Haroun and the Sea of Stories

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Haroun and the Sea of Stories SALMAN RUSHDIE Novel, 1990. Summary. In this story we encounter storytelling as a means of saving your identity, your relationship with your family, and perhaps even your life—which means that, in a sense, you are saving a world. The British-Indian author Salman Rushdie (b. 1947) had to go underground after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses in 1988. The book was considered blasphemous to Islam by the fundamentalist government of Iran, which issued a death warrant against him. He says that he reached a point where he was so distressed he wasn’t able to think of any stories to tell. But he worked himself out of his depression, and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, a book for children and other…show more content…
So now the moment for wishing has passed, and he must try something else. But the Water-Genie is now distracted, because a problem has come up: Someone is polluting the Sea of Stories, and he suspects the leader of the Land of Chup, a land in perpetual darkness on the other side of the moon. The leader’s name is Khattam-Shud. Going with the Genie to Gup City, Haroun finds, to his surprise, that his father is already there—he has made use of a home brew to travel to faraway places and is now being accused of being a spy for the Chupwalas. Rashid is able to explain the situation because he landed in the Twilite area and heard interesting things, and now they learn about the evil intent of Khattam-Shud: Not only is he opposed to stories and fantasies, he also wants to do away with speech altogether and has enforced strict Silence Laws. Haroun and a few helpers from Gup now travel into the twilight and on to the dark land of Chup, where shadows have acquired a life of their own, and through many dangers and adventures they reach the heart of the Chup empire, a Factory Ship that makes poison to spill into the Sea of Stories. Khattam-Shud’s plan is to block the very source of stories with a plug and spread silence and darkness. Finally they see Khattam-Shud himself, and Haroun is rather surprised: He is a scrawny, skinny, weasly type, and he looks a lot like Mr. Sengupta, who stole his mother away. And when he
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