Haroun & Sea Stories by Salman Rushdie

83%

13 Critic Reviews

A lively, wonderfully inventive comic tale with an updated Arabian Nights background.
-NY Times

Synopsis

When Haroun Khalifa’s father, the renowned storyteller Rashid Khalifa, loses his gift of gab, Haroun knows he has to help. Soon, he’s tumbled headfirst into an adventure story of his own, journeying toward the legendary Sea of Stories on the back of a flying Hoopoe bird. There, he finds a host of comical, unforgettable new friends, from Iff the Water Genie to Blabbermouth the page, and at the end of his quest, a formidable enemy – the Prince of Silence, Khattam-Shud himself. At once vastly humorous and deeply tender, Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a fantastical, witty contemporary fable and a powerful statement about the importance of storytelling. Salman Rushdie has created an instant classic - a dazzling read for children and adults alike that both celebrates and embodies the magic of fiction.
 

About Salman Rushdie

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Salman Rushdie is the author of nine previous novels: Grimus; Midnight's Children (which was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981 and, in 1993, was judged to be the "Booker of Bookers," the best novel to have won that prize in its first twenty-five years); Shame (winner of the French Prix de Meilleur Livre Etranger); The Satanic Verses (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); Haroun and the Sea of Stories (winner of the Writers Guild Award); The Moor's Last Sigh (winner of the Whitbread Prize for Best Novel); The Ground Beneath Her Feet (winner of the Eurasian section of the Commonwealth Prize); Fury (a New York Times Notable Book); and Shalimar the Clown (a Time Book of the Year). He is also the author of a book of stories, East, West, and three works of nonfiction- Imaginary Homelands, The Jaguar Smile, and The Wizard of Oz. He is co-editor of Mirrorwork, an anthology of contemporary Indian writing.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 14, 2000 by Penguin. 221 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Haroun & Sea Stories
All: 13 | Positive: 13 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Oct 04 2011

A strong winner, though the storyline fades in and out of the prose--a fault that may pass unnoticed if the book's not read in one sitting.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Alison Lurie on Jan 01 2008

A lively, wonderfully inventive comic tale with an updated Arabian Nights background.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Butterfly Rainbow on Nov 27 2012

Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a fabulous adventure book. Written by Salman Rushdie, one of the world's most renowned authors, this is no ordinary book.

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Oprah.com

Good
Reviewed by Josh Brolin on Jan 01 2008

This book is saturated with the boundless, childlike imagination of its author.

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Helium

Good
Reviewed by Bran Herbert on Jan 24 2008

Rushdie's view of the interconnectedness of modern life plays an extraordinary role in his fiction.

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S. Krishna's Books

Excellent
Reviewed by S. Krishna on Nov 15 2010

I can’t recommend Haroun and the Sea of Stories highly enough.

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Musings of a Literary Dilettante's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Musings of a Literary Dilettante on Apr 12 2010

If you enjoy ‘adult’ fairy-tales with magic-realist elements (and what good fairy tale doesn’t have these?!), or are an avid Rushdie fan, then you’ll enjoy this.

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Book Brothel

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Yanaky on Sep 27 2008

The set-up of Haroun may sound like a kiddie book, but Rushdie’s clever and playful writing style is far beyond a six-year-old’s appreciation level.

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Mangala Palliv

Good
Reviewed by Vish Mangalapalli on Jun 09 2008

An interesting aspect of “Haroun And The Sea Of Stories” is its defiance to be classified into a book for any specific age category — it is a story that can be read by, read to and enjoyed by one and all alike.

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The Thiessen Review

Good
Reviewed by The Thiessen Review on Oct 08 2012

For modern readers, its messages of free speech and debate are as vital now as they were in the wake of the highly controversial ‘The Satanic Verses’.

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Freedom to Survive

Excellent
Reviewed by Freedom to Survive on Jun 05 2012

One of the most talented writers of the English language, Salman Rushdie’s style of writing is any would-be novelist’s dream...Strongly reminiscent of the never-aging tales of the Arabian Nights.

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Fringe Review

Good
Reviewed by Erica McElligott on May 11 2011

A phantasmagorical story that lends itself so well to theatre.

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Grade Saver

Good
Reviewed by Grade Saver on Jan 01 2008

Throughout the novel, Rushdie uses a great amount of alliteration, rhyme, and made-up words to create a playfulness of language.

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