paternal grandfather and of his parents, and his childhood in Bombay. These characters witness India's changing landscape.
So, at best, we have our history told to us third hand. Moreover, the narrator himself admits to the flourishes, the omissions and additions, and the exaggerations in his story. This makes for a lot listener head scratching, brow furrowing, and sometimes belly laughing.
If the subject matter isn't your cup of Darjeeling, but you're still curious, I strongly suggest you spending your credit here. If you've read The Satanic Verses and are looking for more of the same, you'll find a lot to like in Midnight's Children. If you've read The Satanic Verses and have sworn off of Rushdie forever, take heart. Midnight's Children, to me, was a bit easier to read and much better grounded (see what I did there?).
Maybe it's my ADD, but I became impatient with Rushdie's meandering, albeit pretty, prose. The writing did evoke a sense of Indian mysticism, but without the stellar narration the words just wouldn't have come alive for me.
Was there an actual plot? I don't know. But it had a unique narration style so it will be enjoyed by those who like that. But this is one of those narratives that holds its characters and humanity in general in contempt, and if you don't like that, then I don't think you will enjoy this.
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