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The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  702 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
In the busy village square, Lukas is drawn to a magician called Battisto the Magnificent, who promiese adventure to anyone who will pay for it. Anxious for excitement, Lukas spends a silver coin and volunteers to take part in Battisto's magic. He is plunged into a tub of water and finds himself washed ashore in a new land of palaces and hidden treasure.

To his astonishment,
Paperback, 213 pages
Published May 1st 1998 by Puffin Books (first published September 28th 1978)
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In this middle-grade tale inspired by fifteenth-century Persian history, lovable good-for-nothing Lukas-Kasha is magically transported to an unknown kingdom, where he quite accidentally is selected by the chief soothsayer to become the new king. Though all his fantasies of the good life have suddenly been realized, Lukas manages to flub it up by actually trying to be a good king. Before long he's on the run with an ascerbic former slave girl and an impudent public versifier, and many more advent ...more
Apr 24, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
This was, I believe, the first book I ever read by the author of the wonderful Prydain Chronicles and so many other favorite books. It was when I was a child myself, and not just a grown-up specializing in book reviews of children's books. Coming back to it after so many years, I remembered only a little about it, apart from the exotic impression it left behind. And now having re-read it, I am understandably struck by a sense of the familiar - but surprisingly, not because I can remember the exp ...more
I couldn’t say exactly why, but ever since I first read it, The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha has been one of my favorite Lloyd Alexander books. It’s certainly true to his style: bumbling boys who haven’t a clue getting thrown into adventures in which they grow hugely; brave, bright young women who are more than they seem; foolish poets who are wiser than they appear; grand adventure at every turn; humor and irony abundantly available; and lessons to be learned in the most enjoyable way of all– ...more
Sep 29, 2013 Emory rated it really liked it
The first Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha
Lukas-Kasha, a beggar boy, is pushed through a bucket into a magical land called Abadan. While escaping from a power-hungry vizier, Lukas-Kasha gains amazing friends and both wonderful and terrifying experiences.
The First Two Lives Of Lukas-Kasha is an exciting, action-filled story that is interesting, and fun to read.

The characters in this story were phenomenal. I could really emphasize with them, and their personalities were varied. My favorite character wa
Apr 18, 2007 Gopi rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
This book is worth reading for if nothing else than the curses and insults:

"Scrofulous camel in the tent of prosperity!"

"May you have the seven-year itch and only two years to scratch"

It's is a great adventure story, set in a different world, with a great sense of humor sprinkled throughout.
Joshua Van Dereck
Jun 21, 2016 Joshua Van Dereck rated it it was amazing
The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha is a marvelous little book. Weaving fairytale-style narrative together with elements from The Kestrel perhaps from Coelho's, The Alchemist, and plot pieces that mimic what Addison later constructed in The Goblin Emperor, Alexander really outdid himself in this forgotten little novel. I would wager that it's likely his best piece, fully rivaling The Black Cauldron, making up for its lack of 'dark' gravity with humor, wit, and not a little wisdom.

Lukas-Kasha is a
Nov 05, 2011 Mara rated it really liked it
One of Lloyd Alexander's better stories. As usual, the Author manages to introduce and familiarize the Reader with the main character very quickly, while wasting absolutely no time in delving into the story. Lukas-Kasha is hilarious right off - a likable Aladdin, in many ways - and promises to be one of those cheeky, witty fellows who is surprisingly fun and not just a completely useless lout. And naturally, all of the characters Lukas meets along his adventures all have unquie personalities, ut ...more
Miss Clark
Sep 23, 2008 Miss Clark rated it liked it
Recommended to Miss Clark by: Angie
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Jason Sunderland
Dec 31, 2015 Jason Sunderland rated it it was ok
The story of 'The First Two Lives of Lukas-Kasha' is a very wonderful and very cliched story. In a few ways it mirrors the story of Aladdin in the way that the protagonists life is changed immediately by some from of magic or mystical power. This mystical power takes the form of an old peddler in a bazaar who shoved Lukas' face in a bucket of water for money. Lukas is transported to a whole new world and becomes king under completely ridiculous pretenses. Lukas soon learns that his highest advis ...more
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Oct 06, 2013 Books Kids Like rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alexander-lloyd
The morning Lukas drops a silver penny in Battisto the Magnificent's hat, he finds his head thrust in a container of water. Next thing he knows, he is floating in an ocean far from home. Swimming ashore, he sees soldiers coming. As Lukas scrambles up the rocky beach, he slips and hits his head. He awakens to find himself King of Abadan. Shugdad, the Grand Vizier, and Nahdir Aga, Commander of the Guards, are displeased with Lukas' quick ascension to the throne. When he flees for his life, he take ...more
Kay Iscah
May 03, 2013 Kay Iscah rated it liked it
Normally I can't praise Lloyd Alexander's stuff highly enough, but I have to admit this book left me rather flat. The plot kind of meandered, Lukas wasn't a particularly engaging protagonist, actually everyone read like a caricature. The text itself sometimes felt like there were chunks missing. I feel bad for saying that, because I just finished writing a somewhat minimalist piece myself...but it felt very rushed, particularly given that most fo the action seemed to take place in a dream sequen ...more
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Nov 21, 2013 Kailey (BooksforMKs) rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
This author always has really exciting and well-organized plots with plenty of action and mystery and adventure and plot twists! However, his characters are not well-developed, and they always seem very wooden, almost robotic. He is terrible about "telling" instead of "showing." I don't want you to TELL me that these two characters annoy each other. SHOW me that they are annoyed through their dialogue and their actions. Don't TELL me that these two became friends, and then just jump into the res ...more
The Winter Rose
Aug 13, 2013 The Winter Rose rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
As an eternal fan of Lloyd Alexander, I was overjoyed when a friend of mine handed me her copy of this book - a story of Mr. Alexander's I was completely unfamilar with.

Like most of Alexander's works, this story continues the tradition of being a very classical middle grade adventure. Lukas-Kasha and his companions are delightfully compelling and colorful characters.

It is a simple and fun adventure that is a breath of fresh air in a time when the children's literature industry insists on churni
Carl Nelson
May 11, 2014 Carl Nelson rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. Imaginative and inventive story infused with exotic Persian influences. Alexander writes with memorable characters exuding personality, and what I like best about this book is the emphasis on cleverness and intelligence. Lukas is a delightful rogue of a character, and his companions are writ no less large. The ending was a bit of a roguish trick by Alexanter as well--while I suspected what the ending had to be, when it came to pass I felt very let down. The final page totally redeemed ...more
Feb 21, 2008 Justin rated it really liked it
Another childhood favorite of mine. A boy lets a magician dunk his head into a bucket of water to prove the magician a charlatan. Next thing the boy knows, he pulls his head out of the the ocean, not a bucket. He then goes on to become a prince, rescue a princess, and have all sorts of adventures before he is again in the waves at sea. He surfaces to find himself pulling his head out of the bucket, the magician chuckling at him. Great book.
Feb 13, 2011 Josh rated it really liked it
I read lots of Lloyd Alexander as a kid. I had fond memories of this one and so decided to read it to my son, Alex. He got bored halfway through. Children are allowed to reject their parents' old favorites? Who knew? I carried on and finished the book. It's different than my dim memory of it, but still great. Lloyd Alexander's light touch and sense of humor shine through. I'm quite sure I'll get back to the Chronicles of Prydain books one day, with or without Alex.
Oct 28, 2009 Kami rated it really liked it
I've always loved Lloyd Alexander's books, and this one didn't disappoint. I really enjoyed Lukas's character. He grew and learned a lot throughout the story. I also enjoyed the other characters, especially the ones that had bigger roles to play than the first initial meeting, like Osman, the water bearer, and others. I loved the whole environment that Alexander put together. The culture and areas were fun to read about.
May 02, 2016 Lina rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I frankly can not resist any of Lloyd Alexander's books. Every time I pick up one of his books I get swept away to another world and I am oblivious to everything else except Alexander's perfect works of art. I haven't read all of his books but I plan to. I recommend his books to everybody! I cannot fathom where he got all his awesome ideas, but if I was to be an author I would certainly want to be one like him.
Bobbie Grob
Jul 14, 2013 Bobbie Grob rated it it was amazing
I've been a huge Lloyd Alexander fan for more than 25 years. His stories draw me in every time, and each time a book ends, I can't help but be sad. The First Two Lives of Lukas Kasha is a wonderful story, full of magic, mischief, and childish ways that turn suddenly and land in a forced maturity. Wonderful.
Apr 25, 2010 Mr_reader rated it it was amazing
A very good book for people that like fantasy. It is about a boy called Lukas Kasha that when he sees a magician in the town square he volunteers to help do a magic trick and gets sent to a far-off world. I especially liked how it felt like you were inside Lukas' mind.
Laura Wilson-anderson
Mar 11, 2009 Laura Wilson-anderson rated it it was amazing
Lloyd Alexander has been my favorite author since grade school (may he rest in peace). This is my favorite of all the books he wrote. I haven't read it for a while, but when I re-read it, I will post a review.
Aug 10, 2008 Mary rated it it was amazing
Very, very funny and adventurous. I think it is one of my favorite books by Lloyd Alexander.
I love this book!
Sep 12, 2007 Alison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Teen fantasy good for adults as well.
Oct 01, 2007 Mary-Beth rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
Another decent fantasy novel in which an extremely lazy young man becomes a king by chance and discovers that the job isn't as easy as he might have imagined.
Nov 03, 2015 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick, fun read. Plenty of good wit and things that tied up nicely.
good book, hated the ending
Jul 28, 2013 Kirsa rated it really liked it
I've never read any of Lloyd Alexander's stories other than his Taran Wanderer series before now. This is a nice Persian-inspired tale.
May 13, 2010 Elizabeth rated it liked it
Just fyi - the end is anticlimactic. I'm not sure what Alexander wanted to convey, but it is interesting.
Jan 12, 2009 Ilianne rated it really liked it
If you think about it, if something like this happened to you, your life would change dramatically.
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Lloyd Chudley Alexander (January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007) was an influential American author of more than forty books, mostly fantasy novels for children and adolescents, as well as several adult books. His most famous contribution to the field of children's literature is the fantasy series The Chronicles of Prydain. The concluding book of the series, The High King, was awarded the Newbery Medal i ...more
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