Second Reprint 1981 same year as original. Not price clipped and without inscriptions. Booker winner. SIGNED by Author on title page without dedication. N° de réf. du libraire
Synopsis : "An extraordinary novel . . . one of the most important to come out of the English-speaking world in this generation. [It] is to modern India what Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum is to modern Germany."-- Robert Towers, The New York Times Book Review
Packaged with French flaps, acid-free paper, and rough front.
Review: Anyone who has spent time in the developing world will know that one of Bombay's claims to fame is the enormous film industry that churns out hundreds of musical fantasies each year. The other, of course, is native son Salman Rushdie--less prolific, perhaps than Bollywood, but in his own way just as fantastical. Though Rushdie's novels lack the requisite six musical numbers that punctuate every Bombay talkie, they often share basic plot points with their cinematic counterparts. Take, for example, his 1980 Booker Prize-winning Midnight's Children: two children born at the stroke of midnight on August 15, 1947--the moment at which India became an independent nation--are switched in the hospital. The infant scion of a wealthy Muslim family is sent to be raised in a Hindu tenement, while the legitimate heir to such squalor ends up establishing squatters' rights to his unlucky hospital mate's luxurious bassinet. Switched babies are standard fare for a Hindi film, and one can't help but feel that Rushdie's world-view--and certainly his sense of the fantastical--has been shaped by the films of his childhood. But whereas the movies, while entertaining, are markedly mediocre, Midnight's Children is a masterpiece, brilliant written, wildly unpredictable, hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure.
Rushdie's narrator, Saleem Sinai, is the Hindu child raised by wealthy Muslims. Near the beginning of the novel, he informs us that he is falling apart--literally:
I mean quite simply that I have begun to crack all over like an old jug--that my poor body, singular, unlovely, buffeted by too much history, subjected to drainage above and drainage below, mutilated by doors, brained by spittoons, has started coming apart at the seams. In short, I am literally disintegrating, slowly for the moment, although there are signs of an acceleration.In light of this unfortunate physical degeneration, Saleem has decided to write his life story, and, incidentally, that of India's, before he crumbles into "(approximately) six hundred and thirty million particles of anonymous, and necessarily oblivious, dust." It seems that within one hour of midnight on India's independence day, 1,001 children were born. All of those children were endowed with special powers: some can travel through time, for example; one can change gender. Saleem's gift is telepathy, and it is via this power that he discovers the truth of his birth: that he is, in fact, the product of the illicit coupling of an Indian mother and an English father, and has usurped another's place. His gift also reveals the identities of all the other children and the fact that it is in his power to gather them for a "midnight parliament" to save the nation. To do so, however, would lay him open to that other child, christened Shiva, who has grown up to be a brutish killer. Saleem's dilemma plays out against the backdrop of the first years of independence: the partition of India and Pakistan, the ascendancy of "The Widow" Indira Gandhi, war, and, eventually, the imposition of martial law.
We've seen this mix of magical thinking and political reality before in the works of Günter Grass and Gabriel García Márquez. What sets Rushdie apart is his mad prose pyrotechnics, the exuberant acrobatics of rhyme and alliteration, pun, wordplay, proper and "Babu" English chasing each other across the page in a dizzying, exhilarating cataract of words. Rushdie can be laugh-out-loud funny, but make no mistake--this is an angry book, and its author's outrage lends his language wings. Midnight's Children is Salman Rushdie's irate, affectionate love song to his native land--not so different from a Bombay talkie, after all. --Alix Wilber
Titre : Midnight's Children SIGNED COPY
Éditeur : Jonathan Cape
Date d'édition : 1981
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : Fine
Edition : First Edition.
Description du livre Paperback. État : Good. N° de réf. du libraire TT00169711B
Description du livre Jonathan Cape Ltd 23/04/1981, 1981. Hardcover. État : Good. A few dirty marks, some fading and shelf wear on jacket. Content is fine. Book. N° de réf. du libraire 058204-10
Description du livre Hardback. État : Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. N° de réf. du libraire GOR001528444
Description du livre Hardback. État : Fair. A readable copy of the book which may include some defects such as highlighting and notes. Cover and pages may be creased and show discolouration. N° de réf. du libraire GOR001402427
Description du livre Hardback. État : Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. N° de réf. du libraire GOR001243859
Description du livre Jonathan Cape. Hardcover. État : Good. 022401823X UK BASED SELLER ALL OVERSEAS SHIPPING VIA AIRMAIL *COVER MAY DIFFER TO ONE SHOWN * ex library copy. N° de réf. du libraire FF0011236
Description du livre Jonathan Cape 1982, 5th impression, 1982. hardback reprint, large 8vo, 446pp, discreet owner's label on front endpaper, otherwise clean and tight, Very Good / Very Good dustwrapper. ISBN: 022401823X. N° de réf. du libraire 26824
Description du livre Jonathan Cape, London, England, 1982. Hard Cover. État : G. Etat de la jaquette : G. Reprint. Tanning to paper, small corner creasing, soil to the top edge, and soil/spotting to outer edges. Boards have edge/rub wear and bump wear. Price clipped DJ has edge/rub wear, foxing to flaps, fading, small tears, creasing and light soiling. Actual book for sale pictured. 16.2 x 24.2 x 4cm, wt1Kg Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. N° de réf. du libraire 022594
Description du livre Cape, London, 1981. Hard Back. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. Reprint. Third reprint 1981 (year of publication), some wear/rubbing to spine ends and corners, one or two dust-marks to edges, strain to stitching of first section (visible at title page), but binding secure, and internally the pages are clean and tight; dust-wrapper is faded/browned to the spine, but otherwise very good. Extra postage required outside Europe. N° de réf. du libraire 008543
Description du livre Jonathan Cape Ltd, London, 1981. Original Cloth. État : Very Good. Etat de la jaquette : Very Good. Third Impression. Second reprint from same year as first publication. Slight trace of pencilled price on front free endpaper and light browning to page edges. Pages otherwise clean and unmarked. The jacket has quite a bit of fading to the spine as is common with this title along with a little edge browning. N° de réf. du libraire 007987