Searching for clues in ‘Haroun and the Sea of Stories’

For the Lost fans among us: EW.com’s Jeff Jensen just posted an extensive analysis of the parallels between Salman Rushdie’s novel ”Haroun and the Sea of Stories” and the show. (The character Desmond was seen carrying a copy of the book during the season premiere.)

I’ve never gotten into Lost, but this paragraph makes me want to read Haroun:

Haroun and the Sea of Stories begins in a profoundly sad city filled with ruins and choked with black smoke — so profoundly sad it had forgotten its name. Yet in the heart of the city lives a seemingly happy family. Meet Rashid Khalifa, master storyteller. Rashid can tell any kind of story — dramatic, comedic, mysterious, tragic, absurd — but were all marked by meaning. His power to move his audience — to delight them; to express their experience through fictions; to direct them toward eternal truths — is remarkable. It has brought him some degree of financial security and much respect, though it also makes him a target for exploitation by marketers and politicians.

Another interesting fact about the book is that Rushdie apparently started wrote the novel after his then 9-year-old son Zafar suggested he write a children’s book.

I wonder how many Lost fans read the book after it appeared in that episode. It’s always interesting to hear about the unconventional ways we sometimes are drawn to literature. I will readily admit that I read Love in the Time of Cholera after it played a small but significant role in the movie Serendipity.

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