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Els Fills de la mitjanit (1981)

de Salman Rushdie

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13,989245421 (4.04)1 / 1018
The iconic masterpiece of India that introduced the world to "a glittering novelist--one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling" (The New Yorker) WINNER OF THE BEST OF THE BOOKERS * SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES   Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time * The twenty-fifth anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction by the author Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India's 1,000 other "midnight's children," all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people-a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight' s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.… (més)
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    Cent anys de solitud de Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Nickelini)
  2. 71
    El déu de les coses petites de Arundhati Roy (GoST)
  3. 61
    El Timbal de llauna de Günter Grass (GabrielF, CGlanovsky)
    GabrielF: I think Rushdie based a lot of his style in Midnight's Children on The Tin Drum. Both books are historical epics told through the perspective of a child with strange powers.
    CGlanovsky: A boy bound to the destiny of his birthplace. Surreal elements.
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    The Satanic Verses de Salman Rushdie (BGP)
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    Train to Pakistan de Khushwant Singh (pamelad)
    pamelad: Also set during Partition.
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    El mestre i Margarida de Mikhail Bulgakov (BGP)
  7. 10
    Kim de Rudyard Kipling (Gregorio_Roth)
    Gregorio_Roth: The book is a modern interpretation of KIM in a number of ways. I think it will complete your point of view on Imperialism and India.
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    Un equilibri perfecte de Rohinton Mistry (Cecrow)
  9. 11
    The Moor's Last Sigh de Salman Rushdie (wrmjr66)
    wrmjr66: I think The Moor's Last Sigh is Rushdie's best book since Midnight's Children.
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    Island of a Thousand Mirrors de Nayomi Munaweera (evilmoose)
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    La casa de los espíritus de Isabel Allende (amyblue)
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Overview:
There are children born to time. Born on midnight. The day that India became independent. Born to such an event has shackled them to history. A destiny awaits them all. Born to such a lineage has given them power. These children have different powers, and not all the powers are wanted. The children do not know their siblings, but create a conference for the children of midnight. Using their power inspired change, but they were confused about the morality of their decisions.

This is a story of magical realism. In which reality is relative to perspective. Reality itself becomes an illusion. A child of midnight is writing down the memory of the children. Before the writer vanishes into dust. Acknowledging that memory creates its own version of events. This is a book steeped into the cultural traditions of India. To not forget the cultural heritage.

Caveats?
The book can be difficult to read. There is a quick transition between events, topics, and ideas that can be hard to follow.

The book has references and itself is a combination of various popular stories. Following their narrative structure. An extra layer of value is provided for those who already read the referenced books. ( )
  Eugene_Kernes | Jun 4, 2024 |
The literary map of India has to be redrawn... 'Midnight's Children' sounds like a continent finding its voice. ( )
  Rasaily | May 8, 2024 |
Saleem Sinai is born at the very stroke of midnight on the first day of India’s Independence from British rule. But he is only one of 1,000 other children born in the first hour of India’s freedom. And all of the children are gifted with supernatural powers, Saleem with a telepathic power to connect with and channel each of his brothers and sisters of freedom. Saleem’s life, his family’s history, and the lives of [Midnight’s Children] mirror the turbulent story of India.

I would never have ever picked up a Salman Rushdie book if not for the 100 best lists that I have been reading through over the years. Rushdie is such a polarizing figure, with a jihadist bounty on his head for offending an Ayatollah, he grinds through wives and women and is always ready to comment on anything to anyone. For example, the top search result for him just this minute is the following quote:
The world is full of things that upset people. But most of us deal with it and move on and don’t try and burn the planet down. There is no right in the world not to be offended. That right simply doesn’t exist. In a free society, an open society, people have strong opinions, and these opinions very often clash. In a democracy, we have to learn to deal with this.
Whether he offends you or not, and he’s offended many, Rushdie is a master and I’m glad I didn’t miss this book.

Told in a sort of rabbit-trail stream of consciousness, the narrative begins by telling Saleem’s family history first, beginning with his grandparents. Gazing at the past through a long lens in this way, Rushdie is able to ground his message of interconnectedness – who we are is a derivation of all our ancestral history and every event, no matter how insignificant, that plays a part in any life. Languid in its pace, the story never rushes to any conclusion or climax – our narrator, the hero of the story, is not even born until well after the first 100 pages of the book. Every detail of each character’s life and motivation is pondered on and explored. And the result is a rich, succulent epic that is never tiresome.

[Midnight’s Children] has been categorized as a magical realism story – one that blends the magical with the real. Whether that is an accurate characterization depends on your view of Saleem’s narrative, as he repeatedly admits to being an unreliable narrator. Is Saleem telling the truth about the powers of his compatriots and the mystical events that often plague him? Or is he processing the tragic and difficult history of his home with the fantastical to make it more palatable. Saleem would simply say, “It happened that way because that’s how it happened.”

Don’t be frightened by Rushdie’s polarizing personality. [Midnight’s Children] is a good old-fashioned story-telling. There are political and social implications to the story, but Rushdie doesn’t force an agenda, he just tells Saleem’s story. And don’t be put-off by the cultural milieu of this story. Unless you’re from India or are a scholar on Indian history, there will be much in the book that is strange and indecipherable. But the history and culture are not important; they are simply different colors or tastes in a familiar and common story.

Bottom Line: A rich epic of India, but also just a good-old fashioned well-told story, recognizable to anyone, anywhere.

5 bones!!!!!
A Favorite for the Year. ( )
1 vota blackdogbooks | Apr 27, 2024 |
Rushdie is a genius. This is his finest book. Six stars. ( )
  ben_r47 | Feb 22, 2024 |
Chosen as the Booker Prize winner of all Booker Prize winners. Magical realism in India and Pakistan. Not for me, for some reason. It took me forever to read this. ( )
  markm2315 | Jul 1, 2023 |
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Midnight's Children is a teeming fable of postcolonial India, told in magical-realist fashion by a telepathic hero born at the stroke of midnight on the day the country became independent. First published in 1981, it was met with little immediate excitement.
afegit per mikeg2 | editaThe Guardian, Lindesay Irvine (Jul 10, 2008)
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Rushdie, Salmanautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Capriolo, EttoreTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Davidson, AndrewAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Desai, AnitaIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gomes, Manuel JoãoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gregory, LyndamNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Häilä, ArtoTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Howard, IanAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schuchart, MaxTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Versluys, MarijkeEditorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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The iconic masterpiece of India that introduced the world to "a glittering novelist--one with startling imaginative and intellectual resources, a master of perpetual storytelling" (The New Yorker) WINNER OF THE BEST OF THE BOOKERS * SOON TO BE A NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES   Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time * The twenty-fifth anniversary edition, featuring a new introduction by the author Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India's independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India's 1,000 other "midnight's children," all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts. This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people-a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Twenty-five years after its publication, Midnight' s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

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