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Born at the stroke of midnight at the exact moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is a special child. However, this coincidence of birth has consequences he is not prepared for: telepathic powers connect him with 1,000 other 'midnight's children' all of whom are endowed with unusual gifts. Inextricably linked to his nation, Saleem's story is a whirlwind of disasters and triumphs that mirrors the course of modern India at its most impossible and glorious.
The writing is exquisite. To read this book is to experience a crafting of language that delights the senses like a delicately spiced dish. The story of India and Pakistan told through the experience and life of 3 generations the Aziz family, with a touch of Indian mystery and magic.
Five plus stars
This is easily the most accomplished book I have ever read. Anyone who likes reading needs to read this book - it's as simple (and as difficult) as that.
The quality of description is unmatched. Rushdie crafts sheer beauty with his words. Difficult to follow (I have the benefit of my late grandfathers notes in my hard copy) but a joy nonetheless. To be honest, opening any page without a hint of knowledge of the prior story would still be a joy due to the sheer quality of writing.