Saturday, June 21, 2008

Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie

Quite an epic of a book, it narrates the tale of Saleem Sinai, from the events in India's cultural history before the time of his birth, till the time he is an adult. Rushdie's writing style does not follow the conventions of literary language as such. He captures the customs and flavors of the Indian subcontinent with amazing accuracy.

For most of the younger generation this novel would help educate them about Indian history, politics and culture, apart from the events happening in the protagonist's life. It provides us an insight into the affluent households of the Indian subcontinent, as well as the most poverty stricken slums.

Rushdie marks important political events of the Indian subcontinent - India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, relating them to important events happening in Saleem's life. The way politics and general events happening in the countries and to their public have been captured is most amazing and enlightening.

In all, an engrossing and entertaining read.