Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

by missizziemcguinness


‘I have watched the mountains being born; I have seen emperors die’ 

I was given this book as a Christmas present, and at first, I was hesitant to read it. Not because of the context or content, but because I was not used to this side of magical realism. My Mum said that if you could read and tackle Salman Rushdie’s books, then it would be very impressive. I was also told that he got into trouble for his work (probably for being a bit too realistic) and it used to be banned.

Midnight’s Children takes some time to get into but I’m sure that it is rewarding in the end. It certainly makes a strong statement on certain sides of Indian Culture and seasons it slightly with a bit of magical realism,but not as obviously as other books of the genre, such as The Night Circus. I love the magical realism genre because authors are allowed to do anything they want and make it as make believe as possible but they can still have a say on the standards and rules or culture of the time.

As for the novel itself, the narrator rambled way too much to the point where it could be at least two hundred pages shorter than it was. There were times where I got into it but other times it was excess information that wasn’t really needed until everything started to gradually come together. I like how all the midnight children had a telepathic connection but unfourtunetly, I couldn’t sit through and read the whole thing.

Generally an ok book but it could be shorter. I suppose that the every detail style of writing appeals to some but not to others.