“You’ve reachedthe age at which people in this family crossthe border intothe magical world. It’s your turn for an adventure—yes, it’s finally here!” So says Harounto his younger brother, twelve-year-old Luka,in Salman Rushdie’s thrilling, delightful, lyrically crafted fable forthe youngand young at heart. The adventure begins one beautiful starry night inthe landof Alifbay, where a terrible thing happens: Luka’s father, Rashid,
For Rashid Khalifa, the legendary storyteller of Kahani,
falls suddenly and inexplicablyinto asleep so deep that nothing andno one can rousehim. To save himfrom slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey throughthe world of magic with his loyal companions, Bear the dogand Dogthe bear, as they encountera slew of fantasticalcreatures, strange allies,and challenging obstacles alongthe way—all inthe hopes of stealingthe Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly treacherous task.
frolickingwordplay and unexpected twists,and fueled bythe powerof wordsand the imagination, thisis Salman Rushdie at his best.
Shelfari edited the description of Luka and the Fire of Life Tuesday, June 1, 2010.