Haroun and the Sea of Stories
A captivating fantasy novel for readers of all ages, by the author of Midnight's Children and The Satanic Verses
"This is, simply put, a book for anyone who loves a good story. It's also a work of literary genius." --Stephen King
Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, The Arabian Nights, and The Wizard of Oz. Twelve-year-old Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore his father's gift of storytelling by reviving the poisoned Sea of Stories. On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers.
In this wondrously delightful story, Salman Rushdie gives us an imaginative work of extraordinary power and endearing humor that is, at its heart, an illumination of the necessity of storytelling in our lives.
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Rashid the storyteller had always been incapable of inventing stories about
himself , so he answered truthfully : ' Sir , not so . This is an affair of the heart . '
Why did you tell him that ? Haroun thought fiercely , but Snooty Buttoo was
delighted by ...
Anybody can tell stories , ' Iff replied . ' Liars , and cheats , and crooks , for
example . But for stories with that Extra Ingredient , ah , for those , even the best
storytellers need the Story Waters . Storytelling needs fuel , just like a car ; and if
I always thought storytelling was like juggling , ' he finally found the voice to say . '
You keep a lot of different tales in the air , and juggle them up and down , and if
you ' re good you don ' t drop any . So maybe juggling is a kind of storytelling ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juniperSun - LibraryThing
Not my style, but I think it would appeal to pre-teen boys. An imaginative journey by a young boy who wants to help his father. Full of puns, silly names, and a non-violent army fighting a polluted ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - tungsten_peerts - LibraryThing
There's a lot to enjoy here (for a short book) but in the end I can't say I loved it. I liked it; it was diverting; I'd recommend it happily to others. This has a bit of wish-dream or deus ex machina ... Read full review