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Next Up: Midnight’s Children

Hey! It’s another novel written by a living author!

Midnight’s Children, published in 1981, was written by Salman Rushdie. It’s one of the more famous novels of the 20th century and has received a slew of awards.

I started this novel a month or so ago but put it on pause to read Go Set A Watchman. Now, it’s time to get back to the list.

Let’s take a look at a few quick facts about Midnight’s Children and Salman Rushdie:

  • Midnight’s Children won the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981. That’s kind of a big deal.
  • It was also awarded the “Booker of Bookers”–in other words, the best of the best–in 1993 and 2008.
  • In 1984, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi brought an action against the novel, claiming defamation. The case was settled out of court when Rushdie agreed to remove the offending sentence. We’ll look into this more in the coming weeks.
  • A film based on the novel premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.
  • Rushdie is, perhaps, most known for having written The Satanic Verses–a controversial novel in the Islamic world because what is seen to be an irreverent depiction of Muhammad.
  • In 2004, Rushdie married Padma Lakshmi–whom you might know from Top Chef fame.
  • He currently lives in New York City and is employed by Emory University in Atlanta.

Wait a minute, this guy married Padma Lakshmi?

I could write a whole post about that. Hey, maybe I will write a whole post about that!

More to come on Midnight’s Children in the coming weeks.

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11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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    August 19, 2015
  2. Oh man, I have such a love/hate/HATE relationship with Rushdie. I absolutely despised reading The Satanic Verses, and while I’ve tried reading his Enchantress of Florence, I can’t get into it – despite the writing being really wonderful. It’s a struggle.

    I hope you enjoy him more than I do! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

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    August 19, 2015
  3. I loved this book so much! I read it in a class that really put me through the wringer (post colonial theory and literature), but this book was so magnificent that it made the class worthwhile. Look forward to your opinion of it!

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    August 19, 2015
  4. Gee, sued over a sentence. Guess writers can’t get away with anything.

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    August 19, 2015
  5. I adored this book. It was a slow read for me but a very rewarding one.

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    August 20, 2015
  6. i watched this movie on HBO a while ago, and I love it!

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    August 20, 2015
  7. So much snot in this book. Literally.

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    August 20, 2015
  8. sylviemarieheroux #

    I loved this book! Rushdie captures the speech patterns really well.

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    August 21, 2015
  9. I couldn’t get through this! Gave up about halfway. Though I do remember good things…perhaps you’ll convince me to pick it up again….

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    August 24, 2015
  10. Enjoy your reading! I read this book for a class at it was a great read!

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    August 24, 2015
  11. Salman Rushdie is great author…I never find time to read his novels…

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    August 25, 2015

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