I am the sum total of everything that went before me, of all I have been seen done, of everything done-to-me. I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected was affected by mine. I am anything that happens after I’m gone which would not have happened if I had not come.
Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
Midnight’s Children contains everything any reader could desire in a novel: the language is richly evocative, and the story itself is epic, straddling history and myth. The novel was my first introduction to magical realism, and I think ‘magical’ is the most fitting way to describe Rushdie’s masterpiece.
I have yet to see the film, but it looks terrific. Since it was adapted by Rushdie himself, I’m certain I won’t be disappointed!