Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $4.65 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ Free Shipping
Haroun and the Sea of Stories Paperback – January 1, 1991
|New from||Used from|
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
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.
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Both my South Asian and western students feel like this story speaks to them with its singsong English idiom, likable young hero, easily accessible symbolism, strong elements of fantasy, and numerous allusions to everything from the Beatles to the 1001 Arabian Nights. I highly recommend this to anyone -- adult or adolescent -- searching for an engaging read that crosses cultural and genre boundaries.
Well this is nothing like that, it is more like a roller coaster but with better emotional payoff. The story and setting are colorful and the plot twists fresh and unexpected. Characters are unlike any you've met before, and the dialogue and narrative are full of puns and playfulness. And beneath it all? Tons of subtext and allegory, woven in so expertly that you literally could just ignore it and still have a fun read. But if you take the trouble of going back for the inner meanings and symbols and whatnot (like they were doing in the school assignment) you find meaningful, thoughtful and somewhat moving messages that enrich the total experience.
Why this book is not more famous, I don't know but as literature it makes the Wizard of Oz (which is supposedly allegorical, too) look dull and awkward by comparison, even taking into account the century of literary change in between. Haroun is perfectly fine for young readers but there's no reason for adults to miss out.
My advice: don't be thrown off by the long, analytical reviews and don't expect that you have to think like a college student to enjoy this. Just grab a copy, open it up and begin. Don't load it down with expectations. Just read -- you will have fun!
In addition to being appealing to children - it is funny at time; it is an adventure and it is picturesque - it is about the creative process (writing in particular) and enjoys twists on popular western cultural icons and names as well as labels. It carries sophisticated jokes and word play that is pleasing to children on one level and to adults on another. Almost in the manner that Rocky and Bullwinkle appeal across age ranges.
I purchased the digital version and am going to create an audio book for my daughter at her request. She is now out of college...
Not only is it filled with vivid imagination, unlikely metaphors, and inventive allegories, but it mirrors Rushdie's very own reality. Plagued with a real-life FATWA after his release of "The Satanic Verses," the novel uses the importance of binaries: Speech and Silence, the Light versus the Dark, to address his feelings towards the unruly censorship tied to the Fatwa.
Freedom of speech is also addressed within the novel. I actually wrote a paper critiquing the use of allegories, but seriously! the quarter just ended and the last thing I want to do is write a lengthy review! Just a great novel, pick it up :)
Top international reviews
The book's description was very surreal, which is a little beyond me at times. Haroun's dad is a story teller and they have lead a very happy until his mum leaves him and his dad for another man. This trauma has made Haroun's dad not able to tell stories. This is a disaster, as it was his livelihood. They were invited to tell stories on behalf of politicians. The night before Haroun's dad must tell the greatest story to his biggest audience, Haroun and his dad go on a magical journey into a magical land. In this land, they must save the sea of stories, the source of all the stories of the universe.
It was not a favourite book of mine to read. It was magical, yet I find it hard to picture some of the descriptions. There were some funny parts in this story and you do root for the Haroun and his dad to have a good life despite all the disasters.
And it’s as bizarre as that, unlike Valente which resists the modern, Rushdie includes machines and mechanisms that ground his imaginative world. Rather than being a lone child’s adventure Haroun has an unexpected family member around him. And that gives it a very different feel. Rushdie’s quirky characters mix with the sense of India (though one of initials and valleys) to create something completely removed from reality to form a place of pure storytelling pleasure. It’s not a dark tale, though are elements of ‘danger’ but nothing that’s going to scar small children. It has some nice, but not laboured, moral messages, especially about girls/women having to hide who they really are to get on in a man’s world and another about the power of stories to change the world.
If you have any imagination and you love a fairytale then Haroun and the Sea of Stories is one for you.