The Group Read for Salmon Rushdie's Midnight's Children has officially begun. This will be an extremely slow and flexible read-along covering more or less 130 pages a month. On the last day of each month, we post our reading response to each part.
March 31 — Book One
April 30 — Book Two (Part A ending with ‘Alpha and Omega’)
May 31 – Book Two (Part B starting with ‘The Kolynos Kid’)
June 30 — Book Three
What do we mean by slow and flexible? Midnight's Children isn't an easy read so to those participating please feel free to join in at your own pace. There's no need to follow the above schedule which just serves as a guideline.Personally, I'm not sure myself if I'll be able to read as much as the rest due to unexpected travel plans this month and in April. If you are interested then please sign up at either Arti’s blog and Bellezza’s blog and do check out other participants’ links as well.
Midnight's Children won the Man Booker Prize in 1981 and then went on to win the Booker of Bookers in 1993, which commemorated the awards 25th anniversary. The latter award was given after the public voted from a selected shortlist.
The synopsis from the Amazon website:
Saleem Sinai is born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947, the very moment of India’s independence. Greeted by fireworks displays, cheering crowds, and Prime Minister Nehru himself, 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.