By Salman Rushdie
R is for Rushdie. Set in an unique jap panorama peopled by means of magicians and incredible conversing animals, Salman Rushdie’s vintage children’s novel Haroun and the ocean of Stories inhabits a similar inventive area as Gulliver’s Travels, Alice in Wonderland, and The Wizard of Oz. Haroun, a 12-year-old boy units out on an event to revive the poisoned resource of the ocean of news. at the manner, he encounters many foes, all purpose on draining the ocean of all its storytelling powers.
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One minute you’ve got a lucky star watching over you and the next instant it’s done a bunk. ~ ~ ~ In the sad city, people mostly had big families; but the poor children got sick and starved, while the rich kids overate and quarrelled over their parents’ money. ’ Well, what was that supposed to mean? ‘We used up our full quota of child-stuff just in making you,’ Rashid explained. ‘It’s all packed in there, enough for maybe four-five kiddies. ’ Straight answers were beyond the powers of Rashid Khalifa, who would never take a short cut if there was a longer, twistier road available.
They were so high that there were clouds in the gorges below them, and the mountainsides were covered in thick, dirty snow and the passengers were shivering with cold. The only sound to be heard in the Mail Coach was the chattering of teeth. Everyone had fallen into a scared and frozen silence, while Mr Butt was concentrating so hard on his high-speed driving that he had even stopped yelling ‘Yahoo’ and pointing out the sites of particularly gruesome accidents. Haroun had the feeling that they were floating on a sea of silence, that a wave of silence was lifting them up, up, up towards the mountaintops.
Rashid hopefully inquired, but the shouting men shouted, ‘More cash demands! Cheek! ’ and drove away at high speed, forcing dogs and cows and women with baskets of fruit on their heads to dive out of the way. Loud music and rude words continued to pour out of the car as it zigzagged away into the distance. Rashid didn’t even bother to shake his fist. Haroun followed him towards the Ticket Office across a dusty courtyard with walls covered in strange warnings: IF YOU TRY TO RUSH OR ZOOM YOU ARE SURE TO MEET YOUR DOOM was one of them, and ALL THE DANGEROUS OVERTAKERS END UP SAFE AT UNDERTAKER’S was another, and also LOOK OUT!