Haroun and the Sea of Stories Final Post

After finishing the book for the second time, I feel about the same as last time.  I think the book gets a lot better as you read through it and fully adjust to Rushdie’s style of writing.  I enjoyed seeing how the book wraps itself up, although I was bothered by the ending.  I feel like the ending was not what it should have been.  Haroun going back to his boring old normal life with his family isn’t what I pictured happening, nor does it satisfy my need for a good ending.  I’m left with a sense of emptiness and false happiness.  I pictured Haroun living an amazing and happy life with his dad on Kahani, spending time with his girlfriend, and later on wife, Blabbermouth.  Haroun living in that spectacular world with Iff and the Hoopoe is just what I pictured would happen and what I think Rushdie should have done, as the Hero’s Journey never just ends with the hero going back to his normal life and being satisfied.  But, maybe Rushdie has a reason for writing it the way that he did, as he wrote the rest of the novel so well.  There may be a chance that Rushdie wanted to reference the Wizard of Oz, as Dorothy returns home back to her normal life and way of living.  I remember getting the feeling that Dorothy was happy to return, and I didn’t get the same feeling when Haroun returned home, but that could have just been me.Image result for kahani haroun and the sea of stories

My favorite line from the last section of the book is said by The Walrus on page 202, and he says, “Happy endings must come at the end of something.  If they happen in the middle of a story, or an adventure, or the like, all they do is cheer things up for a while.”  I feel like this is a great topic for an in depth Touchstones discussion, as there’s a lot that I wonder about the quote.  I like this because this is relatable to my life, and makes a lot of sense, putting things in a different light than I saw before.  

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In our final discussion, we talked a lot about whether Haroun was having a dream or not.  I didn’t really like this discussion, as it didn’t seem like we were actually discussing the book, but following a long and ridiculous train of thought instead.  The discussion seemed like it was wasted to me, as there was little I could contribute, just the few that had the idea were talking about it.  I think that if we had talked about it a little in the beginning it would have worked, but we needed a pivot into something more book related, as I think there was a lot to discuss in the last part of the book, aside from the abstract thought of whether Haroun is really dreaming or not.  

I think that allusion is the most interesting lens to view this book through, as there are so many allusions that Rushdie makes to books I’m familiar with that I didn’t even notice going through the first time.  I’m able to see all of the references and I think about how he built a book out of other books from the real life Sea of Stories.  I kept seeing references to popular books like the Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. I think he did that because he liked certain elements of those books, so when writing his own book, he wanted to employ them for his own use.  I like how he built it as it adds more familiarity and makes it seem like a stereotypical book, but when you dig deeper it is so much more.  Image result for peter pan movie scene

Now that the story is over, revisiting the issue of fictional stories being morally good lies is really interesting.  I think that yes, technically all fictional stories are morally good lies, but I would change the word lie.  I’d change lie because it has such a negative connotation to it, when stories are so wonderful.  Stories tell a different version of events, and the reader is aware of the altered version, so I can’t fully support the idea with the negative word lie in there.Image result for haroun and the sea of stories hoopoe

In the end, I liked the book.  Reading the first few chapters before Haroun arrived in Kahani got a little disjointed, slow, and at times, really weird, but moving into the later chapters on Earth’s second moon was a lot more interesting and was written better in my opinion.  The flow into Kahani and the battle between the Chups and Gups, along with the spy mission to the shadow ship made things interesting.  I really enjoyed the idea of the normal kid being dropped in the middle of a conflict out of his world and then him going and solving it.  The book didn’t really surprise me at all except for the non ideal ending that I mentioned earlier, as it was pretty predictable with its plot.  The ending did disappoint me like I talked about earlier, as it was not what I pictured, but that could be due to my large expectations.  I think that Haroun is and will always be a wildly written book, with a lot of connections and a neat deeper meaning.  I don’t think that it will stick with me for a while, but I think that it will come to mind at times.  All in all, I enjoyed reading the book when I got into it, and it definitely led to some interesting discussions in class.



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