Haroun and the Sea of StoriesBook - 1991
Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings , The Alchemist , and The Wizard of Oz . In this captivating work of fantasy from the author of Midnight's Children and The Enchantress of Florence , Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the sea of stories. On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers.
"Though there is darkness and silence at the center of Chup, most of Haroun and the Sea of Stories is full of comic energy and lively verbal invention. . . .Though [the book] is sure to be enjoyed by children, it also contains amusements for adults." -- The New York Times
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An adventure originally written by Rushdie for his son, who had chastised his father for not writing more books for children, "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" takes place in a land of visual surprises and talking animals, and is comparable to the whimsy, fantastic creatures and sly wit o... Read More »
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Haroun...looked into the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of one another like a liquid tapestry of breathtaking complexity... these were the Streams of Story... each coloured strand represented and contained a single tale. Different parts of the Ocean contained different sorts of stories, and as all the stories that had ever been told and many that were still in the process of being invented could be found here, the Ocean of the Streams of Story was in fact the biggest library in the Universe...
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