Haroun and the Sea of Stories is turning out to be a very interesting book, I am starting to see more similarities to real life and how parts of the book are mimicking real life problems and issues that are prevalent in the world. The book is becoming less Wonderland as I had first thought in my original post but has become more like a fairy tale and has incorporated morals and meaning behind the whimsical and sometimes nonsensical storyline of this book. Some of what i have seen in this book is that it relates to allegory very strongly, the way it portrays political figures and authority is somewhat satirical but can relate to Salman Rushdie experiences with the Satanic Verses controversy as well as common problems  with governments.

When looking at the government of Gup you see a lot of interesting allegorical devices, one of the biggest I have noticed is the P2C2E that runs everything on Kahani or whatever the water genie doesn’t want to explain. This represents the shield a government has on its citizens, not everything is explained to known to everybody, you can talk about the ideal version of a government but behind all that schmoozing, pork barrel legislation and negotiation are going on. Citizens rely on a government to keep their best interests in mind and not arguably useless things such as Kahani’s movement locker that keeps Chup in Darkness, or in Salman Rushdie’s case where the Ayatollah acted for no benefit to their own people besides controversy and ordered for the death of Salman Rushdie due to his depiction of Muhammed the prophet in his book Satanic Verses.

A depiction of Prince Bolo by Adam Coffia

One of the notions that came up in our discussion which I thought was interesting was the book’s look on the self obsessive and often brash nature of politicians. We focused on the army and Prince Bolo of Kahani. The individual soldiers are pages whose uniforms consist of excerpts from famous stories. except each story has been changed by replacing the main character with Prince Bolo. This I think is mocking the self obsessiveness of politicians. Prince Bolo is Rushdie’s character to express his disgust and amusement at politicians, even the name of the character is mocking politicians. The name comes from the word bolna which means to speak which for bolo is usually something stupid and brash, sounds a lot like a politician we all know, cough Trump cough.

A question that I touched on in my last post was why would a politician hire a storyteller who tells whether he has said a lie or not. My answer at this point is that politicians want to tell their citizens a story whether that story is true or not doesnt matter, what really matters is what you get from that story. Mr Snooty Buttoo wants a story to make the people feel good and accepting allowing for them to fall under his influence and give him their vote. In the end this does not happen and Rashid instead tells them about Haroun and the Sea of Stories which inspires them to tell off ol’ Snoody and put someone in power that they actually like.

This book might just be one of my favorite books, there is so much within this book that it seems endless, next post I will be adding a bit to the post where i just want to talk about the classes’ central unit question…..Whats the use of stories that aren’t even true.

There is also an opera about this book…..take a look

I found Adam’s work on his Google Site, all art credit goes to him and does not in anyway belong to me ( It is copyrighted….)


2 thoughts on “Haroun and the Sea of Stories #2

  1. I found your insight on the political allegory to be really interesting because I hadn’t thought in depth about the P2C2E and about why Snooty Buttoo would want to hire Rashid if he doesn’t tell true stories. I like how your posts are very reflective and easy to read.


  2. This blog post was quite an interesting read. I liked your in-depth explanations of observations and allegorical devices (I especially thought the part about the P2C2E was cool), along with the question you touched upon as well. Overall your posts are well-written and reflective.


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