Yet again, another Wednesday of "Why I Love", a meme hosted by Alexis at Reflections of a Bookaholic. This week's theme is Favorite Chunksters. I'll be honest, I'd never heard this term in reference to books until I read Alexis' post for today. Evidently, a "chunkster" is a hefty/thick/dense/long book. Well, I've read a few of those and have several that I list among my favorite books; namely Gone with the Wind, the later books in the Harry Potter series (I wouldn't consider the first three "chunksters"), Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, and others.
But for today's favorite "chunkster", I'm going with Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, which I read as a senior in college. It was the only book we read the entire term (three months), though we did read critical theory and other supplemental materials in addition to this book. It's an incredibly dense book that requires many things to finish: concentration, comprehension, differentiation between characters, and frequent breaks for digestion. Despite some of these factors, I absolutely fell in love with this book.
Midnight's Children follows the lives of several children in India who happened to be born at the stroke of midnight on the day India was declared an independent nation from Great Britain. But these children aren't any ordinary children; they all possess some form of a special trait or power that makes each of them unique from each other and from their respective families. What ensues is the struggle for these children to assert their individual identities and the identity of an entire nation, both of which are intertwined with each other. There are definite struggles and it's beautifully written with rich characters and scenery. Definitely worth the devotion that you have to give this book in order to finish it. Plus, Salman Rushdie is a pretty interesting character...
Happy Wednesday All :)