Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Season 6, Episode 1: LAX (Parts 1 & 2)
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie appears only briefly in the Season 6 opener, "LAX." Desmond is reading this book on the flight in the sideways reality. One of our many questions: Why is Desmond on the flight? But as for the book, it is the story of a young, curious, courageous, outspoken child who suffers from a disorder that causes him to lose concentration after 11 minutes. His father, a master storyteller, travels in his dreams and wakes to a city so old that no one can remember its name.
Elements of the story are said to have been drawn from L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz, J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, dealing with the now-familiar Lost themes of light versus darkness, good versus evil, and speech versus silence.