A work of magic realism and post-colonial fiction, Midnight's Children examines the after effects of India's independence from Britain through its narrator, Saleem Sinai. Saleem was born at the exact same time that the country became independent. He and other children born at the time of independence have special powers, particularly those born closest to the midnight hour. Saleem's life closely parallels the struggles of India as an independent country and the struggle between himself as an individual and as an representation of his country is what ultimately destroys him.

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