Haroun And The Sea Of Stories

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a 1990 children 's book by Salman Rushdie. It was Rushdie 's fifth novel after The Satanic Verses. It is a phantasmagorical story that begins in a city so old and ruinous that it has forgotten its name.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories is an allegory for several problems existing in society today, especially in the Indian subcontinent. It looks at these problems from the viewpoint of the young protagonist Haroun. Rushdie dedicated this book to his son, from whom he was separated for some time.
It was made into an audiobook read by Rushdie himself.
Plot summary
At the beginning of the story, protagonist Haroun Khalifa lives with his father Rashid, a famous storyteller, and his mother Soraya, until the latter is seduced by their neighbor 'Mr. Sengupta ' to leave home. Thereafter Rashid is hired to speak on behalf of local politicians; but fails his initial assignment. The two are thence conveyed to the 'Valley of K ' by courier 'Mr. Butt ', to speak for 'Snooty Buttoo ', another politician. Attempting to sleep aboard Buttoo 's yacht, Haroun discovers 'Iff the Water Genie ', assigned to detach Rashid 's imagination, and demands conversation against this decision with Iff 's supervisor, the Walrus. They are then carried to the eponymous 'Sea of Stories ' by an artificial intelligence in the form of a hoopoe, nicknamed 'Butt ' after the courier. Of the Sea of Stories, Haroun learns it is endangered by antagonist 'Khattam-Shud '.
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