Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Who is I. M. D. Walrus from Haroun and the Sea of Stories and what is their importance?

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The Walrus is a leader, much like the Wizard is a man risen to power almost like a deity. Rushdie the author paid homage to the nonsensical, free flowing song by the Beatles " I am the Walrus" by contrasting the Egghead or the placid powers that be.