This novel is about a child born at midnight 1947 on India's independence day from Britain. The book follows his life (and India) into the modern age.
"Snakes can lead to triumph, just as ladders can be descended: my grandfather, knowing I would die anyway, administered the cobra poison. The family stood and watched while poison spread through the child's body...and six hours later, my temperature had returned to normal."
from Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, Book II, p.189
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