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Arabian Nights, Volume 1: The Marvels and Wonders of the Thousand and One Nights (Signet Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780451530592
ISBN10: 0451530594
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After King Shahryar had his wife killed for cheating, he began to corrupt-then kill-one virgin a night, as revenge on womankind. Then he meets Scheherazade, who, night after night, saves her own life by telling him fantastical tales of genies, wishes, terror, and passion.

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This collection of over 40 tales, including "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", and the Sinbad stories, is adapted directly from the unexpurgated 1886 10-volume translation by Sir Richard F. Burton. Line drawings.

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monicaprochnow, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by monicaprochnow)
Despite its intimidating size, this edition of Arabian Nights is a quick and easy read. Its contents are surprisingly familiar. Read on:

The tale begins, essentially, with a loving king whose wife has betrayed him. She was discovered to have had an affair with a slave, and the king immediately slays them both in response. Although his actions were justified by his authority, he is heartbroken over the loss of his wife. The king decides to marry each single woman in the kingdom, one at a time. After each nuptuals, the king enjoys them for a night, taking their maidenhood and satisfying his lusty pleasures, but then has them slayed the next day to prevent himself from falling victim again to another woman's infidelity. He is then free to marry another one that next night, only to repeat the slaying again. He does this until there are no more virgins left in the kingdom except his own adviser's daughter, whom the king has promised to spare. The daughter, who is intellectual and clever, insists that she marries the king anyway, and uses her storytelling skills every night to pique the king's intellectual interests and sparing future women from harm.

The majority of the book is the tales that the daughter (new queen) tells to the king each night, staving off her own demise. These tales include familiar ones like "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" and are in their original form.

The book has a story-within-a-story format, and it provides an interesting insight into an ancient Muslim culture. Some of these stories are a bit bloody and, on occasion, a bit formulaic, but the book is an enjoying read overall. Oh, and know that the Richard Burton who served as the translator is not the same Richard Burton who was married to the actress Elizabeth Taylor.
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monicaprochnow, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by monicaprochnow)
Despite its intimidating size, this edition of Arabian Nights is a quick and easy read. Its contents are surprisingly familiar. Read on:

The tale begins, essentially, with a loving king whose wife has betrayed him. She was discovered to have had an affair with a slave, and the king immediately slays them both in response. Although his actions were justified by his authority, he is heartbroken over the loss of his wife. The king decides to marry each single woman in the kingdom, one at a time. After each nuptuals, the king enjoys them for a night, taking their maidenhood and satisfying his lusty pleasures, but then has them slayed the next day to prevent himself from falling victim again to another woman's infidelity. He is then free to marry another one that next night, only to repeat the slaying again. He does this until there are no more virgins left in the kingdom except his own adviser's daughter, whom the king has promised to spare. The daughter, who is intellectual and clever, insists that she marries the king anyway, and uses her storytelling skills every night to pique the king's intellectual interests and sparing future women from harm.

The majority of the book is the tales that the daughter (new queen) tells to the king each night, staving off her own demise. These tales include familiar ones like "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "Aladdin and the Magic Lamp" and are in their original form.

The book has a story-within-a-story format, and it provides an interesting insight into an ancient Muslim culture. Some of these stories are a bit bloody and, on occasion, a bit formulaic, but the book is an enjoying read overall. Oh, and know that the Richard Burton who served as the translator is not the same Richard Burton who was married to the actress Elizabeth Taylor.
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SarahNicoleD, March 13, 2010 (view all comments by SarahNicoleD)
A breathtaking display of storytelling. A perfect book to relax to. You will not be able to set it down.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780451530592
Author:
Burton, Richard Francis
Publisher:
Signet Classics
Translator:
Burton, Sir Richard Francis
Introduction by:
Beaumont, Daniel
Introduction:
Beaumont, Daniel
Editor:
Zipes, Jack
Author:
Beaumont, Daniel
Author:
Zipes, Jack
Author:
Anonymous
Author:
Burton, Sir Richard Francis
Adapted by:
Zipes, Jack
Adapted:
Zipes, Jack
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Folklore
Subject:
Arabs
Subject:
Folklore -- Arab countries.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Signet Classics
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
7 x 4.44 x 1.34 in 0.64 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , This collection of over 40 tales, including "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", and the Sinbad stories, is adapted directly from the unexpurgated 1886 10-volume translation by Sir Richard F. Burton. Line drawings.
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