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Midnight's Children

Midnight's Children

by Salman Rushdie

Literature and Writing Quotes

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Quote #1

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?

Quote #2

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.

Quote #3

'But what is so precious,' Padma demands, her right hand slicing the air updownup in exasperation, 'to need all this writing-shiting?' (1.2.1)

Well, that should tell you how much Padma cares about writing.

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