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The Arabian Nights

The tales of told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature, as recounted by Sir Francis Burton. From the epic adventures of "Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp" to the farcical "Young Woman and her Five Lovers" and the social criticism of "The Tale of the Hunchback", the stories depict a fabulous world of all-powerful sor...

Details The Arabian Nights

TitleThe Arabian Nights
Release DateJun 1st, 2004
PublisherModern Library
GenreClassics, Fiction, Fantasy, Short Stories, Literature, Fairy Tales, Mythology, Adventure, Childrens, Folklore

Reviews The Arabian Nights

  • Petra-X
    When I was a little girl my grandmother gave me a big, blue, cloth bound edition of this book. It had the most exquisite coloured plates protected by tissue paper interleaved with the printed sheets. It was the perfect storybook for a bookish, fanciful child living in an abusive home. I spent a year reading this book. Every night I would read it and disappear from all the fear and unpleasantness around me into this realm of people in exotic cloth...
  • Manny
    Ah, if only I could write like the late Sir Richard Burton! Normally I dislike translations, but to refuse to read The Arabian Nights on those grounds would be like refusing to read the Bible. I love parodying people's styles, and I have tried my utmost to parody Burton convincingly, but I can't do it. He's too clever. He has taken this unique book, a miraculous survival from the most ancient antiquity, and he has created a unique language to mak...
  • Aaron
    The more I read user reviews of The Arabian Nights, the more convinced I am that people are just posting negative things to be contrary. How can you not love this collection of stories? Common complaints: 1)It's racist -- Yes, the work itself, by today's standards, could probably be considered racist. This work was originally written many thousands of years ago. Keep that in mind and get off your high horse.2) It's misogynistic-- I disagree. That...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    996. The Thousand and One Nights, AnonymousThe work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Greek, Indian, Jewish, Persian and Turkish folklore and literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Abbasid era, while others, especially the frame story, ...
  • JG (The Introverted Reader)
    For those 2 people who don't know, The Arabian Nights is sort of a collection of short stories told in the Arabian world, as I'm told it should be called, (which seems to include India and parts of China) waaaaaay back in the day. The framework of the story is about a sultan who caught his wife cheating on him. After he has her killed, he decides to take out his revenge on the entire sex, so he marries a different wife every day and has her kille...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    996. The Thousand And One Nights, AnonymousThe tales of told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature.The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Greek,...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Arabian Nights is one of the great literary works of all time but precautions need to be made if you want to read it to your kids. First off, there is a LOT of violence in the stories and a TON of sex. Don't be an idiot like me and start reading an unabridged copy to your kids or you will have to be explaining very early on why so and so killed his wife and imprisoned another...That being said, there are few works with as much imagination and won...
  • Claudia
    A review is pointless for this book. Its a classic and everyone should read it. Those who are complaining about how women are treated in the stories should read it more carefully and should pay attention also when it was first written. Reading this edition, two things amazed me: how well I remember all the stories, taking into consideration that last time I read them was more than 20 years ago and second, how accurate the Romanian translation I r...
  • Aubrey
    A library of books is the fairest garden in the world, and to walk there is an ecstasy. Within the span of the ninth to the thirteen centuries my library consists of these: Beowulf, The Pillow Book, The Tale of Genji, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, The Sagas of Icelanders, Njal's Saga, and this. What a show of power, then, that a monumental collection the likes of which the Anglo world has never even attempted to replicate is popularly framed a...
  • Manny
    As I say in my review, I wanted to write a parody of this wonderful book but was forced to admit defeat. Burton is too damn clever for a good parody to be possible. During my preliminary negotiations, I had however received a remarkable offer from Alfonso. A Burton parody without political incorrectness is unthinkable, and Alfonso bravely put himself forward to play the role of an evil blackamoor of hideous appearance. It seems wrong that Alfonso...
  • Vit Babenco
    When I first read One Thousand and One Nights I was literally put under the books spell charmed, enchanted and bewitched. It isnt just magic of fairytales. It is first of all magic of the oriental world. And of course I was at once mesmerized with the incredible frame tale of Shahryar and Scheherazade.Nowhere is so much magic as in Arabian Nights: magical word opening the cave door: Open, Sesame! And forthwith appeared a wide doorway in the face...
  • Sidharth Vardhan
    A Story to Save a Live The beauty of the stories and the poetry of the thought that most destructive demons can be tamed back with a few stories was fascinating to me even when I first saw the serialized version on tv. What I didnt realized was that the stories Scheherazade, that great goddess of story tellers and inventor of cliff-hangings, told the king werent as random but had an order in themselves.This book has made Scherzade my favorite sup...
  • Madeline
    I am planning to read through this whole book someday, I swear. But it's going to be a slow process. Here, in list form, are the reasons I may or may not finish The Arabian Nights.Reasons I May Finish This Ridiculously Long Book:-Scheherazade (or whichever of the twenty ways to spell her name you prefer) is kind of a badass genius. Since her father is the king's vizier, she gets exempted from said batshit crazy king's plan to marry and then kill ...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    Oh, the wonders of literature! While reading this book I could not help but sing the songs or hum the tunes associated with the tales: ♪♫♪ A whole new worldA new fantastic point of viewNo one to tell us noOr where to goOr say we're only dreaming ♪♫♪ I grew up with mostly Filipino komiks around me. Only my father loved reading books and we had very few (compared to what I have now) classics and contemporary books at home. My parents d...
  • Destiny Dawn Long
    This edition is a translation of the first 271 nights from the "1001 Nights" cycle. One of my favorite aspects of this work is the role of Shahrazad. While many people discuss that she is telling the stories to save her own life, what people fail to recognize many times is that, really, she volunteers to be placed in the position in order to save her kingdom. She's a great literary heroine--saving the world through storytelling. It also provides ...
  • Erik
    I really need a 2.5 stars option, though I would end up using it on three-fourths of everything. As a generic, I can neither recommend nor disavow this book.Okay so the beloved Arabian Nights, tales from a thousand and one nights. I should start with what this is NOT. This is not a linear story about a princess telling stories to a king. This is not a children's read involving genies, magic, and cyclopi (I refuse to spell this any other way, no m...
  • W
    In Urdu,this is called Alif Laila.These are familiar stories which enthralled me in my childhood.Also adapted as countless TV episodes and movies.Fondly recall Pakistan television's series Alif Laila from the 1980s,which though made on a shoestring budget was great fun.King Sheharyar takes a new wife each day and executes her the next day.The beautiful Sheherzade agrees to be his wife to stop him.She tells him a story,and then another and still a...
  • Alex
    What you thought was the Arabian Nights was more likely Richard Burton's bastardized, inflated 19th-century adaptation, which was as much about Richard Burton (and his weird ideas about sex) as it was about Arabia. Which is sortof neither here nor there; there is no canonical version of Arabian Nights anyway. It's just an umbrella term for, basically, all of the Middle East's favorite stories. And if the version that heavily influenced guys like ...
  • Ashley Daviau
    Im really right in the middle with this collection. Some stories absolutely enthralled me and I loved them! But on the other hand, some quite nearly bored me to death. It was really an even mix of both, I cant even say there were more good stories than bad ones. I was quite disappointed by this read to be honest, I was expecting much more from it! I’m really right in the middle with this collection. Some stories absolutely enthralled me and I...
  • Shovelmonkey1
    Having just re-read this book i'm reminded how the flowery wording and a hint of "eastern promise" manages to white wash over the actual issues of the story. Sheharezade is actually technically being kept hostage with a death penalty hanging over her head, forced to spin yarns to save not only her skin but that of all the other virgins in the vicinty. Her tales touch on marital rape, mass murder, theft, deception, fratricide, regicide, racism and...
  • Megan
    This is a very sad book, in the sense that it makes you think, "What the hell happened to Baghdad?". Here, Baghdad is pretty much the most magical city in the world, and most of the Arabian Nights takes place in or around it. The world of the Arabian Nights is amazingly liberal compared to Europe of the same period (which is roughly the 13th century), especially when it comes to women. From the storytelling heroine Scheherazade on down, most of t...
  • Shirley Revill
    I have read this book a few times over the years and I believe I was about thirteen the first time I read this book. A wonderful classic tale. Pure nostalgia.
  • Aya
    King 1: I miss my brother king 2King 2: damn my wife is sleeping with a black slave I KILL HER AND HIM. oh and I will go see my brother. King 1: lets go hunting brothaKing2: no Im soo gloomy. Oh and btw your wife and every single one of your concubines are sleeping with black slaves too. I saw them.King 1: I KILL THEM ALL. King 2: damn bro this whole thing sucks I dont feel like being king any more.King1: me neither hey lets leave everything and ...
  • Marc
    "Fate is volatile, as you can see, sometimes there is joy, then sadness" I really enjoyed reading this classic. For the sake of clarity: I have been selective, of course, because digesting all 3100 pages in such a short time (one month) would have been too much, but I think I have certainly gone through half of the stories.What is particularly striking is the enormous diversity of this collection. To begin with, geographically: of course, the sto...
  • Terry
    Shahrazad turned to King Shahrayar and said, May I have your permission to tell a story? He replied, Yes, and Shahrazad was very happy and said, Listen:Of all of the worlds story collections, surely The Arabian Nights has the best framing devicethe best fictional pretext by which to justify the telling of the other stories. I mean the story of Shahrazad (as this text transliterates her name), the daughter of the vizier to King Shahrayar. Bitter o...
  • Diba
    Although I simply have problem with the title, since it should be One thousand and one night, the translation of Burton is worthy to read and also should be praised to introduce such a masterpiece to Western literature. Not only do these stories depict cultural and social codes of Middle East and centra Asia, but also they convey how morality and wisdom were respected in these societies. As we are living in an era that most people are biased abou...
  • Ali
    I really enjoyed this the second time around, and maybe even more so as I've matured. I have my favourite ones, but not enough to begin listing them as they all kept my interest much like they withheld the King's. They were short and full of adventure. I felt like I was able to inject myself in them as if I were one of the characters, or at least watching at a close distance as the stories unfolded. My plan was to read one per night before bed, b...
  • Ellinor
    I listened to this on audio and it took me 8-9 months to complete it. I was surprised of quite a few things: 1. Here you have the first cliffhanger in history (well, I knew that before, but it was still surprising how early in history this method had been invented). At the same time the method of a story within a story (and often within another stroy) is used, also probably for the first time ever. 2. We think we know many of the tales mentioned ...