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Haroun And The Sea Of Stories
Author: Salman Rushdie

Publisher: Penguin Books
ISBN: 0-14-014043-3
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Rashid is the Shah of Blah, with oceans of notions and the Gift of the Gab. Ask the Shah of Blah for a story and you won't get any old story. Nor will you get just one. You'll get many stories, hundreds of stories, funny and sad stories all of them juggled at once, complete with bits of sorcery and bits of love, princess, wicked uncles and fat aunts, mustachioed gangsters in yellow check pants and half a dozen catchy tunes. But one day things-many things-go terribily wrong. Rashid is left by his wife. Then, when Rashid opens his mouth, no story comes out: only a horrid barking sound. The Shah of Blah has lost his Gift of the Gab, because, unknown to him,something very bad has occurred: somewhere, somehow, the well-spring of all stories is slowly being contaminated. Khattam-Shud-the Prince of Silence and the Foe of Speech-has secretly set out to pollute the very Sea of Stories itself.