Haroun and the Sea of Stories

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When Haroun Khalifa’s father, the renowned storyteller Rashid Khalifa, loses his gift of gab, Haroun knows he has to help. Soon, he’s tumbled headfirst into an adventure story of his own, journeying toward the legendary Sea of Stories on the back of a flying Hoopoe bird. There, he finds a host of comical, unforgettable new friends, from Iff the Water Genie to Blabbermouth the page, and at the end of his quest, a formidable enemy – the Prince of Silence, Khattam-Shud himself. At once vastly humorous and deeply tender, Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a fantastical, witty contemporary fable and a powerful statement about the importance of storytelling. Salman Rushdie has created an instant classic - a dazzling read for children and adults alike that both celebrates and embodies the magic of fiction.
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Shalimar the Clown is a masterpiece from one of our greatest writers, a dazzling novel that brings together the fiercest passions of the heart and the gravest conflicts of our time into an astonishingly powerful, all-encompassing story.

Max Ophuls’ memorable life ends violently in Los Angeles in 1993 when he is murdered by his Muslim driver Noman Sher Noman, also known as Shalimar the Clown. At first the crime seems to be politically motivated – Ophuls was previously ambassador to India, and later US counterterrorism chief – but it is much more.

Ophuls is a giant, an architect of the modern world: a Resistance hero and best-selling author, brilliant economist and clandestine US intelligence official. But it is as Ambassador to India that the seeds of his demise are planted, thanks to another of his great roles – irresistible lover. Visiting the Kashmiri village of Pachigam, Ophuls lures an impossibly beautiful dancer, the ambitious (and willing) Boonyi Kaul, away from her husband, and installs her as his mistress in Delhi. But their affair cannot be kept secret, and when Boonyi returns home, disgraced and obese, it seems that all she has waiting for her is the inevitable revenge of her husband: Noman Sher Noman, Shalimar the Clown. He was an acrobat and tightrope walker in their village’s traditional theatrical troupe; but soon Shalimar is trained as a militant in Kashmir’s increasingly brutal insurrection, and eventually becomes a terrorist with a global remit and a deeply personal mission of vengeance.

With sweeping brilliance, Salman Rushdie portrays fanatical mullahs as fully as documentary filmmakers, rural headmen as completely as British spies; he describes villages that compete to make the most splendid feasts, the mentality behind martial law, and the celebrity of Los Angeles policemen, all with the same genius.

But the main story is only part of the story. In this stunningly rich book everything is connected, and everyone is a part of everyone else. Shalimar the Clown is a true work of the era of globalization, intricately mingling lives and countries, and finding unexpected and sometimes tragic connections between the seemingly disparate. The violent fate of Kashmir recalls Strasbourg’s experience in World War Two; Resistance heroism against the Nazis counterpoints Al-Qaeda’s terror in Pakistan, North Africa and the Philippines. 1960s Pachigam is not so far from post-war London, or the Hollywood-driven present-day Los Angeles where Max’s daughter by Boonyi, India Ophuls, beautiful, strong-willed, modern, waits, as vengeance plays itself out.

A powerful love story, intensely political and historically informed, Shalimar the Clown is also profoundly human, an involving story of people’s lives, desires and crises – India Ophuls’ desperate search for her real mother, for example; Max’s wife’s attempts to deal with his philandering – as well as, in typical Rushdie fashion, a magical tale where the dead speak and the future can be foreseen.

Shalimar the Clown is steeped in both the Hindu epic Ramayana and the great European novelists, melding the storytelling traditions of east and west into a magnificently fruitful blend – and serves, itself, as a corrective to the destructive clashes of values it scorchingly depicts. Enthralling, comic and amazingly abundant, it will no doubt come to be seen as one of the key books of our time.

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Odyssey Editions
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May 31, 2013
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Pages
219
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9781623730130
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English
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Fiction / General
Fiction / Humorous / General
Fiction / Literary
Juvenile Fiction / General
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1st book (Once upon a time) Publication date: AVAILABLE 
2nd book (Interlude) Publication date: AVAILABLE 

FOR ALL THOSE WHO STILL BELIEVE IN FAIRY TALES.

Erin has always believed in true love, like in fairy tales and romantic comedies. When she realized her Prince Charming still hadn’t made his appearance, she decided to start her quest for happiness by trying out her favorite romantic comedies in real life. 
Even though he still hasn’t crossed her path, her life has become more joyful, more colorful and more interesting. Even more marvelous: everyone around her has found happiness. So she's starting her journey again, more motivated than ever. 

One Fine Day, The Holiday, While You Were Sleeping, Letters to Juliet, Love Actually, so many beautiful stories to try out! Which will be the scenario for her next adventure? Why not draw inspiration from the film Ella Enchanted? The perfect combination of a romantic story and a magical world. Maybe the fairies of her childhood who are watching over her will finally write her happy ending 

EXCERPT 1 

“Are you planning to knock me out with that book?” “Sorry?” 
“Your expression isn’t very comforting about your intentions,” he says while taking the book from my hands. “For a moment there, I thought you were going to toss it at my head.” 
“You’re imagining things. Why would I want that?” 
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And to think that I spent my whole evening waiting for him to deny that he was in a relationship with Brooke! I try not to show my despair. The girls were right. If you play with fire, you’ll get burned. 

EXCERPT 2 

When everyone is gone, I fall on the couch, exhausted. The evening has been too intense for me in the end. Matt, the last one still remaining, doesn’t seem to be affected. 
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“You would have liked me to let you win?” 
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He bursts into laughter and ruffles my hair. “Don’t you think you’ve lost enough for tonight? You really want to challenge me?” 


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