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Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
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Apr 01, 2012

really liked it

The book has been given a unique framework based on video games. It is a story of a little boy 'Luka' who travels through the 'World of Magic' in a quest to retrieve the 'Fire of Life' to save his storyteller father Rashid Khalifa who is the creator 'World of Magic'. In his quest 'Luka' has to finish 9 Levels with the limited lives available and at the end of every level there is a golden button to save the progress. Apart from this interesting framework, the author brings in questions of reality, questions of philosophy, questions of right and wrong. Though the presence of these questions is quite subtle, its interesting to see how 'Luka' thinks about them, always trying to recall what his dad thought him. This also brings out the strong relation between father and son and how important the role of stories is in today's world. Also, the usage of unique names for characters and puns intended gives the read a comical twist.
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Aaron Burns Nice review Sajneesh. Just finished this one, the first Rushdie book I've completed, next up is Midnight's Children which I ran out of time and only got maybe 50 pages into a year back.

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