Three of Rushdie books sit now in my pile waiting for the right moment to be picked up, except the moment hasn’t come for 2 years. Perhaps now is the time.
I am curious about this novel because it has been honoured as Best of the Booker and it will be adapted to the big screen soon. As much as I want to read it but I am afraid of the tedium or frustration that might set in if I were to read this alone.
So I need a push, I need some company….
The idea was first conceived between Wilfrid and I. Wilfrid is a computer engineer, a photographer, a guitarist who sings and plays live gigs and also an an avid reader. I also have Mel U of Reading Life, Adrian of Reading Monk, Bina of “If you can read this” and Vishy of Vishy’s Blog with me, which are all very voracious readers and writes beautiful reviews; in one way or another need some encouragement to read Midnight’s Children too. In a circle of friends with such passions and dedication, you will be in good company for this read-along!
So here’s the plan:
We’ll begin on the 12th November, Friday (Greenwich time) and ends on the 12th December, Sunday.
At the beginning of each weekend, I will post a weekly post with book-club discussion questions and you can post your thoughts and discussion about what you read throughout the week. It is absolutely fine if you don’t have a blog, just paste your reviews and your thoughts on the comments box or if you have a blog, send me a link to your blog post.
On the following weekend, I’ll do a quick wrap-up post on everyone’s and my progress.
At the end of the challenge, I’ll post a short quiz about the novel and you can show off your great memory skill and see how many of the questions you have got it right (without resorting to cheating or referring to the novel, that is!).
An introduction about the book:
Midnight’s Children won both the 1981 Booker Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for the same year. It was awarded the “Booker of Bookers” Prize and the best all-time prize winners in 1993 and 2008 to celebrate the Booker Prize 25th and 40th anniversary. Midnight’s Children is also the only Indian novel on Time’s list of the 100 best English-language novels since its founding in 1923.
Midnight’s Children is a 1981 book by Salman Rushdie about India’s transition from British colonialism to independence. It is considered an example of postcolonial literature and magical realism. The story is expressed through various characters and is contexted by actual historical events as with historical fiction.
Noted director Deepa Mehta is working on the forthcoming film Midnight’s Children and is collaborating on the screenplay with Rushdie. The casting is still in progress. Mehta has stated that production will begin in September, 2010. (Source: Wikipedia)
The production begins this month. So what are you waiting for? Beg, steal or borrow a copy of Midnight Children and come read along with me this November!! 😉
Here’s the participants list again (in order of sign-up):
Sign up now and I’ll add you in!
I’ll be sending reminders around early November to make sure you are geared up for this!
This post is published simultaneously in www.readingmonk.com.