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Another Voyage to India

Though I’ve been too busy to post recently, the book club met twice. They loved Indian Summer, and also loved the book we read for June: Sarah Gruen’s Water for Elephants.

Next up, a return to India for Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. It’s loosely patterned after the 1001 Nights, with a husband telling stories to his wife, and deals with the partition of India, which began on midnight August 15, 1947. Hence, the title. Two babies, one a wealthy Muslim, the other a poor Hindu, both born at that fatal hour, are switched in the hospital as raised by each other’s parents, leading to all sorts of fantastic intrigues, woes, and magical events. Especially after one discovers that all of the 1001 babies born at the moment of partition have special powers.