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This review is from: Midnight's Children (Paperback)
Midnight's Children dances and somersaults through the English language with whirling metaphors as skillfully as its character toward the end of the book, Picture Singh, dubbed "the Most Charming Man in the World" (he's a snake charmer, you see). If the reader doesn't read every word (this book not recommended for Evelyn Woods graduates), all the intricate metaphoric strands will be for naught. Yet the pungent humor keeps the reader alert and fills the pallet (each chapter is referred to as a different flavor of pickle) with crackling tastes and smells that light up the nervous system. As an autobiography, we know he has exaggerated one or two situations, but the child eventually becomes a man and Rushdie's vision of India, Pakistan and Bangledesh unfold with the clearest of insights. Probably the most "must-read" piece of modern fiction since Catch-22.