Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

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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.
Publisher: London : Granta Books in association with Penguin Books, 1991
ISBN: 9780140157376
Branch Call Number: YA RUSHDIE
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 20 cm


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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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Jul 26, 2017

I think C. S. Lewis would have liked this book.

May 20, 2016

At 50, I'm still a child. I flowed through this book, adventure, with ease of spirit. Mr. Rushdie provided a respite from many a book of the norm in language. I found it playful and mindful. I'll read it again some time down the stream.
The wordplay brings me back to Norton Juster's 1961 "The Phantom Tollbooth", technically a "childrens" book, phooey!.
Let us not lose our exploration, discovery, excitement, open-mindedness, and playfulness.
I give Mr. Rushdie the stars, all of them on this book.

Nov 23, 2015

Was this book written for teens or children? Really? B2C2C - book too complicated to comprehend. But it's a moving tale! Typical of Salman Rushdie.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

This children's adventure novel chronicles a young boy's journey to an alien world on which he finds the literal 'sea of stories' that provides Earth's storytellers with the raw material for their craft. The boy must help the strange creatures who protect the sea defeat the dark forces that seek to usher in a new reign of silence. Unique, magical, filled with creative wordplay—a true testament to freedom of speech.

iratom22 Oct 28, 2011

The book is a little confusing and hard to read but, I might be subjective because I had to read it in grade 9 and found it to be a little too childish.

green_thumb Jul 18, 2011

This is an imaginative and poetic children's novel that touches on important issues in an abstract and magical way.


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Caminodepaz Mar 03, 2011

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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