Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
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As would be expected from Rushdie, this very traditional-seeming quest narrative, beyond being updated to reflect the premises of contemporary video games, is a whirligig tour of mythologies, literatures and pop culture...
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“You’ve reached the age at which people in this family cross the border into the magical world. It’s your turn for an adventure—yes, it’s finally here!” So says Haroun to his younger brother, twelve-year-old Luka. The adventure begins one beautiful starry night in the land of Alifbay, when Luka’s father, Rashid, falls suddenly into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one can rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka embarks on a journey through the world of magic with his loyal companions, Bear, the dog, and Dog, the bear. Together they encounter a slew of fantastical creatures, strange allies, and challenging obstacles along the way—all in the hope of stealing the Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly treacherous task.
 

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 November 16, 2010 by Random House. 226 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Above average
Reviewed by Meghan Cox Gurdon on Nov 13 2010

Luka seems like a nice boy. Still, it's hard to get emotionally invested in a narrative world where, as Mr. Rushdie admits, "if you lost a few [lives], it didn't matter; there were always more."

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Good
Reviewed by Randy Boyagoda on Nov 20 2010

As would be expected from Rushdie, this very traditional-seeming quest narrative, beyond being updated to reflect the premises of contemporary video games, is a whirligig tour of mythologies, literatures and pop culture...

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