Luka and the Fire of Life (Paperback)
December 2010 Indie Next List
“Why ever do we read and tell those old tales of gods and godesses? Those has-beens are utterly silly! But Luka finds he needs them to save his father -- the Shah of Blah -- from his endless torpor. Master storyteller Rushdie wonderfully and delightfully reminds us why we need our stories, and of the sheer pleasure of words, upon words, upon words.”
— Lauren Losaw, The Bookloft, Great Barrington, MA
“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. The adventure begins one beautiful starry night in the land of Alifbay, when Luka’s father, Rashid, falls suddenly into a sleep so deep that nothing and no one can rouse him. To save him from slipping away entirely, Luka embarks on a journey through the world of magic with his loyal companions, Bear, the dog, and Dog, the bear. Together they encounter a slew of fantastical creatures, strange allies, and challenging obstacles along the way—all in the hope of stealing the Fire of Life, a seemingly impossible and exceedingly treacherous task.
About the Author
Salman Rushdie is the author of several novels, including "Grimus, Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, The Moor's Last Sigh, The Ground Beneath Her Feet, Fury", and "Shalimar the Clown". He has written collections of short stories, including "East, West", and co-edited with Elizabeth West a collection of Indian literature in English, "Mirrorwork". He has also published several works of nonfiction, among them T"he Jaguar Smile, Imaginary Homelands, The Wizard of Oz, " and "Joseph Anton", a memoir of his life under the fatwa issued after the publication of "The Satanic Verses".
“A magical fable . . . nonstop fun.”—The Washington Post
“A fantastic adventure tale.”—New York Post
“Riddles, puns and other wordplay enliven the writing. . . . The charm and cleverness of this buoyant fantasy will draw you into its Magical World.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Smart and entertaining . . . should please children and adults alike.”—The Miami Herald
“[Rushdie’s] exuberant wordplay is evident on every page.”—The New York Times Book Review
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