Hurrah for diverse books before I say another word I loved how this book drew on PakistaniMuslim stories and imagery and I enjoyed the company of its young protagonist I m sure younger readers will too I was interested to see how Rushdie would adapt his style and it seems he did so by indulging his taste for clich and word play as much and as fantastically as possible The magic in this fantasy yarn is all rooted in language figures of speech come to life and behave npredictably metaphors become literal and the whole lot gets an embroidery of tasty collouialisms I think that s why I found it a bit overcooked a little bit too self conscious Another reason it seems self conscious is perhaps its transparent agenda it s a parable in defense of freedom of speech The righteous army argue about their orders extensively The General loves a good debate he s delighted to listen to the discussion Finally they all proceed with commitment Ace Orwell wrote about the same thing happening in real life in Homage to Catalonia no discipline problems As well as the right of citizens to dissent and challenge authority Rushdie wants the rights of storytellers to tell it their way to be sacrosanct severely rebuking attempts at political interference And The Christian at Mass uite right too But when the story is so openly didactic the writer ought I feel to be careful about other things too I ve written about Rushdie s male oriented but creative writing of gender before but here it strikes me as simply sloppy I waited over 100 pages for an interesting female character and I liked her when she arrived but she had heavy work against the sexism of her culture and even against her author to makep for the barely written faithless wife the damsel in distress sed for light relief although Haroun challenged it rather weakly and ambiguously but what is with this purity of fairytales angle Seriously needed work and the mockery of Princess Batcheet for her physical attributes Writers are not easy people to live with Dickens Henry Miller Naipaul the list is long But when you read a book like Haroun and the Sea of Stories you find yourself wishing there was a writer in the family Imagine a book written exclusively for you a poem dedicated to you centuries later people wondering Who was the Dark Lady of the Sonnets who was LucyFanny Browne so onRushdie had dedicated his Midnight s Children to his first born Zafar he wanted another book written for him as well Just like thatA father s love for his son gave s this magical allegory A little boy called Haroun embarks ハリー・ポッターと賢者の石 (ハリー・ポッターシリーズ upon an adventure of a lifetime so he could retrieve his storyteller father Rashid Khalifa The Shah of Blah s inspiration as the latter lost it after a tragic personal setback His adventure takes him to the earth s second moon called Kahani story where he must meet The Walrus in the City of Gup gossip reuest him not to disconnect his father s water supply from the Ocean of the Streams of Story But the Gup City is facing imminent war from the City of Chup silence ruled by the ruthless Cultmaster Khattam Shud completely finished the endnder whose Cult of Dumbnessthe schools and law courts and theatres are all closed nowbecause of the Silence LawsHow art imitates life Upon this breezy comic tale hangs the dark clouds of Rushdie s fatwa years when the writer was shifting from place to place From Beautiful Zion to Red Bird Creek under assumed identities constantlynder death threat for his earlier book Satanic Verses indeed estioning himself What s the se of stories that are not even trueIsn t it a triumph s the se of stories that are not even trueIsn t it a triumph a writer s imagination freedom of expression that from such a bleak phase emerged such a life affirming art affirming work And the fact that this heart warming tale comes from the innocent perspective of a child who dares to say the emperor wears no clothes makes it leave a lasting impression I somehow kept thinking of the Bicycle Thieves a father son duo desperately trying to salvagecling to some vestige of humanity that the cruel bleakness of a post war world denies them Haroun and the doesn t have the neo realism of Vittorio De Sica s movie but don t let that magic realism fool you to the dark subtextRushdie thus has managed the contradictions very wellDoffing his hat at Arabian Nights with a nod to The Wizard of Oz a wink to Alice in Wonderland Rushdie sprinkles his tale with magic dust imbuing even a cynical adult like me with child like wonder joy Happily recommended The names of most characters places in this book are all based on a clever
WORDPLAY ON SPEECH AND SILENCE TAKENon speech and silence taken Hindi Urdu languages A glossary at the end clears the concept for sers of other languages but they ll still somehow miss the sheer fun of itHere is a review that I loved Salman Rushdie blew my mind with his magnum opus Midnight s Children I ve been an ardent fan of him since I first read it last year Then I read the allegedly blasphemous The Satanic Verses which turned out to be Disney Infinity: Character Encyclopedia uite a good book thought it was at first a tumultuous experience I waited with bated breath for his memoir Joseph Anton which Insurprisingly devoured And with Haroun Rushdie has blown my mind again Rushdie wrote Haroun for his son during the fatwa It s ite incredible that he pulled off such an exuberant phantasmagoric and absolute delight of a book during a time of extreme tribulation Superficially it s a beautiful tale about the adventures of a boy named Haroun Khalifa hailing from a sad city the saddest of cities a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name Deep down it discusses matters of relevance such as the freedom of speech the power of stories and the ones who tell them The prose is lovely and lucid What makes Haroun even memorable is the deft wordplay Not a single word feels forced
everything fits wonderfully Ah Rushdie you are indeed a wordsmithSir Rushdie you have survived the threats of thefits wonderfully Ah Rushdie you are indeed a wordsmithSir Rushdie you have survived the threats of the Khattam Shud read Ayatollah Khomeini and I hope you come p with and magnificent tales from the never ending Sea of Stories What s the se of stories that aren t even trueThis is a classified as a children s bookperfect to read to an 8 10 year old Yetnow that I ve read it chuckingsmilingmovedand enrichedI can t wait to play now with this novel It s to be read over and ove. It all begins with a letter Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps a new series of twenty six collectible and hardcover editions each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet In a design collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley the series features niue cover art by Hische a superstar in the world of type design and illustration whose work has appeared everywhere from Tiffany Co to Wes Anderson's. A White Slave in Turkey Book 1 - A BDSM Novel under a tree Orare you the ham who loves to read to an active listener This book is filled with imagination so why notse a little of our own with it Rushdie wrote this book in dedication to his son Zafar Rushdie went into in hiding when in 1989 The Satanic Verses was released Riots broke out in several countriesand Rushdie was sentenced to death by Ayatollah Khomeini the spiritual leader of theIslamic Republic of Iran He called 1898 upon Muslims to carry out his sentence Later hedefended himself against the fatwa a plea for freedom thought and speech and expressing the value of imagination in literature This was the first novel To Zafar that Rushdie wrote after The Satanic Verses This story is about a celebrated storyteller The Shah oh Blah who loses his talent for improvising stories when his wife leaves him His son Haroun isnwillingly pulled into theadventure involving an arduous journey to the sea of stories to vanuish a powerful enemies and reclaim his father s gift of gab Silence is the force of evil in this story the suashing of language fantasy satire even the truth itself There are allegories and light hearted commentary woven into the tapestry There are people we must defend on principles such as freedom of expression The story is full of reflections about the importance and fantasy myth nature and storytelling There s a treat for those who recognize the meaning of Indian words which are also given to most of the characters and who know about the role of gestures Mudra made oftenby green painted performers in Indian Kathakali dancing Enchanting profound delightfully whimsical and highly recommended for all ages I m surprised that Viking listed this as a children s literature There s nothing risue in it of course and it is structured a little like Alice in Wonderland but I think it will appeal to both children and adults with its playful style and malleable language There are a lot of puns rhymes and plentiful wordplayRushdie is ceaselessly inventive and his stories within stories are both traditionally complex and compulsively readable I Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, uite like the central symbol of the source for all the world s stories It is a thought provoking concept Where do our stories really come from I think humans have a propensity for storytelling that it is a social act Yet it lives deeper ins as well stemming fr there is something about a story written for an adult audience as myth or child s tale that i love it seems to be concise concentrated and make the simplicity of good vs bad and having a moral seem beautiful rather than simplistic maybe that is because dualities were pristine as a child rushdie s earlier works never captured me midnite s children seem windy and ornate with insufficient structure to hold Lay My Burden Down up the explainations haroun is still written with all the mastery that rushdie shows as a writer but this compression as a children s tale turns coal into a diamond also in rushdie s post haroun work he seems to be working with a greater sense of direction and structure a great example of this for me was ground beneath her feet while once again wordy in my opinion ground hung together as great art while not well read enough to consider myself a rushdie scholar i suspect that haroun is the pivotal career changing work of one of our age s most notable writers so beyond being a great book i think that it is an important book importantly though it s fucking fun What s these of stories that aren t even true I M Not Uite m not Vérité (Love at Center Court, uite why I picked thisp it s a children s book and my child was 21 last week perhaps I m hankering for times past but I m glad did It has the powerful
mythical feel of traditional tales with plenty of nods tofeel of traditional fairy tales with plenty of nods to and a political Beyond the Qumran Community undercurrent that tells of the time he wrote itIt would be perfect to read to a child of around 7 to 10 over a couple of weeks twelve eual chapters but as a solo adult I enjoyed the wistfulness of a childish read coupled with something much profound Before you startI vaguely knew this was dedicated to his son but didn t notice the actual dedication or consider the timeline However I wasn t far into the book before I felt compelled to check It was published the year after the fatwa that sent Rushdie into hiding though he d long since split from his wife His son Zafar was 10 or 11 In that context the dedication is heartbreakingZembla Zenda XanaduAll our dream worlds may come trueFairy lands are fearsome tooAs I wander far from viewRead and bring me home to youI also wish I d noticed the pages at the back that explain the names of many of the characters most of which are derived from Hindustani sicStoryThe key message is the power and importance of stories even if or particularly because they are not true You see the link to the fatwa Haroun is the son of a great storyteller who loses the power of storytelling The story is aest to turn on the storywater tap It is set in an other world with a child as the hero If this were an adult novel it would be classed as magic realism It has an old fashioned and Indian feel but also features robotic birds and passing mention of aliens UFOs and moons I won t summarise the plot but it has all the elements you want and expect from a book like this fantastical creatures enigmatic lyrical characters juxtaposed with logical prosaic ones dashes of humour a maze of corridors mistaken identity occasional puns and Malapropisms pussy collar jee psychology love betrayal impossible dilemma princess rescue disorientation lucid dreaming a battle time dilation derring do funny names telepathy wishes a baddie who explains his plan to the captured hero magic a gadget complete with arbitrary timeoutFree speech Je suis HarounThis is about the fun of stories and the importance of believing even what you can t see but it s not just about that There is a clear message about the right to speak The arch enemy of all stories is also the arch enemy of language itself to the extent his followers have their lips stitched p What could be a powerful symbol of censorship that the Sign of the Zipped Lips Is not the Power of Speech the greatest Power of all Then surely it Recent film Moonrise Kingdom to Penguin's own bestsellers Committed and Rules of Civility With exclusive designs that have never before appeared on Hische's hugely popular Daily Drop Cap blog the Penguin Drop Caps series debuted with an 'A' for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice a 'B' for Charlotte Brnte's Jane Eyre and a 'C' for Willa Cather's My ntonia It continues with perennial classics perfect to give as elegant gifts or to showcase on your own shelvesR is.
Salman Rushdie ↠ 3 free readUst be exercised to the full Not forgetting this is a children s book the example is a general who accepts insults and insubordination The risk to those in power is that inside every single story there lies a world that I cannot RuleBut the importance of free speech doesn t mean one should always speak nthinkingly Haroun realises that Silence has its own grace and beauty just as speech can be graceless and gly Actions could be as noble as words As in so many things we need discernment One of the problems Haroun encounters is the deliberate poisoning of the storywaters by dark forces You can put an ecological spin on that but it s not the main messageEven a non baddie has had some stories changed to make him the hero Who owns our heritage Can we rewrite itThe magic of the story can restore spiritsNote Although this was written in the aftermath of the fatwa it s an issue Rushdie covered less obviously in his earlier novel Midnight s ChildrenLiterary linksThese ones I spotted there may well be others It s only now I collate them that I realise ite how many I found I may be guilty of over analysing Douglas Adams People always trust Rashid the storyteller because he always admitted that everything he told them was completely Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep (light novel) untrue Unlike the politicians who want him to speak at their rallies This logical inversion is slightly like Wonko the Sane from So Long and Thanks for All the Fish There is also P2C2E a Process Too Complicated To Explain which summoned H2G2 to mind Graham Green On discovering his mother had left Haroun s reaction was the rather tangential destruction of his clock I was reminded of a short story called A Shocking Accident in which a boy on learning his father was killed by a falling pig asks what happened to the pig The Beatles There are eggheads and a character called Walrus but I didn t spot the carpenter Tolkien The Floating Gardeners look rather like amphibious ents Kafka The Plentimaw Fishes are described as Hunger Artists they swallow stories and then create new stories in their digestive systems See A Hunger Artist The Shadow Warrior s first splutteredtterances are Googogol and Kafkafka Gogol I ve not read Gogol but he gets a mention alongside Kafka above Shakespeare A boy page is actually a girl in disguise Lewis Carroll The pages dressed like pages rather than playing cards and associated trumpets brought Wonderland to mind as did the logical illogicality of organisations One character asks Haroun Why make a fuss about this particular impossible thing The Red PHILIPPINES 1/1M3 ueen famously believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast Jonathan Swift The antagonism between the Guppees and Chupwalas has echoes of that between the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos Mary Tourtel et al The Plentimaw Fishes talk in rhyming couplets like the captionsnderneath each picture in Rupert Bear stories Philip Pullman In the dark world shadows can be separated from their owners rather like Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon Monty Python or JM Barrie A knight fighting his own shadow made me think of the dark knight in The Holy Grail but given that he s not fighting his shadow I suppose Peter Pan is the obvious connection One Thousand and One Nights There s a houseboat called Arabian Nights Plus One Aladdin The Water Genie has a magic wrench which Haroun takes so the genie follows him round helping him out trying to get it back Joseph Conrad The evil one sits at the heart of darkness I might be trying too hard with that one it s a might be trying too hard with that one it s a enough phrase The Duchess of York aka Sarah Ferguson Pollution of the storywaters includes an outbreak of talking helicopter anecdotes and Budgie the Little Helicopter was published the year before this otes The sad city that had forgotten its name stood by a mournful sea full of glumfish which were so miserable to eat that they made people belch with melancholy even though the skies were blue The Ocean of
THE STREAMS OF STORY BECAUSE THEStreams of Story because the were held here in fluid form they retained the ability to change to become new versions of themselves to join p with other stories so that The Angel Intrudes (1918) unlike a library of books it was not dead but alive The Floating Gardeners do maintenance Untwisting twisted story streams Alsonlooping same Weeding They re also like hairdressers because the longer stories are the likely they are to be tangled Pouring out of the portholes came darkness they had invented artificial darkness Shades of the satrical Dark Sucker Theory The Satanic Verses bent my brain funny I thought Rushdie had some good prose the ideas were interesting but the surrealism combined with moments of silliness made for an odd mix and in the end I left satisfied but disoriented like I d eaten an exotic mealHaroun and the Sea of Stories was Rushdie s attempt to write a children s book for the son he was estranged from There s a certain sadness to the tone of the book wherein a storyteller loses his ability to do his job and his son must travel through the world of stories to get it backMuch like Clive Barker I consider Rushdie to be a good author who should stay far away from children s writing It brings out the worst in him While the writing itself is good it s goofy in ways that most children would probably find annoying and lacks the depth or bite to keep most adults involved Everyone has silly names most of them have silly descriptions and over all the book just felt frivolous Children s literature at its best can have real bite and emotional impact but Clarions Call unfortunately Rushdie s effort feels like tourism to the genre There s plenty to like about the author I have Midnight s Children sitting on my to do pile but if anything else comes out from him with a children s book branding I m going to have to pass Great kid s story my son loved it I thought that the language was clever and creative and enjoyed the pace The characters were engaging funny and a joy to follow If you have a kid that is between 8 and 10 years old they will love reading this book with you I am sure Read at my girl s behest in I think 500BCE A delight of a tale Rushdie wrote the 2019 Booker shortlisterichotte which I
Disliked As Much Asas much as liked this book I wonder if the audience focus of the two accounts for the disparity of respons. For Rushdie Set in an exotic Eastern landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as Gulliver's Travels Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz Haroun a 12 year old boy 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 powe.