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Hard work, but intricate and rewarding!
on 29 December 2016
This is one of the most nuanced works on India and undoubtedly one of the most creative, insightful and funny novels to have been published in the 20th century. Saleem's story is beguiling at the best of times. It is a very challenging novel, but being persistent and trying to appreciate it makes for a very rewarding reading experience. This is challenging I would suggest, precisely because it confounds our normal expectations for what a novel should be. It is a highly conceptual piece of work which mirrors the complexity of multiple indentities and post-colonial reconstruction in India within the narrative itself, which weaves across different time zones in an effort to negotiate between different phases in the history of Indian to sshow how the past traditions have an enduring influence in a new nation. The history of India is tied to the history of Salem himself, a telepathic character who begins to embody India in its amazing, if slightly dizzying variety!
The prose is sublime and Rushdie has few rivals when it comes to humour . It engages with the English language in very unique ways, which testifies to the inherent pliability of the most widely spoken language. It incorporates idioms peculiar to the sub-continent in a way that appropriates a language, so saturated with the history of authority, to make it reflect the needs and character of an Indian family!