Sunday, April 30, 2006

Revisiting Midnight's Children

25 years on, Salman Rushdie reflects on his most enduring work Midnight's Children.

4 comments:

Rashmi said...

Thanks. It was nice to read Rushdie's column - simple and clear and with no pretensions whatsoever.

Hari said...

I agree: usually Rushdie's prose is so full of energy and wordplay (at least in his novels) that his column comes across as subdued.

k.r.a.k.t.i.k said...

Hmm I tried getting through Midnight's Children once - for some reason, never could bring myself to go beyond a certain point.

I suppose its just that I don't really identify with Salim's India - Rushdie's India. After all, I'm not really (that) midnight's child either.

Hari said...

Kraktik: I agree. Rushdie wrote his book at a different time and the concerns of the time were different. I just am stunned by the style in his sentences, but then, after a while, one feels it's too much exagerration, and tends actually to obscure things.