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70 years since partition: Midnight's Children

Discussion in 'Book club' started by sparkleghirl, Aug 15, 2017.

  1. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Over the course of today Radio4 is playing, in 7 installments, a drama adaptation of Mindight's Children by Salman Rushdie.

    I confess I haven't read it - I remember the controversy about it but a family member who had read it before all of that kicked off had said it wasn't worth the fuss so I never bothered.

    I heard a bit of the first episode this morning but I just know I won't hear them all today, so will wait and listen to them on iplayer once they're all available.

    It's here for those who are interested http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0909rxg
  2. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    I enjoyed reading this years ago and might give it another go. I think it was Satanic Verses that caused the fatwah controversy while Midnights Children got the Booker. I enjoyed what I heard this morning - the juxtaposition of farce, horror and love stories is wonderful.
  3. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    Of course it was! Thank you! That was a doubt this morning but I couldn't remember the name of the Satanic verses and so convinced myself if was Midnight's Children.
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  4. peggylu

    peggylu Star commenter

    I didn't like Midnight's Children. I do wonder if I should read it again though as I was young the first time around, about 18 I think, maybe older me would get more out of it.
  5. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    Ah peggylu, our first disagreement lol! I read it a long time ago, too, but I really rated it. I'd give it another go if i were you.
    I've just remembered it's about different children born on the midnight of partition, and what happens to them, isn't it? I can only remember otherwise that I finished it, and honestly I don't usually bother if something is utter rubbish (ie to me...a very subjective thing!)
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  6. peggylu

    peggylu Star commenter

    I know @galerider123 you are absolutely right. It's one of those books you're supposed to like too. I will give it another go, see if I've matured enough to appreciate it a bit more.
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  7. galerider123

    galerider123 Lead commenter

    Don't read it unless you want to! Life is too short!
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