It was reading this book in 1982 that really made me want to go to India. So with the release of the movie version coming up I thought it was time to re-read it 30 years later. I have always considered it my favourite book ever, and all I can say is that after reading it again it certainly remains that way.

What can you say about it? It has everything – quirky characters, history, politics, love, supernatural happenings, amazing places, astounding plot twists, incredible language. Probably what I like about it most is how Rushdie captures such a sense of place, whether it is Bombay or the jungles of the Sundarbands, and the way places and characters are interlinked with historical events.  It will be interesting to see if a film can capture all of this too! 99/100

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