“One of the books I read over the summer was “Haroun And The Sea Of Stories” by Salman Rushdie. When you first open the book, you are transported to a fictitious rural India where a boy named Haroun, has a father named Rashid who is a storyteller. After a few pages, Haroun’s mother, Soraya runs away with a neighbor because the neighbor persuaded her that Rashid is a fool. Both Haroun and Rashid are upset and flabbergasted. But, life must move on.
At his next event, Rashid could not speak or tell a story because of Soraya. He decides to speak at an event for a politician to make more money and to get his “mojo” back. He and Haroun are left at the bus depot and must take a bus instead of riding more upper class accommodations. They could not find a bus, so they take a mail coach to their destination. The night they get there, Haroun wakes up during the night to find a water genie named Iff. Iff tells Haroun he is shutting of his father’s supply of “story water”. Haroun steals the Iff’s wrench and goes with Iff to the moon Kahani to argue with the “Grand Comptroller of Processes To Complicated To Explain”, the Walrus.
When Haroun and Iff arrive, they find that the story water has been poisoned by the evil Khattam-Shud. They then fly to the palace to inform everyone, but Haroun’s father is there and tells them of what the Chuppees who reside win the City Of Chup are up to. The Army of the City of Gup goes to war with Chup with the help of Haroun and Rashid. In the end they win and rid the story water of poison. Haroun gets his father’s story water back and a happy ending from the Walrus. Haroun and Rashid return home to find Soraya.
Haroun And The Sea Of Stories in my opinion was a book that I thought was not meant for my age group. It was one big fantasy that is meant for kids in middle school. All in all, it kept me busy and I was able to understand the concept. I give this book two stars for a few reasons: it’s a silly fantasy, there’s no action or excitement that appeals to people my age, and I think a writer like Salman Rushdie, a fabulous writer could do better. One last thing, I think Rushdie got the whole “Walrus and Eggheads” idea from the Beatles song by John Lennon, “I Am The Walrus”.