This book follows several characters and generations whose lives intertwine in mid-twentieth century Pakistan. It took me a while to get into this book; the first couple of chapters were pretty slow and light on dialog while they introduced the oldest generation of characters. Once I got into the characters, the book became much more interesting and the pace picked up a lot. I really liked the author's ability to paint scenes with his words - he has the ability to make the reader feel like you're in the story, so you can see 'Nishapur' or the C-in-C's house. His ability to write interesting and compelling characters is also evident in this book. Each character is unique and you never feel like there are too many people or have trouble keeping track of who's who.I really liked this book and I'm looking forward to reading more of Salman Rushdie's work.