by Salman Rushdie
Midnight's Children Literature and Writing Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Book.Chapter.Paragraph)
Smile, smile, it is your history I am keeping in my head. Once it was set down in old lost books. Once I knew where there was a grave with pierced feet carved on the tombstone, which bled once a year. Even my memory is going now; but I know, although I can't read.' Illiteracy, dismissed with a flourish; literature crumbled beneath the rage of his sweeping hand. (1.1.22)
Tai's statement pits oral histories against written ones. Which side wins?
Padma—our plump Padma—is sulking magnificently. (She can't read and, like all fish-lovers, dislikes other people knowing anything she doesn't […]). (1.2.1)
By being illiterate, Padma gets linked to Tai the boatman and his nonliterary heritage. At least she doesn't think as much as he does.