Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories Haroun s father is the greatest storyteller His magical stories bring laughter to the sad city of Alifbay But one day something goes wrong and his father runs out of stories to tell Haroun is determin

  • Title: Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  • Author: Salman Rushdie
  • ISBN: 9780140140354
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Haroun s father is the greatest storyteller His magical stories bring laughter to the sad city of Alifbay But one day something goes wrong and his father runs out of stories to tell Haroun is determined to return the storyteller s gift to his father So he flies off on the back of the Hoopie bird to the Sea of Stories and an adventure begins.

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    1. "What's the use of stories that aren't even true?"I'm not quite sure why I picked this up (it's a children's book, and my "child" was 21 last week - perhaps I'm hankering for times past), but I'm glad I did. It has the powerful mythical feel of traditional fairy tales, with plenty of nods to classics, and a political undercurrent that tells of the time he wrote it.It would be perfect to read to a child of around 7 to 10, over a couple of weeks (twelve equal chapters), but as a solo adult, I enjo [...]

    2. "What's the use of stories that aren't even true"?This is a classified as a children's bookrfect to read to an 8-10 year old. Yet.w that I've read it ( chucking,smiling.dd enriched)I can't wait 'to play' now with this novel. It's to be read over and over. Storytelling with your friends. Want to lie back and be read to by a close friend while sitting under a tree? Or .e you the 'ham' who loves to read to an active listener? This book is filled with imagination--so why not use a little of our own [...]

    3. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، این کتاب از 233 صفحه تشکیل شده است و <سلمان رشدی> همچون داستان "آیات شیطانی" در این داستان نیز منظورش را در قالب داستانی خیالی بیان نموده است و شما میتوانید هر شخصیتِ تاریخی و مذهبی را که در ذهن دارید به جایِ عناصر داستان بنشانید‎داستان در موردِ پسری به نام [...]

    4. Hurrah for diverse books, before I say another word. I loved how this book drew on Pakistani/Muslim 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 cliché 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 unpredictably, meta [...]

    5. "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 meal."Haroun 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 mus [...]

    6. 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 Lucy/Fanny Browne?' & so on!Rushdie had dedicated his 'Midnight's Children' to his first-born Zafar, & he wanted another b [...]

    7. there is something about a story written for an adult audience as myth or child's tale that i love. it seems to be more 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 more pristine as a child. rushdie's earlier works never captured me; "midnite's children" seem windy and ornate with insufficient structure to hold up the explainations. "haroun" is still written with all the mastery that [...]

    8. 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 quite a good book thought it was at first a tumultuous experience. I waited with bated breath for his memoir Joseph Anton, which I, unsurprisingly, devoured. And with Haroun, Rushdie has blown my mind again. Rushdie wrote Haroun for his son during the fatwa. It’s quite incredibl [...]

    9. 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.

    10. Charming, magical, hilarious. Haroun and the Sea of Stories feels like a fairy tale, moves like a fantasy adventure, and reads like literary fiction. It's absolutely appropriate and delightful for all ages. The prose is gorgeous.

    11. This is a kids book that really is just for kids. I know the editors' reviews tell you that it will change your life, change the world, or something else great. But, trust me, it's just a cute story.Haroun's dad is a story teller. His life is happy until one day his mom leaves him and his dad and his dad can no longer tell stories. This puts the mat risk of losing everything because that's how they maek their money. They are invited to tell stories on behalf of politicians, and the night before [...]

    12. Salman Rushdie wrote this book for his son, when he wasn't able to be with him. Its a book of fairytales describing the adventures of a father (who used to be a storyteller) and his son. There is a lot of impression from other books such as 1001 Arabian Nights, and other writers' and books' are also hinted in the story. The fun level is not so high but it is still an entertaining activity to read this book together with children.

    13. "There was a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name. It 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 In the north of the sad city stood mighty factories in which sadness was actually manufactured, packaged, and sent all over the world. Black smoke poured out of the chimneys of the sadness factories and hung over the city like the bad news. "One [...]

    14. This was recommended to me by Laurice as a children's novel--we both love kids' books--so I went into it expecting a children's book, albeit, a children's book as Salman Rushdie might approach children. As a 6th grade teacher, my first thoughts were that it would be too difficult to teach to my class (I prefer the teacher lens to the previous MFA creative writing student lens, but ultimately the best is when the lenses recede because I'm too far into the world of the book, which quickly happened [...]

    15. A fantastically preposterous carpet ride with magicians, genies and goblins. An oceanic library of stories aimed primarily at children, but also likely to please adults who haven't yet succumbed to cynicism and whose imaginations haven't yet withered on life's vine. Riotous, hugely imaginative and funny to its core. Those of you who have young children, read this out loud to them at bedtime, for you will get just as much fun out of it as they will!

    16. i hate this book!!!!!!!!!!! it's so bad- what with its unneccasary capitalization, cheesy, overdramatic-ness, and just plain being weird. ugh, so bad!!!!!!!!!!!!

    17. Oh dear. Got to the halfway mark and I'm giving up. I love reading children's books but this one was just too cutesy-wootsey for my taste and I'm puzzled to know who might actually like it. All the characters have annoying names like the Shah of Blah and Snooty Butoo. That might be fine in a ten page picture book but it got wearing in a story that goes on and on for over 200 pages with NO pictures and a horribly convoluted plot. And then there was the negativity and even cynicism that shot throu [...]

    18. about halway through the book, i realised it reminded me of something. but i couldn't put my finger on it. a very annoying feeling, it really is, to feel like you've read something that sorta kinda maybe looks like the thing you're eating throgh right now. not to worry, i realised what it reminded me of. Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. yep. Salman Rushdie's writing reminded me of a radio show turned book. is it bad? not really, no. it didn't remind me of easy, uncomplicated [...]

    19. How much have you seen,eh, Thieflet ? Africa, have you seen it ? No ? Then is it truly there ? And submarines ? Huh ? Also hailstones,baseballs,pagodas ? Goldmines ? Kangaroos, Mount Fujiyama, the North Pole ? And the past, did it happen ? And the future, will it come ? Believe in your own eyes and you'll get into a lot of trouble, hot water, a mess .Sixty three pages into the book and this was the monologue that completely caught my interest. My first Salman Rushdie book and it was a delightful [...]

    20. Enchanting, delightful, full of fun and intrigue. Haroun is a boy who finds his way to Kahani and the Ocean of the Streams of Story, where all of the world's stories comes from. There he not only saves the Ocean and all the stories, but his father, mother, town, and self from sadness. There were so many wonderful parts to this book: the P2C2E (aren't many things that way?), Mr. Butt and Iff, the blending and renewal of stories in the ocean. It is a fascinating narrative, full of a sort-of-dream, [...]

    21. In my typical way of not always respecting the order in which things were written, I read the follow-up book to Haroun and the Sea of Stories last year, and it came in as my second-favourite book of the year. Luka and the Fire of Life was one of those books that found a spot in my brain and nestled in like it had always belonged there.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, you [...]

    22. Haroun and the Sea of Stories reminded me very much of The Phantom Tollbooth, especially, of course, in its use of allegory.I thought this would make a good reading assignment for a middle schooler. I can't say it affected me any which way at age 42 except that I was not immune to the horribly depressing image of the sea of stories being choked by poisons. I guess I also thought it was interesting that the son's pronouncement on the father's stories could have such a profound effect.Salman Rushd [...]

    23. Upakovano u jednu razigranu i živopisnu bajku, Salman Ruždi nam pre svega govori o ljudskoj potrebi za pričama (hoću reći književnosti), koje daju čar ljudskom životu. Osim toga, ova bajka ne bi bila bajka da ne sadrži i večitu borbu dobra i zla - borbu protiv svega onoga što ljude koči i sprečava da budu srećni i zadovoljni. A tu su i moralne pouke o važnostima zajedništva, prijateljstva, ljubavi i porodice, začinjene simpatičnim gegovima i interesantnim i živopisnim likovima [...]

    24. What a delightful story! There are many blurbs on the back and front of this book, and I agree with all of them: it is Swiftian, it is written on more than one level (fable, fantasy, allegory), and it is wonderfully inventive. Haroun and the Sea of Stories can be enjoyed by children and adults alike.This book was written after Satanic Verses, and is very much about the freedom of speech and the right to be creative. *take a look at the very back of the book, where the author explains the names o [...]

    25. Salman Rushdie is such a show-off. A lot of aspiring writers would save heaps of money on writing classes, if they just read this short novel and asked themselves the question: Can I write something as seamless and perfect as Haroun And The Sea Of Stories? If not, don't bother.

    26. A fair warning: everybody might not like this succinct story full of references to the need as well as pointlessness of censorship and allegory for several problems existing in society today, especially in India and the Indian subcontinent. Yes, the novel contains an allegory of the fight between the imagination, the forces of freedom, and the forces of obscurantism. But then, much like 'Le Petit Prince', all these subtle hints are well-hidden to the eye inexperienced to the genre of Magical Rea [...]

    27. This is a book for anyone who has ever said, "Daddy, tell me a story." Or for any father who has heard that plea. And that's what this book really is, a yarn, a make-it-up-as-you-go fairy tale, that Rushdie actually wrote at the behest of his young son. Of course, like The Wizard of Oz, it is also so much more.The clues are in the names. In fact, we are told early on: All names mean something. Hmmm. What was that Valley of K called once upon a time? Was it Kosh-Mar? Kache-Mer? And the slimy poli [...]

    28. This book is about a boy named Haroun Kalifa, who lives with his father and mother in "The sad city." A city so sad that it forgot its name. His father Rashid Kalifa was a storyteller. The famous "ocean of notions." The poeple of the city loved to hear his stories, of the many heros who would rescue the princess from danger, and no story was alike. One day Mr. Oneeta , who was their neighboor, a grumpy, gloomy, and bored neighbor who always had something negative to say, decided he was fed up wi [...]

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