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Luka and the Fire of Life

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

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    Marvelous Children's Adventure

    Luka is a twelve year old boy who lives in India with his family. He has a big brother, Haroun, and his parents, Rashid and Soraya. He was a perfectly normal boy, except. Except that his big brother had gone on a magical adventure. Except that his father was a famous storyteller, known as the Shah of Blab. Except that Luka had been born when his parents were in their forties, and had the magical ability to make them younger instead of their real age. Except that Luka was left-handed, with all the magical and sinister facets that fact opened up. Except that Luka had the power of the curse. He had cursed the local circus which treated its animals horribly and had thus acquired his two best friends, Dog and Bear. Dog was a famous dancing bear, while Bear, the dog, could sing any song.

    One day the unimaginable happened. Luka’s father, Rashid, fell ill. He went to sleep and wouldn’t wake up and as time went by, started to disappear a bit at a time. What could be done? The doctors held out no hope and everyone else seemed willing to give up. Luka could not accept that. Out for a walk, he met a strange man, a man who looked like his father named Nobodaddy, and he told Luka what could save Rashid. Luka would need to enter the world of magic and steal the Fire of Life. The Fire of Life could revive his father. The man agreed to go with Luka and be his guide through all the dangers such a trip would entail.

    Thus the journey began. Luka, Dog, Bear and Nobodaddy had many adventures and encountered magical beings. Some were friends who helped on the mission, others were deadly enemies. There were the elephant-ducks, who remembered all things. The Respectorate of Rats was populated by politically correct rats, who were determined to jail Luka and his friends, but they were saved by the sudden appearance of The Insultana of Ott, a vibrant, exultant, insulting female ruler. There were magical beings galore, and all the ancient gods and goddesses of all cultures and countries were encountered, some to help, some trying their best to stop the band of travelers. Could Luka overcome the obstacles and capture the Fire of Life, the fire that no one in history had been able to steal, in time to save his father?

    Salman Rushdie has created a magical place in which the reader can frolic for a time. The language is glorious, painting marvelous images and full of inventive word-play. This is Rushdie at his best yet more accessible so that even children can delight in his inventive mind. This book is recommended for all readers who remain young at heart, ready to be amazed and uplifted.

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  • Posted November 19, 2011

    A Wonderful Journey

    This book has perhaps changed my perception of what fantasy can be and has definitely become a favorite of mine- I will buy it and read it over continuously!

    If anyone has read Salman Rushdie's other work, you would know that he is not a man with very little to say, yet at the same time, everything he says is worthwhile. There are so many wonderful quotes in this story and he is a masterful story teller!
    He definitely got me thinking and laughing at his ideas involving mythology and its gods. There are a lot of traditional fairy tale elements that are recognizable and really fun- such as the importance of riddles and names :)
    If you love mythology, I think you would be the one to enjoy this immensely, since he references a lot- Greek, Roman, Aztec, Eqyptian, Japanese, etc...all of them in there!

    All the characters are very likable and you always feel like you kind of know them personally and think of them fondly. Not to mention the fact that the plot is intricate yet it flows nicely and you definitely feel like you've stepped into another world with Luka. It definitley has a Wonderland feel to it. And despite it being a "short" book, in my opinion, he manages to pace all the events so well that nothing seems too rushed.

    One of the things I must point out though, is Rushdie's writing style. He writes in a way which affords no distractions, his style seems slow paced and I admit, I would have to put down the book a few times, but it's worth reading. The beginning of the story IS slow, considering it is within the real world and deals with introductions within Luka and his family's life. This book isn't an easy read and some people will probably not like the book because of it- but if you are steadfast and continue reading, you will find yourself loving the way he writes- it's so descriptive and vivd. In my opnion, it is exactly the style of what a traditional story teller would tell it, so it is very appropriate.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Great book!

    I really loved this book because of all the adventure and excitement, it is one of those rare books you can't stop reading.

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