153Re: Haroun and the Sea of Stories
- Oct 10, 2003Good timing I just finished Haroun about 3 months ago. So at
least you and I can generate some banter on one of Rushdie's
least popular works. `Haroun And The Sea Of Stories' is
Rushdie's attempt at a children's story. So, if you
didn't know that going into the read, you probably had a pretty
bizarre experience. My thoughts are as follows: Haroun is a
rather complex (for a children's book) fairytale about the magic
land where stories/tales/imagination originate. The fairytale is
an allegory for the creative process of storytelling. Rushdie toys
around with the idea of creative energies and destructive
energies, and weaves an intricate tale of their battle. Obviously
Rushdie is referencing his own experience with the destructive
energies that violently reacted to his most famous tale `The
When taken in the context of a children's tale, I think the book
is a successful, playful creation.
If you have any interest in movies, I HIGHLY suggest checking
out Marc Caro & Jean-Pierre Jeunet's film `THE CITY OF LOST
CHILDREN.' Caro and Jeunet are best known for the film
`Amelie.' `THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN' is a bizarre
tale about a mad scientist who cannot dream and therefore
kidnaps children in an attempt to tap into their dreams. The film
closely parallels Haroun, so much so that you may wonder if
Caro and Jeunet were inspired by Rushdie's story. LOST
CHILDREN is a French film, so get the DVD if possible so that
you may hear it dubbed in English. Please please please write
back if you see the film. I will be interested in your reaction to
the film and interested to see if it helps to clarify Rushdie's
motivation in Haroun.
P.S. What inspired you to pick up Haroun?
p e a c e
> Just finished it. Have no idea what the point to this book is.
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