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fundamental point

I once gave a reading to a gathering of university students in
Delhi and when I'd finished a young woman put up her hand.
'Mr Rushdie, I read through your novel, Midnight's 
Children,' she said. 'It is a very long book, but never mind, I 
read it through. And the question I want to ask you is this: 
fundamentally, what's your point?'
  Before I could attempt an answer, she spoke again, 'Oh, I
know what you're going to say. You're going to say the 
whole effort - from cover to cover - that is the point of the
exercise. Isn't that what you were going to say?'.
  'Something like that, perhaps...' I got out.
  She snorted. 'It won't do.'
  'Please,' I begged, 'do I have to have just one point?'
'Fundamentally,' She said, with impressive firmness, 'Yes'.

  -- The Vintage Book of Indian Writing 1947 - 1997 --- 
  -- Edited by Salman Rushdie and Elizabeth West
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