We’re off to good start. This past Monday, 26 September, saw six of us discussing the summer read, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. The premise of this book is certainly an interesting one – the birth of the main character and narrator coincides with the independence of India, and the partitioning into two countries, India and Pakistan.
Rushdie’s novel falls into the genre of magical realism (the book has been compared to Garcia Marquez’s A Hundred Years of Solitude, with respect to that). It is thus that all the children born within the hour after the birth of India (1001, to be exact, one of many references to the Arabian Nights, though only 581 are still alive by the age of ten) have special powers.
I won’t attempt to even summarize the plot, but if you paid close attention to my previous sentence, you will notice how it digresses more than once. This is probably the main problem I had while reading the book – the digressions made it hard for me to follow the plot at times.
All in all it was an interesting but tough read. Make sure you have some time on your hands if you haven’t read it and wish to do so. It is a read that I probably would not have chosen on my own. However, I think it is one of many pleasures of a book club, to read outside of one’s comfort zone. As usual, we had a fun time discussing the book and other topics.
24 October Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford
21 November Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
19 December up for discussion
Please note our next meetings this term are not on the last Monday of the month. 31 October is school-free, so we decided not to have it that day, since people might opt for a long holiday with All Saint’s Day on 1 Nov. I then decided on 4 week intervals, because the December meeting is always early due to the holidays. I hope this suits everyone.
See you next month, and happy reading!