Book review – ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie

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‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ by Salman Rushdie

‘There was once, in the country of Alifbay, a sad city, the saddest of cities, a city so ruinously sad that it had forgotten its name.’

Haroun, the son of the greatest of all storytellers asks his father a question which causes him to run out of stories to tell. In a desperate try to right this wrong, Haroun flies to the Sea of Stories to cancel his father’s subscription of Story Water, which makes it possible for him to tell stories. During his time at this strange and foreign place, Haroun experiences an incredible and magical adventure.

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‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’ is originally written as a children’s book dedicated to Rushdie’s son, however, it also contains themes aimed at adults. I must say, I loved this story. For me, it was the complete randomness and the focus on the importance of stories and storytelling, that made me love this book. I fell for it the moment I read the title, then the title of the first chapter ‘The Shah of Blah’ and was completely hooked after I’d read the first sentence. It was an amazing read full of magic, imagination, politics (one of the adult parts), friendship and love of stories. The language Rushdie use is very colourful, painting pictures before your eyes and conveys oceans full of wisdom just below the surface.

If you’re a child in heart, love stories and storytelling and believe in the freedom of speech, you’ll love ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’.

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