Luka and the Fire of Life

Kobo ebook | November 16, 2010

bySalman Rushdie

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On a beautiful starry night in the city of Kahani in the land of Alifbay a terrible thing happened: twelve-year-old Luka's storyteller father, Rashid, fell suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one could rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey through the Magic World, encountering a slew of phantasmagorical obstacles along the way, to steal the Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly dangerous task.

Weaving together bits of mythology, fairy tales, children’s puns, metaphysics and echoes from well-known tales as different as The Matrix and The Wizard of Oz, Luka and the Fire of Life becomes a story about things as intimate as a boy’s love for his family, and as sprawling as the meaning of life itself. With Haroun and the Sea of Stories Salman Rushdie proved that he is one of the best contemporary writers of fables, and it proved to be one of his most popular books with readers of all ages. While Haroun was written as a gift for his first son, Luka and the Fire of Life, the story of Haroun's younger brother, is a gift for his second son on his twelfth birthday. Lyrical, rich with word-play, and with the narrative tension of the classic quest stories, this is Salman Rushdie at his very best.

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On a beautiful starry night in the city of Kahani in the land of Alifbay a terrible thing happened: twelve-year-old Luka's storyteller father, Rashid, fell suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one could rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey through the Magic Worl...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 16, 2010Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307366626

ISBN - 13:9780307366627

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The continuing fire of imagination Twenty years after the publication of "Haroun and the Sea of Stories," Salman Rushdie pens a followup to his little gem. "Luka and the Fire of Life" is set eighteen years after Haroun's own adventure, his younger brother, Luka, ready to begin his own journey of discovery. Rushdie has accomplished a brilliant sequel by maintaining some familiarity to the original - characters and locations - while providing a vastly different plot. He also uses some innovative concepts in this novel that reflects the passing of the time since he wrote the last book, such as incorporating first-person shooter gaming aspects into the storyline. There is also a lot of opposites, compares and contrasts in this story - right-handed versus left-handed world, the Bear dog and the Dog bear, Nobodaddy differing from Luka's father - as there was in "Haroun." I did enjoy "Luka" slightly more than I did "Haroun." It came across as a more mature and creative story, appropriately planned and well written. It fuses fantasy and science-fiction with folklore and mythology within a magical reality. Suffice to say, without the original there never will be a sequel, so to meet "Luka," you will have to first get through "Haroun."
Date published: 2011-07-27