Before Salman Rushdie had that problem with a certain religious-political figure with a serious need to chill out, he'd already shown he was an important literary force. Quite simply, Midnight's Children
is amazing--fun, beautiful, erudite, both fairy tale and political narrative told through a supernatural narrator who is caught between different worlds. Though it's a big book, with big themes of India's nationhood and of ethnic and personal identity, it's far from a dry history lesson. Rushdie tells the story in his own brand of magical realism, with a prose of lyrical, transcendent goofiness.
"'Salman Rushdie has earned the right to be called one of our great storytellers.' Observer
"'Huge, vital, engrossing... in all senses a fantastic book.' Sunday Times
"'The literary map of India has been redrawn... Midnight's Children
sounds like a country finding its voice.' New York Times
"'A brilliant and endearing novel.' London Review of Books