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Midnight's children.... anyone actually enjoy this?

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InsaneDame Sun 03-Jul-16 09:51:48

I'm halfway through but it has taken me ages to get that far! I'm so close to giving up but my stubbornness won't let me. I hate his style of writing and the meandering and flitting around. Did he actually write this for a reader to enjoy? Am I missing the point entirely??

mysteryfairy Sun 03-Jul-16 09:59:15

It's one of my all time favourite novels. I think I being quite familiar with India helped - I do know others who found it very inaccessible

DoreenLethal Sun 03-Jul-16 10:48:47

Loved it. Love his writing. If you don't like it then stop!

alphaechokiwi Sun 03-Jul-16 10:54:32

Hated it. Worst book I ever read.

LadyStarkOfWinterfell Sun 03-Jul-16 10:55:41

I read it as a teenager and enjoyed it. I suspect I wouldn't now, my tastes are less highbrow than they used to be

dun1urkin Sun 03-Jul-16 11:05:07

I loved it, but listened to the audio version rather than read it. I prefer audiobooks, and think that listening can help make 'hard' books easier.

Also, there is nothing lovelier (to me) than a rainy Sunday afternoon with a jigsaw and an audiobook grin

cosytoaster Sun 03-Jul-16 11:05:15

This has brought back memories; my boyfriend from uni was reading this book throughout the whole of our relationship, we went out for two years and he still hadn't finished it when we split up. It's put me off ever trying with it!

StandoutMop Sun 03-Jul-16 12:18:10

I remember liking it when I read it as a student, but I remember very little about it now. It's the only Rushdie I have ever read, so it obviously didn't spark the desire to read more of his work.

Pemba Sun 03-Jul-16 15:59:17

I really enjoyed it when I read it 20+ years ago. I have gone on to read some of his others, including the famous 'Satanic Verses'. I like his style of writing 'magic realism' wasn't it called?

BitOutOfPractice Sun 03-Jul-16 16:00:40

Exactly what ladyStark said. I loved it as a teen / student but I suspect I might find it heavy going now

SatsukiKusakabe Wed 06-Jul-16 20:39:20

I found some of it funny and interesting but overall, no, I didn't enjoy it. I like magical realism, like books set in other cultures and that take in history, politics and religion, but I very quickly had enough of the radio receiver nose business and found it a slog. I read a couple more of his (studied him at uni) but actually can't remember a thing about either of them now, even the titles.

Cooroo Sun 10-Jul-16 16:27:52

Loved it back when I read it in the 70s. And loved Satanic Verses even more. Since then I've been a bit disappointed.

Backingvocals Thu 14-Jul-16 19:37:40

I've literally never managed to get beyond the first page blush

I keep picking it up with high hopes which fizzle out almost immediately.

DoreenLethal Thu 14-Jul-16 20:16:09

Loved it back when I read it in the 70s

It was published in 1981.

Cooroo Fri 15-Jul-16 06:39:29

Oops sorry! Memory going. Yes I was living in uni city but must have read it after I graduated! Loved it though. Maybe not wise to return?

InsaneDame Fri 15-Jul-16 07:29:35

I'm the OP and I've only read about 3 more pages since I posted! It's getting me annoyed as I normally devour books and would have one this size done and dusted within a week (children and work allowing!) I'm going to plough on though. Doesn't help that is a library book so under pressure to get it returned!

OhTheRoses Fri 15-Jul-16 07:36:21

I read half of it and it was hard work. I was heavily pregnant and due in January and there was a resonance. Then the baby arrived and replaced the book.

I know more about partition now and the Muslim/Hindi divide so it might make more sense.

From what I remember it charted the journey of two boys born either side of partition on 1 Jan 47 and drew in a parallel between the two years and the two countries and how lives would play out against the upheaval. May have remembered that totally wrong.

Worth a reread in the context of ISIS I think.

MaterofDragons Fri 15-Jul-16 07:45:38

I enjoyed reading midnight's children and like others went on to read more of his. I particularly enjoyed The satanic verses (eventually) and The Moor's Last Sigh.

Pretty sure I would find them hard going now.

lionheart Fri 15-Jul-16 07:47:18

It's post-modern isn't it? Actually, I think Rushdie needs an editor to stand up to him and eradicate his showy off say the same thing in 23 different ways tendency.

flamingnoravera Fri 15-Jul-16 08:04:48

I read it in India 30 years ago and loved it. I think you may need to have some knowledge of Indian culture and just "indianness" to really get into it.

Roomba Fri 15-Jul-16 08:05:41

I loved it, despite knowing next to nothing about partition etc. when I started reading it.

I've never managed to finish another Rushdie novel though. I really struggle with them and it's not like me to not finish a book!

SatsukiKusakabe Fri 15-Jul-16 09:56:31

I think the repetition is all part of the effect he is trying to create though. He's one if those authors where I can appreciate what he's doing, without particularly enjoying the overall effect. I did learn a lot about India and the partition though.

materof dragons The Moor's Last Sigh! That was another one I read. I looked it up on wiki just now and though I was nodding along in recognition of the plot, it had completely vanished from my memory. I actually can't recall if I read the Satanic Verses or not blush I read a lot around the subject, can picture the cover vividly and know I wrote an essay on Rushdie so think maybe I must have. There was lots in them to get stuck into.

So I think I admire and appreciate Salman Rushdie much more than I like the experience of reading him, but 2 out of 3 ain't bad (Meatloaf, now there's a storyteller grin)

misskelly Fri 15-Jul-16 15:24:46

I read this book years ago whilst travelling through India and absolutely loved it. I think being there made the book more understandable, might give it another go to see if I still like it.

museumum Fri 15-Jul-16 15:28:37

I loved it. I had been to India and read a lot of other India-set books first though.

ThursdayNextIsMyHero Fri 15-Jul-16 15:29:35

I enjoyed it whilst actually reading it, but have never managed to read more than half of the book. I've started again several times but never got any further, not really sure why. I love Haroun and the Sea of Stories but that's the only other one of his books that I've read

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