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Staff Pick

Award-winning novelist and master storyteller Salman Rushdie delivers once again with this enthralling fantasy novel aimed at younger readers. A follow-up to an earlier adult novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Luka and the Fire of Life follows the adventures of a young boy and his talking pets as they set off on a quest to save his father's life. So, gather the kiddies in your life and settle into a comfy chair — Luka and the Fire of Life is just the kind of engaging novel that simply begs to be read out loud. Fast paced, exciting, and written with humor, wit, and whimsy, everyone will hang on your breath as you turn the pages. Recommended for readers ages 14 and up.
Recommended by Sheila N., Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

You've reached the age at which people in this family cross the border into the magical world. It's your turn for an adventure — yes, it's finally here!

So says Haroun to his younger brother, twelve-year-old Luka, in Salman Rushdie's thrilling, delightful, lyrically crafted fable for the young and young at heart.

With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that have made Salman Rushdie one of the great storytellers of our time, Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This breathtaking new novel centers on Luka, Haroun's younger brother, who must save his father from certain doom.

For Rashid Khalifa, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, has fallen into deep sleep from which no one can wake him. To keep his father from slipping away entirely, Luka must travel to the Magic World and steal the ever-burning Fire of Life. Thus begins a quest replete with unlikely creatures, strange alliances, and seemingly insurmountable challenges as Luka and an assortment of enchanted companions race through peril after peril, pass through the land of the Badly Behaved Gods, and reach the Fire itself, where Luka's fate, and that of his father, will be decided.

Filled with mischievous wordplay and delving into themes as universal as the power of filial love and the meaning of mortality, Luka and the Fire of Life is a book of wonders for all ages. Filled with frolicking wordplay and unexpected twists, and fueled by the power of words and the imagination, this is Salman Rushdie at his best.

Review:

"Rushdie unleashes his imagination on an alternate world informed by the surreal logic of video games, but the author's entertaining wordplay and lighter-than-air fantasies don't amount to more than a clever pastiche. A sequel of sorts to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, this outing finds Haroun's younger brother, Luka, on a mission to save his father, guided, ironically, by Nobodaddy, a holograph-like copy of his father intent on claiming the old man's life. Along the way, they're joined by a collection of creatures, including a dog named Bear, a bear named Dog, hybrid bird-elephant beasts, and a princess with a flying carpet. As with video games, Luka stores up extra lives, proceeds to the next level after beating big baddies, and uses his wits to overcome bottomless chasms and trash-dropping otters. Rushdie makes good use of Nobodaddy, and his world occasionally brims with allegory (the colony of rats called the 'Respectorate of I' brings the Tea Party to mind), but this is essentially a fun tale for younger readers, not the novel Rushdie's adult fans have been waiting for. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Review:

“Brilliant wordplay throughout…A celebration of storytelling...and a colorful, kick-up-your-heels delight.” Kirkus Review (starred review)

Review:

“For Rushdie, as for the artists he writes about, the pen is a magician’s wand.” Financial Times

Synopsis:

Luka's father, Rashid, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, falls suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one can rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey through the world of magic.

Synopsis:

With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that have made Salman Rushdie one of the great storytellers of our time, Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This breathtaking new novel centers on Luka, Haroun’s younger brother, who must save his father from certain doom.

For Rashid Khalifa, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, has fallen into deep sleep from which no one can wake him. To keep his father from slipping away entirely, Luka must travel to the Magic World and steal the ever-burning Fire of Life. Thus begins a quest replete with unlikely creatures, strange alliances, and seemingly insurmountable challenges as Luka and an assortment of enchanted companions race through peril after peril, pass through the land of the Badly Behaved Gods, and reach the Fire itself, where Luka’s fate, and that of his father, will be decided.

Filled with mischievous wordplay and delving into themes as universal as the power of filial love and the meaning of mortality, Luka and the Fire of Life is a book of wonders for all ages.

About the Author

Salman Rushdie is the author of ten previous novels — Grimus, Midnight's Children (for which he won the Booker Prize and, recently, the Booker of all Bookers), 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 — and one collection of short stories, East, West. He has also published three works of nonfiction — The Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands: Essays and Criticism 1981-1991, and Step Across This Line — and co-edited two anthologies, Mirrorwork and Best American Short Stories 2008. He is a former president of American PEN.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679463368
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Rushdie, Salman
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20101116
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.6 x 6 x 1 in 1.0688 lb

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Product details 240 pages Random House - English 9780679463368 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Award-winning novelist and master storyteller Salman Rushdie delivers once again with this enthralling fantasy novel aimed at younger readers. A follow-up to an earlier adult novel, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Luka and the Fire of Life follows the adventures of a young boy and his talking pets as they set off on a quest to save his father's life. So, gather the kiddies in your life and settle into a comfy chair — Luka and the Fire of Life is just the kind of engaging novel that simply begs to be read out loud. Fast paced, exciting, and written with humor, wit, and whimsy, everyone will hang on your breath as you turn the pages. Recommended for readers ages 14 and up.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rushdie unleashes his imagination on an alternate world informed by the surreal logic of video games, but the author's entertaining wordplay and lighter-than-air fantasies don't amount to more than a clever pastiche. A sequel of sorts to Haroun and the Sea of Stories, this outing finds Haroun's younger brother, Luka, on a mission to save his father, guided, ironically, by Nobodaddy, a holograph-like copy of his father intent on claiming the old man's life. Along the way, they're joined by a collection of creatures, including a dog named Bear, a bear named Dog, hybrid bird-elephant beasts, and a princess with a flying carpet. As with video games, Luka stores up extra lives, proceeds to the next level after beating big baddies, and uses his wits to overcome bottomless chasms and trash-dropping otters. Rushdie makes good use of Nobodaddy, and his world occasionally brims with allegory (the colony of rats called the 'Respectorate of I' brings the Tea Party to mind), but this is essentially a fun tale for younger readers, not the novel Rushdie's adult fans have been waiting for. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Review" by , “Brilliant wordplay throughout…A celebration of storytelling...and a colorful, kick-up-your-heels delight.” (starred review)
"Review" by , “For Rushdie, as for the artists he writes about, the pen is a magician’s wand.”
"Synopsis" by , Luka's father, Rashid, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, falls suddenly and inexplicably into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one can rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka must embark on a journey through the world of magic.
"Synopsis" by , With the same dazzling imagination and love of language that have made Salman Rushdie one of the great storytellers of our time, Luka and the Fire of Life revisits the magic-infused, intricate world he first brought to life in the modern classic Haroun and the Sea of Stories. This breathtaking new novel centers on Luka, Haroun’s younger brother, who must save his father from certain doom.

For Rashid Khalifa, the legendary storyteller of Kahani, has fallen into deep sleep from which no one can wake him. To keep his father from slipping away entirely, Luka must travel to the Magic World and steal the ever-burning Fire of Life. Thus begins a quest replete with unlikely creatures, strange alliances, and seemingly insurmountable challenges as Luka and an assortment of enchanted companions race through peril after peril, pass through the land of the Badly Behaved Gods, and reach the Fire itself, where Luka’s fate, and that of his father, will be decided.

Filled with mischievous wordplay and delving into themes as universal as the power of filial love and the meaning of mortality, Luka and the Fire of Life is a book of wonders for all ages.

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