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The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

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Full of mischief and valor, ribaldry and romance, The Arabian Nights is a work that has enthralled readers for centuries. The text presented here is that of the 1932 Modern Library edition for which Bennett A. Cerf chose the "most famous and representative" of the stories from the multivolume translation of Richard F. Burton.

The origins of The Arabian Nights are obscure. About a thousand years ago a vast number of stories in Arabic from various countries began to be brought together; only much later was the collection called The Arabian Nights or the Thousand and One Nights. All the stories are told by Shahrazad (Scheherazade), who entertains her husband, King Shahryar, whose custom it was to execute his wives after a single night. Shahrazad begins a story each night but withholds the ending until the following night, thus postponing her execution.

This selection includes many of the stories that are universally known though seldom read in this authentic form: Alaeddin; or, the Wonderful Lamp," "Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." These, and the tales that accompany them, make delightful reading, demonstrating, as the Modern Library noted in 1932, that Shahrazad's spell remains unbroken.

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brunettegal418, December 30, 2007 (view all comments by brunettegal418)
This timeless collection of ancient stories pulls the reader into a different world of genies, magical islands, gold rich kings and sand dunes surrounding beautiful gardens. The Arabs have a saying that no one can finish the Arabian Nights in one setting, and after reading this book I must agree. The long collection of truly magical stories stops you from putting the book down yet makes you want to read it slower to truly savor the wonderful taste of a refreshingly magical collection of ancient stories.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780812972146
Translator:
Burton, Richard Francis
Introduction:
Byatt, A. S.
Translator:
Burton, Richard Francis
Introduction by:
BYATT, A.S.
Introduction:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
Translated, with a Preface and Notes, by Sir Richard F. Burton
Author:
Burton, Richard Francis
Author:
BYATT, A.S.
Author:
Burton, Richard
Publisher:
Modern Library
Subject:
General
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Arabs
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Tales -- Arab countries.
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;classics;folklore;classic;mythology;fantasy;fairy tales;short stories;literature;middle east;medieval;arabic literature;storytelling;arabic;islam;folktales;adventure;history
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
1104
Dimensions:
6.87 x 4.23 x 1.48 in 1 lb

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