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Born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is destined from birth to be special. For he is one of 1,001 children born in the midnight hour, children who all have special gifts, children with whom Saleem is telepathically linked.
But there has been a terrible mix up at birth, and Saleem’s life takes some unexpected twists and turns. As he grows up amidst a whirlwind of triumphs and disasters, Saleem must learn the ominous consequences of his gift, for the course of his life is inseparably linked to that of his motherland, and his every act is mirrored and magnified in the events that shape the newborn nation of India. It is a great gift, and a terrible burden.
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.