Thursday, August 11, 2011

Review: Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun is the child of a famous storyteller, known far and wide as the Ocean of Notions and the Shah of Blah.  Although they live in a sad, nameless city, blanketed by smog and fed with glumfish, Haroun is happy with the crazy stories his father produces.

Until the day his mother runs off with the neighbor, and Haroun's father is unable to tell any more stories.  He has simply run out of words.  It is up to Haroun to restore his father's gifts and write his own happy ending...

Entertainment: ★★★★★

This story is short but so cute.  I have a feeling that the story will appeal to all ages - easily understandable for kids, but also satirical and whimsical for adults.

Plot: ★★★

The plot is simplistic and easy to predict, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Characters: ★★★★

The characters were so much fun to read about!  They spanned all sorts of imaginary races with a creativity and originality rare in much longer and more complex stories.  Also, they were funny.

Writing: ★★★★★

Rushdie is absolutely amazing.

End Result: four stars.  A good book, definitely worth your time.

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