Salman Rushdie‘s 1981 masterpiece, Midnight’s Children was made into a movie. When you’re reading some books you cannot imagine how they could be movies. Especially Rushdie’s books. And not for lack of plot. Certainly not for lack of witty dialogue. Nor is there lack of heroes. No, the only reason you can’t imagine them being made into movies is because the language is so beautifully brilliant. The wordplay is inspiring. When you read Rushdie, you read a man who loves words.
But Rushdie wrote the screenplay. He rewrote the 533 pages into a two and a half hour movie. And what’s the best news after that? Rushdie himself is the narrator. So all doubts disappear. The bard has become the voice.
Almost a month ago the movie production company started an autographed book or movie poster giveaway on facebook. All you had to do was tag a friend that you would see the movie with. I did and won an autographed book!
Here I am, after work, showing off my prize to my colleagues.
Note the autograph!!
And perhaps this book is so great it deserved two photo shoots. The previous one for the original Booker prize it won in 1981 and this one here for the Booker of Booker prize it won in 2008.
I’m incredibly pleased with my prize, because as much as I love Midnight’s Children, I’m afraid I don’t know what I would do with the poster. (Much like the blow up academy award I caught at a Chuck Palahniuk reading). But they sent me the book, and so here it is, nestled in its new home with all my old books.