So Iff the water genie told Haroun about the Ocean of the Stream of Stories, and even though he was full of a sense of hopelessness and failure the magic of the Ocean began to have an effect on Haroun. He looked into the water and saw that it was made up of a thousand thousand thousand and one different currents, each one a different colour, weaving in and out of one another like a liquid tapestry of breathtaking complexity; and Iff explained that these were the Streams of Story, that each coloured strand represented and contained a single tale. Different parts of the Ocean contained different sorts of stories, and as all the stories that had ever been told and many that were still in the process of being invented could be found here, the Ocean of the Streams of Story was in fact the biggest library in the universe. And because the stories were held here in fluid form, they retained the ability to change, to become new versions of themselves, to join up with other stories and so become yet other stories; so that unlike a library of books, the Ocean of the Streams of Story was much more than a storeroom of yarns. It was not dead, but alive.
"And if you are very, very careful, or very, very highly skilled, you can dip a cup into the Ocean," Iff told Haroun, "like so," and here he produced a little golden cup from another of his waistcoat pockets, "and you can fill it with water from a single, pure Stream of Story, like so," as he did precisely that.
Having bought almost all of Salman Rushdie's books, I somehow skipped this one, possibly because I was still trying to finish The Satanic Verses by the time this was published. Read morePublished 1 day ago by T. Visser
This book was used but in perfect condition when I got it. I loved this book! Definitally recomend it!Published 3 days ago by Amber
It was not what I expected. It sure was full of imagination.Published 13 days ago by L. Piepenbrink
If you loved the "Arabian Nights" and if you love "quest" stories, you'll enjoy Salman Rushdie's book. Read morePublished 14 days ago by pacem
Such a rich imagination and wonderful children's book. Highly recommended!Published 27 days ago by Dena Kennedy