Check out my Midnight’s Children book summary and review  that I created to help you understand the basics of this great book. Midnight's Children (original English title, Midnight's Children) is a 1980 book by Salman Rushdie dealing with India's transition from British colonialism to independence and the partition of British India.

Midnight’s Children book


 It is considered an example of post-colonial literature and magical realism. The story is told by its main protagonist, Saleem Sinai, and is set in the context of true historical events and historical fiction.

Midnight's Children won the Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1981. It was recognized with the "Booker of Bookers" award and the Best Winner of All Time award in 1993 and 2008 to commemorate 25 anniversaries. and 40 for the Booker Prize.12 In 2003, the novel was included in the BBC's The Big Read poll.3 It was also added to the list of Great Books of the 20th Century, published by Penguin Books.

Midnight’s Children book summary

The novel is an allegory of events in India. The protagonist and narrator of the story is Saleem Sinai, born at the exact moment when India becomes an independent country. He was born with telepathic powers.

The novel is divided into three books:

Saleem's story begins in Kashmir, thirty-two years before his birthday, in 1915, with his family, particularly with the events leading to the independence and partition of India. Saleem is born precisely at midnight on August 15, 1947, at the moment when India becomes independent.

 It is then discovered that all children born in India between twelve and one in the morning on that date are imbued with special powers. Saleem, using his telepathic powers, organizes a Midnight Sons conference, reflecting on the problems that India as a state faced for the first time,

 all related to the cultural, linguistic, religious and political differences found in one nation. very diverse. Saleem acts as a telepathic conduit, connecting hundreds of geographically dispersed children as he tries to discover the meanings of his special powers. Shiva and Parvati are two of these children with notable roles in Saleem's story.

Meanwhile, Saleem's family begins a series of migrations, stemming from the many wars raging across the subcontinent. Saleem loses his memory and his telepathic powers in an operation. During this time, he also suffers from amnesia until he goes into exile in the Sundarbans jungle,

 where he regains all of his memory. He became involved in the protests against the "cleansing" of the Jama Masjid neighborhood and the emergency proclamation period (from 1975 to 1977). For a time, Saleem was a political prisoner.

The emergency signal is the end of the force of the children of midnight. On the day of his thirty-first birthday, Saleem decides to marry Padma, the same day as the thirty-first anniversary of India's independence. In the end, he writes a chronicle: of a young nation with his son in mind.

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