"If you're lucky enough to have even one book gets into people's consciousness in that way then its fortunate, and the fact that that book (Midnight's Children ... 27 years after it was published is still interesting to people, I'm very proud of that."
Salman Rushdie discusses his knighthood on a short, taped interview with the BBC News.
Meanwhile, Rushdie's new book, The Enchantress of Florence, was reviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer during the week. Reviewer Carlin Romano had this to say:
In some ways, "Enchantress" launches a successor style to now-passe magic realism -- call it sardonic exoticism. On top of Rushdie's customary wryness (one perk in Akbar's water-park capital is "the best of all possible pools"), Rushdie takes Rabelasian risks here that will please all serious readers: those who expect sentences, and not just plots, to surprise them.