My hubby had been trying to get me to read this book for ages but the summary plot 'a man's life intertwined with the partition of Pakistan and India' didn't really appeal.
However, once I'd got into the book (which took about 50 pages), I was gripped. The book is brilliantly written, Salman's style challenging at the same time somehow being easy-to-read.
The historical background of partition threads its way through the life of the main character but it doesn't feel like a history lesson. The story twists and turns in unexpected ways with a themes of magic as well as religion running through.
Don't be put off by the length or intensity of the book. It's an amazing story that will stay with you long after you've finished it. There's a very good reason why this book has won the critic's Booker of Bookers and the recent public's award too!