Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Midnight's Children, pt. 3- Final Thoughts

Finally through this thing. Sometimes I feel like I'm too busy for my own good, but at other times being this busy makes me feel like superman. Thats the trade off, I guess.

Unfortunately, being done with this book hasn't brought a whole lot of new insight from the last time. I still feel that the book is absolutely incredible, and one of the better books I have ever read, but not for anything new. The arc of modern India trampling over the country's rich history and a flood of lives completely enveloping the individual as a theme really came to light in the last parts of the book, but again thats not really all that new. These ideas were present throughout the book, with Saleem literally falling apart as the book moved on and a fear of being trampled by numbers reoccurred numerous times.

And while I don't have anything new to say, I really can't say enough about the novel. This really has been one of those reading experiences where I somehow get out of breath silently reading to myself and often have to fight the urge to jump out of my chair and chuck the book across the room. I wish I could say why or find a quote or something, but the incredible fractured nature of the book is completely useless without the whole. This really is a novel about modern society- absolutely nothing in isolation makes sense or even exists. Everything is connected and nothing escapes. From the jammed up sentences to the structure to the story to the characters to everything. This is what literature can be.

Now that I got to read something I loved, lets see what disappointment waits around the corner...

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