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DOWNLOAD Midnight's Children 107 Saleem Sinai was born at midnight the midnight of India's independence and found himself mysteriously handcuffed to history by the coincidence He is one of 1001 children b. Midnight s Children is not at all a fast read it actually walks the line of being unpleasantly the opposite The prose is dense and initially frustrating in a way that seems almost deliberate with repeated instances of the narrator rambling ahead to a point that he feels is important but then before revealing anything of importance deciding that things ought to come in their proper order This use of digressions or better put uarter digressions can either be attributed to a charmingly distractable narrator or a vehicle for perhaps cheaply tantalizing the reader or bothI ll admit that at first I didn t appreciate being so persistently manipulated Many times in the first few chapters I found myself closing the book in anger thinking to myself If the story is worth it this tactic is utterly unnecessaryThe tactic it turns out is unnecessary The book the story is stunning It s stunning enough that the frustrating aspects of the telling are forgivable and actually retrospectively satisfying which I suspect is what the author wanted While the fractional digressions on the one hand can have you groping around for a lighter they on the other hand work to accustom you to the novel s epically meandering pace Also they effectively allow you to feel a certain urgency near the end of the book as the narrator runs out of timeThe imagery is lush the characters are curiously magically lopsided the language is complicated and beautiful the chapters are nicely portioned despite the initial plodding pace the narrative is deliberately allegorical which perhaps suggests an enhanced enjoyment of the work after studying a bit of Indian history Elements of the story s frame the narrator writing in a pickle factory with sweet Padma reading along are particularly amusing and the chapter entitled In the Sundarbans is nothing short of breathtakingThe book will go slow in the beginning the book means to give it patience it s worth it I think

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DOWNLOAD Midnight's Children 107 S gifts inner ear and wildly sensitive sense of smell we are drawn into a fascinating family saga set against the vast colourful background of the India of the 20th centur. Who what am I My answer I am the sum total of everything that went before me of all I have been seen done of everything done to me I am everyone everything whose being in the world affected was affected by mine I am anything that happens after I ve gone which would not have happened if I had not come Living different ways of grasping the meaning of man and the world should offer a deeper perspective than the usual reductionism that we oftentimes subject cultures that diverge from our own and Midnight s Children is a book that I lived rather than I readIn deconstructing the concept of identity Amin Maalouf tried to separate rootlessness from migration the sense of belonging from nationalism individual expression from collective duty and it s the Lebanese born French journalist s inferences that I hear as I turn the pages of Salman Rushdie s masterpieceIn the same way applying the label of magic realism to Midnight s Children is a blatant simplification Do not misunderstand me the narration fits the postmodernist tendency of Western metafiction which includes abrupt changes in the chronological seuences told by an unreliable narrator that uses the language and spirit of a fairy tale Those are indeed undeniable elements that distinguish this novel from realistic and traditional approaches But Rushdie goes beyond the generalization and creates a sui generis style with harmonious dialogue and sumptuous lyricism that entices the mind and warms the heart blending myth and fiction with grotesue reality rising the resulting hotchpotch to the level of colossal epic Likewise this is not merely a novel on the turbulent historical events regarding the independence of India and its later partition from Pakistan it s the story of a man blessed or cursed with extraordinary gifts that is inexorably handcuffed to the making of a generation descendant of a picturesue family lineage that paints an unorthodox portrait of the multifaceted culture of a certain eraRushdie has a very honest stance toward history In his own words History is always ambiguous Facts are harsh to establish and capable of being given many meanings Reality is built on prejudices misconceptions and ignorance as well as on our perceptiveness and knowledge The narrator the Indian Muslim Saleem Sinai doesn t claim to possess the absolute truth of the events that shape the world he lives in he doesn t even claim to understand them and so he teases but never poses he plays with his imagination but never lies about his erratic memory which either real inaccurate or both ends up participating as another fictional character in the story Memory has its own special kind It selects eliminates alters exaggerates minimizes glorifies and vilifies also but in the end it creates its own reality its heterogeneous but usually coherent version of events and no sane human being ever trusts someone else s version than his own With that warning in mind the reader is in for an intertextual journey where everything is loaded with allegorical gist Numbers and literary references A Thousand and One children born at midnight on the day that India proclaims its independence Symbolical characters a super snooted child of destiny that smells the future A vivid tapestry of religions Asian ancestry and folklore a hit the spittoon heirloom as emblem of a vanishing era A perforated sheet as a token of stolen glimpses and love Salman Rushdie s spicy prose is the result of twenty six pickle jars namely chapters of specially blended ingredients of which sarcastic humor is not the least important Fable but never superstition personal history but never collective grievance and a certain amount of magic realism create a multisensorial experience that weaves together the vanguardism of the Western literary tradition and the most distilled portrayal of the Indian tradition Thus Rushdie s novel emerges not only as a colorful allegory for the birth of a new India but also as an iconic text that signifies the birth of a new world where literature brings cultures closer across borders and allows people to hold on to the optimistic belief that what we have in common will finally overweight what drives us apart Call me naive but I think that s a beautiful dream to have Indeed

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DOWNLOAD Midnight's Children 107 Orn at the midnight hour each of them endowed with an extraordinary talent and whose privilege and curse it is to be both master and victims of their times Through Saleem'. What s real and what s true aren t necessarily the same Discard skepticism as you approach this epic Suspend disbelief Because myth and truth blend into each other imperfectly to spin a gossamer fine web of reality on which the nation state is balanced precariously And we the legatees of this yarn are caught up in a surrealist farce which plays out interminably in this land of heat and dust and many smells our rational selves perennially clashing with our shallow beliefs but eventually succumbing to an incomprehensible love of the absurd Illusion has to offer than you thinkApproach this panorama with a sense of wonder This land of Sultunates of slave kings and Empires wrought by alien invaders of manic religious ritualism of a civilization which had co existed with Mesopotamia and Egypt of most accomplished snake charmers of the world of crushing poverty and staggering riches The peepshow man with his dugdugee drum beckons you to behold the images of Meenakshi temple and the Taj Mahal and the Bodhgaya and the holy Ganges streaming down from Lord Shiva s tresses to uench our mortal thirst And you cannot be a witness to the unfolding of a spectacle without aweApproach this homage to the spirit of a time and place with joined palms head dipping mildly in reverence With palms bracing the earth knees bent forehead kissing the ground With a hand raised to the forehead then the heart and each shoulder With an erect palm thumb and forefinger meeting in a circle Our pantheon of divinities will look down on you with displeasure otherwise But above all approach this plenitude of tales within tales within tales with love Without love for the shared fantasy of unity in diversity this book would not have existed at all If I seem a little bizarre remember the wild profusion of my inheritance perhaps if one wishes to remain an individual in the midst of teeming multitudes one must make oneself grotesue O Swallower of Multitudes Bearer of Multiple Identities Assimilator of a million and one traditions Nation of dubious ancestry born of imperialism and revolution of three hundred and thirty million gods and goddesses prophets and saviours and enlightened ones fortune tellers and clairvoyants fantasies and dreams and nightmares of self contradictions galore this is a love letter to you from a besotted son if there ever was one O people of fractured selves you who have been scarred by the vicissitudes of history traumatized by partitioned fates absorbed by the currents of dynastic politics afflicted by the optimism disease gather up and listen to the saga of midnight s children your very own one a child of hardwon freedom other a child of flesh and blood Saleem and India India and Saleem Not identical twins but twins bound to mirror each other s ambiguous trysts with destiny twins doomed to share a love hate relationship Listen to vain foolish self deluded cuckolded Saleem and his self aggrandizing story telling Awash in the glow of his Anglepoised pool of light as he is fallacious and chutneyfied as his history is I detect in his voice a uiver a note of humble deference and endless love Love of lapiz lazuli encrusted silver spittoons and perforated sheets of the progress of a nation tied tragicomically with his own Love of flap eared Ganesh and a resolutely silent flap eared son love of Sunderbans phantasmal mangrove forests and Bombay s non conformity Love of the blue skies of Kashmir and the hubbub of old Delhi s slums and Amritsar s narrow malodorous bylanes Love of people and places beyond borders There are as many versions of India as Indians Do you not make out the throbbing ache in his declamations for historical compounds left bloodied by dastardly mustachioed brigadiers For a subcontinent trifurcated meaninglessly and wars waged without rhyme or reason Can you discern the tone of suppressed anguish and rage for the promise of midnight s children withering away under the harsh glare of an Emergency The grief for a broken republic and a flickering hope for regeneration and renewal Midnight has many children the offspring of Independence were not all human Violence corruption poverty generals chaos greed and pepperpots I had to go into exile to learn that the children of midnight were varied than I even I had dreamed I can In Saleem s contrived cornucopia of stories leaking into each other I sense his despondency and his joy his pride and his guilt And in his implicit avowals of filial love I find an expression of my own I had entered into the illusion of the artist and thought of the multitudinous realities of the land as the raw unshaped material of my gift Midnight s Children might be an overblown unsubtle metaphor for India but it is also a celebration of multiplicity in a universal context Despite the narrative s flaws and the forced nature of the analogies in the latter half I choose to honour Saleem Sinai s self professed intentions I choose to remember and cherish it as an act of love as an act of faith


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  • Paperback
  • 647
  • Midnight's Children
  • Salman Rushdie
  • English
  • 13 October 2018
  • 9780099578512