Review of “Haroun and the Sea of Stories”

Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alice in Wonderland, meet Arabian Nights and then have fun. The book is a paean to the necessity of fiction to life.

Now a bit on one of my pet peeves, the classification of books – I dislike the way is done.
Books are classified based on an idealized view of an audience so this was classified at one point as a YA novel, but even an OA (Old Adult) like me found it enchanting and was quickly engrossed in Haroun’s brave battle to restore the joy of stories.
Next, authors getting pigeonholed. Rushdie is usually classified as a literary author but what is often ignored is that he is a phenomenal fantasy writer and this is an example of it. He builds a totally believable world and then sets his story in it.

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