Haroun and the sea of stories

219 pages

English language

Published April 4, 1991 by Granta Books in association with Viking.

ISBN:
9780670838042
OCLC Number:
232993497

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3 stars (10 reviews)

Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, this classic children's novel inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, and The Wizard of Oz. In this captivating work of fantasy, 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.

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Review of 'Haroun and the sea of stories' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was also an Audible daily deal. I already owned a used paperback copy, but someone thoroughly marked it up, which I hate (and did not notice before buying.) I thought the audiobook version would be a good alternative, especially since it’s a fairly short book. Rushdie pitched the book a little younger than I was expecting, but I didn’t mind that so much. It was a fun adventure that reminded me a bit of Catherine Valente’s Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own (presumably the influence flowed the other way, but still.)

Review of 'Haroun and the sea of stories' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

Once again, Rushdie reminds me why I love this writer so much. This is a story about storytelling and it is simply beautiful. The main character, Haroun, is the son of a well-known storytelling, Rashid, otherwise known as the Shah of Blah (love it!). When Haroun's mother runs away with another man, Rashid's gift of the gab simply deserts him. To save his faterh, Haroun must travel to a mystical land (on the Earth's second, hidden moon, no less) to recover Rashid's talent. It reminded me of "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Geared towards anyone who appreciates a good story with a dash of socio-political commentary thrown in.

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  • Short stories