While reading "Midnight's Children," I was reminded of "100 Years of Solitude." Both novels seem to have fantastical elements interweaved with realistic and historical events. For instance, we discussed the banana massacres that appear in "100 Years of Solitude," which actually occurred in Santa Marta from 1947 to 1957. Similarly, the conflict between religious factions like Muslims and Hindus discussed in "Midnight's Children" mirrors the historical violence in India.
Also, the concept of time seems to be a major theme in both novels. We talked about time as a cyclical element of life in "100 Years of Solitude," especially noting the prophecy and its implications. In Midnight's Children, time is often mentioned and prophecy appears frequently. For example, after Saleem's father discovers that his wife is pregnant with Saleem, he replies, "I told you so; it was only a matter of time." Saleem, after retelling his father’s words, makes this interesting observation of time: "... but time has been an unsteady affair, in my experience, not a thing to be relied upon. It could even be partitioned: the clocks in Pakistan would run half an hour ahead of their Indian counterparts..." (Rushdie, 86).
The unreliability of time also reminds me of Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead," especially when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern converse about memory in their question games. What do you all think about the concept of time in these novels, as well as other pieces of literature we have studied? What else do “Midnight’s Children” and “100 Years of Solitude” have in common?