Rushdie, Salman Luka and the Fire of Life
Random House/Knopf/Anchor/Three Rivers 2010 218p 25.00
978-0-679-46336-8 ms VG-BN
Luka must endure all sorts of frightening dangers as he journeys to the Fire of Life in order to save his father’s life.
This book employs vivid language, an enjoyable style, and a mix of traditional stories and modernity -- for example, video game and internet references -- that will resonate with pre-teens and teens. The characters are complex and well developed, and the story is filled with action, adventure, and a touch of humor as it moves toward its satisfying conclusion.
There is occasional dicey language, as the use of the word “ratshit” that may offend some. Fantasy Kennedy, Carol