by Vishaal S Shah
on Jul 21st, 2008

Midnight’s Children wins hearts again!

Sir Salman RushdieSir Salman Rushdie’s ‘Midnight’s Children’ has done it again! It has won the prestigious ‘40-year Best of Booker Prize’ award. Considered one of the most important works of the modern age, this brilliant literary work has convincingly beat five other shortlisted works from the competition’s 40-year-old history.

And what makes this award even more special for the book is that it has received the ultimate accolade this time — the public’s vote. An online poll conducted saw readers pouring in their votes via internet and sms, casting a total of 36% majority win for Rushdie. Incidentally, it seems at least half of the voters were under the age of 35 – a reflection of the ongoing interest in quality fiction amongst younger generation.

This epic story set against the Partition of India is a literary book that each generation takes to its heart. A novel that challenges our understanding of history and nationhood. And a masterpiece that seems so relevant even today to people who were not even born when it was written.

Amazingly, this book has been fêted by the literary world for nearly three decades. Published in 1981, it won Rushdie literary fame for the first time with the 1981 Booker prize. Previously too, it was awarded the 1993 ‘25-year Booker of the Bookers’ prize.

In an age where reading seems to have taken a quiet backseat to technology, this award is a definitive sign that the love for real literature is timeless.

Related Links:

Midnight’s Children on Amazon

Salman Rushdie

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