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When his storyteller father falls into a profound sleep, a twelve-year-old boy endeavors to save him by journeying through the Magic World, where he must overcome phantasmagorical obstacles in order to steal the Fire of Life.

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Overview

When his storyteller father falls into a profound sleep, a twelve-year-old boy endeavors to save him by journeying through the Magic World, where he must overcome phantasmagorical obstacles in order to steal the Fire of Life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780606231701
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
One of the most celebrated writers of our time, SALMAN RUSHDIE is the author of ten previous novels— Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize in 1981, the Booker of Bookers in 1993, and, in 2008, the Best of the Booker), Shame, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury, Shalimar the Clown, and The Enchantress of Florence. He has also published four works of non-fiction, a collection of short stories, and edited two fiction anthologies. In June 2007, Rushdie was appointed a Knight Bachelor by Queen Elizabeth II for services to literature. He holds the rank Commandeur in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and began a five-year term as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Emory University in 2007. In May 2008, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and also in 2008, the London Times ranked Rushdie thirteenth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". For two years he served as president of The PEN American Center, the world's oldest human rights organization, and is the chair of PEN's World Voices Festival of International Literature, an annual literary festival he began in New York in 2001. Rushdie is currently working on the film version of Midnight's Children.

Biography

Born in Mumbai, India, and educated in the U.K., multi-award-winning novelist Salman Rushdie is considered one of the most important and influential writers of contemporary English-language fiction.

Rushdie freelanced for two London advertising firms before turning to a full-time writing career. He made his literary debut in 1975 with Grimus, a sci-fi fantasy that made a very small splash in publishing circles. However, he hit the jackpot with his second novel, Midnight's Children, an ambitious allegory that parallels the turbulent history of India before and after partition. Widely considered Rushdie's magnum opus, Midnight's Children was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981. (Twelve years later, a panel of judges named it the best overall novel to have won the Booker Prize since the award's inception in 1975; and in 2005, Time included it on a list of the 100 best English-language novels published since 1923.)

Undoubtedly, though, the book that put Rushdie squarely on the cultural radar screen was The Satanic Verses. Published in 1988 and partially inspired by the life of the prophet Muhammad, this erudite study of good and evil won the Whitbread Book Award, but achieved far more notoriety when Muslim fundamentalists condemned it for its blasphemous portrayal of Islam. The book was banned in many Muslim countries, a fatwa was issued by the Iranian Ayatollah, and a multimillion dollar bounty was placed on Rushdie's head. The novelist spent much of the 1990s in hiding, under the protection of the British government. (In 1998, Iran officially lifted the fatwa, but threats against Rushdie's life still reverberate throughout the Muslim world.)

Even without the controversy inspired by The Satanic Verses, Rushdie's literary fame would be assured. His novels comprise a unique body of work that draws from fantasy, mythology, religion, and magic realism, blending them all with staggering imagination and comic brilliance. He has created his own idiom, pushing the boundaries of language with dazzling wordplay and a widely admired "chutnification" of history. His books have won most major awards in Europe and the U.K. and have garnered praise from critics around the world. Britain's Financial Times called him "Our most exhilaratingly inventive prose stylist." Time magazine raved, "No novelist currently writing in English does so with more energy, intelligence and allusiveness than Rushdie." And the writer Christopher Hitchens lamented in the Progressive that were it not for the death threats against him, Rushdie would surely be a Nobel laureate by now.

In addition to his bestselling novels, Rushdie has also produced essays, criticism, and a book of children's fiction. In 2007, Rushdie was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. The citation reads: "Ahmed Salman Rushdie -- author, for services to literature."

Good To Know

Rushdie was short-listed for The Literary Review's Bad Sex Award in 1995 for The Moor's Last Sigh, which included such verses as "For ever they sweated pepper ‘n' spices sweat."

Rushdie participated in a two-day, U.S. State Department conference entitled "Why Do They Hate Us?" for 50 diplomats in the wake of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.

Rushdie's first novel was a literate sci-fi fantasy entitled Grimus. Although it made only a very small splash in publishing circles, the book was deemed outstanding enough to be selected by a panel of distinguished writers (including Brian Aldiss, Kingsley Amis, and Arthur C. Clarke) as the best science fiction novel of 1975. However, at the last minute, his publishers withdrew the book from consideration, fearing that, if he won, Rushdie would never be able to shake the label of "genre writer."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Ahmed Salman Rushdie
    2. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 19, 1947
    2. Place of Birth:
      Bombay, Maharashtra, India
    1. Education:
      M.A. in History, King's College, University of Cambridge

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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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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    I've looked at a lot of different fantasy forums online and lists people make of fun fantasy books and I'm surprised to never see Rushdie on the list. I'd say just because he has an esteemed literary reputation, he shouldn't be precluded from having some of his books considered fantasy. There's a whole demographic ignoring his books--and they'd probably love them! This is written in the same vein as a lot of contemporary fantasy books. If you like Neil Gaiman's books (Anansi Boys and Neverwhere in particular) you'll like this one too. Its basically about a boy caught up in an Alice in Wonderland situation, whisked away to a world unfamilar to him. This world is meant to resemble a video game. There's lots of metafiction and wordplay to satisfy readers of literary fiction too.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    A Fun Read

    This book is bright in every aspect of the writing. The language is rich and colorful. The characters are for the most realistic, bright and happy. The plot is bright and twisting if not a little predictable at points. I could really relate to the main character because if my father was falling deathly ill, I would do anything in my power to save him. I would even risk my own life. The thing that bothered me about this book was that, the plot was completely shaped by outside forces. I felt as though Luka, the main character, did not do enough, and was not really strong enough to feel like the real savior and true protagonist. There were many great characters in the story such as Bear the Dog and Dog the Bear. These characters were so quirky and creative, that you almost didn't mind that they were the ones who solved Luka's problems. Be warned, if you don't like fantasy, this book is not for you. However, if you are looking for a fun, enlightening, and cultural read, then try this out and it will be greatly enjoyed.

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