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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.
Do not be intimidated by the fact that this was written by Salman Rushdie and all that may imply. He is a great author and this is an excellent book to start with. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TonySueB
Could this be Rushdie's best book? Certainly, it is a wonderful book to read out loud, to children or other adults. Marvelous and memorable characters and unpredictable plot.Published 1 month ago by Saralinda
My 15 year old had to read it for school and said he liked it. He doesn't like reading so that testify to how good this book is!Published 2 months ago by Spottedstone
Such a good story! Rushdie never fails to paint incredible pictures with his stories.Published 3 months ago by Lissa
One of my favorite books, it is a great work of post-modernism. I love how time and reality are questioned, but in a more light-hearted way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JMW123
Very bad book. Did not care about the characters. I had to read this book for school, and my moms friend who is an English teacher also thought it was very bad.Published 3 months ago by julie blair carter
Well read, beautifully written very imaginative story with all sorts of parallels to current issues. What a treat!Published 3 months ago by kathleen