Midnight's Children Summary
Born at the stroke of midnight, at the precise moment of India's independence, Saleem Sinai is destined from birth to be special. For he is one of 1,001 children born in the midnight hour, children who all have special gifts, children with whom Saleem is telepathically linked. But there has been a terrible mix up at birth, and Saleem's life takes some unexpected twists and turns. As he grows up amidst a whirlwind of triumphs and disasters, Saleem must learn the ominous consequences of his gift, for the course of his life is inseparably linked to that of his motherland, and his every act is mirrored and magnified in the events that shape the newborn nation of India. It is a great gift, and a terrible burden.
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Winner of Booker of Bookers 1993 Winner of James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Fiction) 1981 Winner of Booker Prize for Fiction 1981 Runner-up for The BBC Big Read Top 100 2003 Short-listed for Best of the Booker 2008 Short-listed for BBC Big Read Top 100 2003
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