Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman RushdieHaroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

bySalman Rushdie

Paperback | November 1, 1991

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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.
Born in Bombay in 1947, Salman Rushdie is the author of six novels, including Grimus, Shame, The Satanic Verses, The Moor's Last Sigh, and The Ground Beneath Her Feet, and a volume of essays, Imaginary Homelands. His numerous literary prizes include the Booker Prize for Midnight's Children and the Whitbread Prize for The Satanic Verses...
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Title:Haroun and the Sea of StoriesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:224 pages, 7.75 × 5.05 × 0.58 inShipping dimensions:7.75 × 5.05 × 0.58 inPublished:November 1, 1991Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140157379

ISBN - 13:9780140157376

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A vivid, fantastic fairy tale Such a delightful, lighthearted read. I read it for my book club, but now I'm looking to get my own copy so I can read it to my kids. I absolutely love it. It reminds me of The Neverending Story
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a bedtime story I had to read this book for a college English course and I fell in love with it. It reads like a classic child's bedtime story and it's so imaginative and sweet. You'll love it!
Date published: 2018-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lots of fun, highly recommended
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Creative and Imaginative I read this book for an English course I took in high school, and I'm glad I did! Haroun and the Sea of Stories is an interesting read about the power of storytelling and it drags you into a magical world from the very beginning.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Story of Stories This is an interesting tale about the origin of stories themselves. It is a unique story that is magical and written in a way that makes you look twice and pay attention so you know what's going on. Rushdie has interesting ideas to fuel one's inner muse.
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get lost in a sea of imagination "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" is an enchanting tale, infused with history, myth, wordplay, and a whole lot of creativity. The magical world Salman Rushdie creates is quite extraordinary; intriguingly different but with a sort of relevancy to how they are formed in Rushdie's mind. There is an overhanging sense of fantastical magic, and the impression of other well-known fantasy works influencing this piece of writing, or it referencing popular culture. The characters have a captivating quality to them, even those who are meant for you to dislike. The language is not tough, neither is it too simple, making this fable both a quick and entertaining read.
Date published: 2011-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Imaginative Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie is a creative story that even young teenagers would enjoy. It kept me interested from the very beginning, probably because it is a fantasy novel, which I enjoy reading, and it involves interesting subjects. I believe it is probably Salman Rushdie's more interesting novels, since I have read the beginning of his other novels, but I was not drawn into them. Haroun's father, Rashid, is such a great storyteller, that politicians hire him to tell citizens stories, so that they would vote in favour of their party. But, one day, Haroun notices that his father is no longer able to tell a single story. Haroun discovers that his father has cancelled his subscription of the magical story waters. Haroun embarks on a journey to Kahani, which is a hidden moon of the earth, to restore his father's gift of storytelling. I recommend this fantasy novel to anyone over the age of thirteen, who wants to read about a whole new world full of different creatures. Characters: Haroun: the main character Rashid: known as the Shah of Blah and the Ocean of Notions Soraya: Rashid's wife Mr. Sengupta: lives upstairs
Date published: 2008-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Dreams This is perhaps the most incredibly creative story ever written. It is filled with irony and imagination. One notable effect is that Rushdie uses circular patterns that become apparent as the reader further delves into the story. The most beautiful story I have ever read.
Date published: 1999-09-29

Editorial Reviews

“A performance that dazzles the eye as it erupts triumphantly out of the dark in a display of fireworks.” —Anita Desai, The Washington Post Book World “Fantastical, funny, whooping through drama and comedy, good and evil, introducing creatures delightful or frightening, this joyous and tender book is a whole Arabian Nights entertainment.” —Nadine Gordimer, The Times Literary Supplement “A lively, wonderfully inventive comic tale . . . His own Sea of Stories from which he drew this entertaining and moving book continues to flow as clear and brilliant as ever.” —Alison Lurie, The New York Times Book Review“Wonderful . . . A novel of tremendous charm . . . A tribute to the pleasures, and terrible powers of storytelling . . . As lively and impassioned as any of his previous novels, but this time full of love.” —Newsweek   “Fantasy, adventure, and allegory in a beautiful mix . . . Salman Rushdie reappears enriched as a human being and as a writer.” —Mario Vargas Llosa   “Eloquent and rejuvenative . . . A testament to the magic and power of a child’s belief, and to Rushdie’s undaunted optimism for the future.” —Newsday   “Rushdie’s gifts include wit and wildness in a sharp engagement with the world’s complexities.” —Los Angeles Times   “Rushdie is a master of brilliant, seductive language. . . . He transforms his story into the lush, arcane fabric of myth. It is a tale of high adventure, deep sadness, and miraculous recovery—a landmark work from one of today’s most important writers.” —Self   “Like all good fables and fairy tales, Haroun and the Sea of Stories yields its riches on many levels. Readers will relish the wordplay and multilingual punning.” —Boston Sunday Herald   “A defiantly high-spirited and chivalrous novel.” —Vanity Fair   “Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a wonderful novel, timeless in the way fine literature is always timeless.” —Stephen King “I enjoyed this adventure story. . . . It involves you at once and keeps you reading, and so it should, for it’s from the same magic land as Sinbad, The Thousand and One Nights, The Golden Fleece.” —Doris Lessing   “Full of light and magic . . . A testimony to creativity, and to the gentle strength of hope.” —The Boston Sunday Globe