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Haroun and the Sea of Stories- Salman Rushdie



Posted August 31, 2016 by

Haroun and the Sea of Stories – Salman Rushdie – 1990

Reviewed by: D.W. Cymbalisty         Date: 25 July 2001

Haroun-And-The-Sea-Of-Stories-Salman-Rushdie-story-for-kids-coverHarry Potter’s got nothing on this quick-thinking pragmatic Haroun character… this is a great book, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It is so clever, and would appeal to any age group… making the old feel young, and the young feel… mature! What a terrific imagination Rushdie has, his fanciful characters and settings push the limit of inventiveness and hilarity. Who else would have been able to fit the Dark Ship with (of course) “dark bulbs” rather than light bulbs? Bravo S.R.!

A recurring motif is “What’s the use of stories that aren’t even true?” Haroun couldn’t get that terrible question out of his head. It was posed to him repeatedly, and it’s really his conviction that stories ARE useful that motivates most of the action in this book. It is my opinion that Rushdie has written here a convincing and timeless story about the very importance of “story”. Well worth the reading. A hilarious fanciful gem. Khattum-shud!

ReadLit Team


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