Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children is one of those books that sat unread on my bookshelf for years and years. Admittedly, I read the first few pages several times and then put it back, finding the prose dense and difficult. It would be hard to hit a reading rhythm in the book, and given its length and my notoriously slow pace for reading, the book would require a long-term commitment, at the expense of other, shorter books, also unread on my shelf.
Well, I finally took the Midnight’s Children plunge – and while those above statements have mostly come true, the book is worth it. There are some great lines, including, “To understand just one life, you have to swallow the world” (pg. 126), and great characters, including Bano Devi:
“…the famous lady wrestler of those days, who would only wrestle men and threatened to marry anyone who beat her, as a result of which vow she never lost a bout…” (pg. 147)