02. Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie (SOLD OUT)


Every so often I bump into a book that becomes a dear friend. On a rare occasion a rare book becomes my lover. Midnight’s Children is such a book. I would like to introduce you. I’ll let the book’s back cover do the work:

“Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Saleem grows up to learn the ominous consequences of this coincidence. His every act is mirrored and magnified in events that sway the course of national affairs; his health and well-being are inextricably bound to those of his nation; his life is inseparable, at times indistinguishable, from the history of his country. Perhaps most remarkable are the telepathic powers linking him with India’s 1,000 other “midnight’s children,” all born in that initial hour and endowed with magical gifts.”

This novel is at once a fascinating family saga and an astonishing evocation of a vast land and its people – a brilliant incarnation of the universal human comedy. Thirty years after its publication, Midnight’s Children stands apart as both an epochal work of fiction and a brilliant performance by one of the great literary voices of our time.

India is a cat of a country. She is ineffable, deep, inscrutable, and singular. India is a mystery and this mystery intrigues me deeply. Come with me. Come read Midnight’s Children. Let’s talk about it. I can think of no better way to take you to the subcontinent short of putting you on a plane.

“What’s real and what’s true aren’t necessarily the same.”

– Salman Rushdie, Midnight’s Children


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Gary Schoepfel is a forever student, novice hockey player, chess enthusiast, kayaker, former stage actor, reasonably good listener, husband of 38 years, faculty member at Harrison Middleton University,
a close reader, Classical Pursuits international traveller, and ex-VP of the Great Books Foundation.

Participants are required to obtain the specified editions in order to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion.

The editions in the US and Canada are slightly different. Either one will do.

Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie, (Vintage Canada, 1997)

Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2006)
ISBN-13: 978-0812976533

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