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When Dreams Travel This novel takes up where The Arabian Nights left off and suggests what might have happened to the protagonists, Shahrzad the bride, Dunyazad the sister and Shahryar the sultan, when the story telling stopped


10 thoughts on “When Dreams Travel

  1. says:

    I started reading this book as a part of my MA programme Initially I found it intriguing but at the same time confusing It is the kind of book which you have to finish at one go Thebreaks you take theyou get detached from the story But once you delve deep into the story you can feel it unwrap itself layers by layers It feels like the fog surrounding you making you feel but something you cannot catch Geeta Hariharan s narration is beautiful She dosen t write stories she weave I started reading this book as a part of my MA programme Initially I found it intriguing but at the same time confusing It is the kind of book which you have to finish at one go Thebreaks you take theyou get detached from the story But once you delve deep into the story you can feel it unwrap itself layers by layers It feels like the fog surrounding you making you feel but something you cannot catch Geeta Hariharan s narration is beautiful She dosen t write stories she weaves them and you are caught in that web A story inside a story, stories which have two endings, stories with two perspectives, stories of two storytellers narrated by their two allies They make you shudder, they make you smile, they make you wonder, in short they make you part of them Fascinating book on stories and storytellers and the magic they spread


  2. says:

    When I received this book from a friend I honestly didn t know what to expect since I have yet to read The Arabian Nights.This book wasn t hard to read at all, in fact it was quite a pleasurable read I liked how Hariharan is able to weave a complete picture in one long, coherent, whimsical sentence I felt as though I was transported back in time to the world of Arabian Nights where caravans trudged past the desert a splendid white dome by the horizon sultans and sultanahs in all their regali When I received this book from a friend I honestly didn t know what to expect since I have yet to read The Arabian Nights.This book wasn t hard to read at all, in fact it was quite a pleasurable read I liked how Hariharan is able to weave a complete picture in one long, coherent, whimsical sentence I felt as though I was transported back in time to the world of Arabian Nights where caravans trudged past the desert a splendid white dome by the horizon sultans and sultanahs in all their regality Though at times I felt disconnected from the book, because of its link to its predecessor, I managed to enjoy it up to the end There were really nice stories in Hariharan s When Dreams Travel I ll definitely re read this book once I m done with The Arabian Nights in the future


  3. says:

    I couldn t make it through this book About a 100 pages in, and I still couldn t find my bearings as a reader This is not a criticism on the writing of the book, mind, its just that the fact that the entire story is being written in present tense vignettes made it very hard for me to engage with the story I m thinking that its not the right time for me to read this book, so it s going back on the shelf for now.For the curious, When Dreams Travel is a metafictional take on the 1001 Arabian Nigh I couldn t make it through this book About a 100 pages in, and I still couldn t find my bearings as a reader This is not a criticism on the writing of the book, mind, its just that the fact that the entire story is being written in present tense vignettes made it very hard for me to engage with the story I m thinking that its not the right time for me to read this book, so it s going back on the shelf for now.For the curious, When Dreams Travel is a metafictional take on the 1001 Arabian Nights, and the story takes place after Scheherazade has told all of her stories


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