Review – Luka and the Fire of Life

Cover of Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman RushdieLuka and the Fire of Life, Salman Rushdie

I’ve been meaning to try something by Rushdie for a while, and the idea of trying something I hadn’t heard of by him sounded appealing. Especially since it’s a fable-like story set mostly in a fantasy world; that’s the sort of setting that most appeals to me. I actually don’t know much about the plots of Rushdie’s other books — just that there were a lot of objections to The Satanic Verses.

Luka and the Fire of Life is a fairly traditional fable in one way: a boy, seeing his father dying, must quest for the magical item that will restore him to life and allow him to live. But then there’s also gaming — Luka finishes levels, gathers extra lives, saves his game — and modern puns like the whole section with the Respectorate of I and the Otters (and the land of OTT, where everything is, well, over the top). It’s an odd juxtaposition at times, but I quite liked it — and Rushdie can certainly turn a phrase. I’m going to read more by him, but I think I’m glad I tried this first — it’s relatively short and unthreatening, so it might well make a good gateway drug.

Rating: 4/5

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2 thoughts on “Review – Luka and the Fire of Life

  1. I read Midnight’s Children years and years ago, but could do with a reread to see if I like it even more in retrospect. The Moor’s Last Sigh I stalled on, so maybe I ought to give that another go first. Luka however sounds like a quick and enjoyable read, so that must go to the top of the Rushdie pile, so thanks for this!

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