Tuesday, November 23, 2010

On the 29th day of Christmas, Babbitt's Books gave to me . . .

. . . a signed copy of Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, the third printing of the 1995 Everyman's Library edition. 

Midnight's Children, which won the Man Booker Prize in 1981, follows the story of Saleem Sinai, who is born on the day that India gains independence from the British Empire--and has telepathic powers as a result. The novel is a compelling mix of post-colonialism, historical fiction and magical realism. 

What makes it a good Christmas present? (Apart from the fact that it's a damn good book signed by Salman Rushdie, of course.)

For one, it's in very good condition, as you can see for yourself.

It looks like it was just plucked from the shelves of Barnes & Noble or Borders yesterday. And at $75, it costs what you would pay for two-and-a-half new hardcover books at Borders. The dust jacket is included, and is in similar very good shape. If you have a Rushdie fan or a collector of modern signed editions on your list, this book is a perfect fit. 

(Excuse the reflection; the dust jacket is wrapped in a clear Brodart jacket for extra protection!)

Title: Midnight's Children
Publisher: Everyman's Library 
Year: 1995
Features: Signed by Author
Condition: Very Good
Price: $75

You might also like this other Rushdie book, which is currently in stock:

Title: Step Across This Line: Collected Nonfiction 1992-2002
Publisher: Random House
Year: 2002
Features: First Edition Hardcover with Dust Jacket
Condition: Very Good
Price: $4


  1. I've never read Rushdie, and yet I covet this book. What is up with that?

  2. My amazing skills of writing and marketing, maybe?


    Or more than likely, the fact that Rushdie is awesome.