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Arabian Nights (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Arabian Nights-sheer beauty

I enjoy the Barnes & Noble classics. Arabian Nights gives off a captivating look into the Arabic world of literary fantasy. As the story, progresses, one runs into thieves, djinns, and parables of wisedom. Many remember classic tales, such as Aladdin, Ali Baba & The For...
I enjoy the Barnes & Noble classics. Arabian Nights gives off a captivating look into the Arabic world of literary fantasy. As the story, progresses, one runs into thieves, djinns, and parables of wisedom. Many remember classic tales, such as Aladdin, Ali Baba & The Forty-Thieves, but it is the storyteller, whose fate lies in the hands of entertaining a sultan who wishes to execute her, that brings out the myth of Arabian Nights.

posted by Anonymous on December 2, 2007

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Edited for children

This is a heavily-edited, heavily-censored, public domain version for "young readers" from the 1800s or something. The Barnes and Noble website falsely calls it a translation by Haddawy. Please don?t bother reading Arabian Nights in a bad translation. Stick with either ...
This is a heavily-edited, heavily-censored, public domain version for "young readers" from the 1800s or something. The Barnes and Noble website falsely calls it a translation by Haddawy. Please don?t bother reading Arabian Nights in a bad translation. Stick with either Haddawy (best) or early Burton editions (note that his widow heavily censored them after his death, look for early editions). If you need a childrens version, look for a modern one that is at least readable.

posted by 8207523 on July 4, 2011

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

    Lovely Pictures, Saccharine Translation

    The Arabian Nights / 9781411431782

    This is a beautifully formatted member of the B&N classic series. The pictures are gorgeous, and the abridgment of the stories is well done and designed to gloss over the more boring tales in the large collection. But the translation has been watered down, presumably for children, and lacks the sex, violence, and overall punch of the original tales. From the get-go, the Sultan decides to marry a new girl every night and strangle her in the morning because he saw his wife "conversing" with another man. This change removes the sultan's real grief, makes him look more petty than insane, and removes the healing process of the tales. I understand why the translation was made -- for the children -- but I wish B&N had chosen an alternative translation for their classics series.

    ~ Ana Mardoll

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    2.5 stars

    I am enjoying it to a point, but the stories are just too long to really hold my interest very long. I cannot read more than 1 story at a time without putting in down.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    It wad good

    Well i have read this book and to tell you the truth it had some well interesting stories in it. Some were adventure others were kinda about passion, and others were about morals these stories were really short stories told in another story. Not really my favorite but thats just me. You might like it overall i did

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Classic Stories

    As much as I thought I was aware of the stories in this classic, I was surprised about how much of it was composed of tales that I had never seen or heard were part of it. Before reading The Arabian Nights I didn't even realize the story was frame in frame. The matter of fact way some of the characters describe killing is actually kind of comical. Some of the tales within the book are just complete bores. Aladdin was actually my favorite, even though it isn't thought of as part of the canon.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Long, Hard To Stay Focused On

    The stories aren't boring, but you have to read them in chunks otherwise you will get bored. I personally found it hard to stay focused throughtout most of the book if I read more than a few pages. Though the stories contain lessons and morals, they seem very repetitive.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Best Read In Chunks

    These are good stories, but I couldn't read the whole thing at once. It just didn't hold my attention.

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