The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1

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Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba's outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps. The sequence of ...

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Overview

Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba's outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps. The sequence of stories will last 1,001 nights.

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"A magnificent, unexpurgated edition of the greatest collection of folk tales in the world . . . The Arabian Nights is not a book to be read in a week. It is an ocean of stories to be dipped into over a lifetime. And this new Penguin edition is the one to have."
-The Sunday Times (London)

"The translation . . . ought to become the standard one for the present century."
-The Times Literary Supplement

"These magnificent volumes are the most ambitious and thorough translation into English of The Arabian Nights since the age of Queen Victoria and the British Empire."
-The Guardian

"This new translation of the world's greatest collection of folk stories restores their colour and verve."
-The Sunday Times (London)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140449389
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/25/2010
  • Pages: 992
  • Sales rank: 251,829
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Malcolm Lyons, sometime Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge and a life Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, is a specialist in the field of classical Arabic literature. His published works include the biography Saladin, the Politics of the Holy War, The Arabian Epic, Identification and Identity in Classical Arabic Poetry and many articles on Arabic literature.

Ursula Lyons, formerly an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University and, since 1976, an Emeritus Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, specializes in modern Arabic literature.

Robert Irwin is the author of For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and numerous other specialized studies of Middle Eastern politics, art and mysticism. His novels include The Limits of Vision, The Arabian Nightmare, The Mysteries of Algiers and Satan Wants Me.

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Table of Contents

Editorial Note

Introduction

A Note on the Translation

A Note on the Text

Translating Galland

The Arabian Nights: Nights I to 294 1

The story of Ali Baba and the forty thieves killed by a slave girl 929

Glossary 961

Chronology 971

Further Reading 973

Maps

The Ă¡Abbasid Caliphate in the Ninth Century 976

Baghdad in the Ninth Century 978

Cairo in the Fourteenth Century 979

Index of Nights and Stories 980

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    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 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.

    14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2007

    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 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.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    A dad and reader of classics to his son

    I own the entire series of this, and it's not a story or stories - it's a lesson and rules on how to be good. Some is too intense for children but the condensed form is suitable for anyone. This is one of the classics of all classics to be brought to worldwide attention by Sir Richard Burton (not the actor). It ranks with Shakespeare, Dante, Boccoccio, Chaucer and Milton / as well as with recent Margret and H.A.Rey (Curious George) Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne) George E. Peterson, Jr. (Wonderful Stories from Skog Forest) Peter Rabbit (Beatrix Potter) and any Dr Seuss.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Readable classic

    I bought the Haddaway translation while searching for a text to teach in a college world literature class. I taught 1,000 Nights Plus One last semester for the first time, and students loved it. Unfortunately, in our anthology we had only a few excerpts. This version is the best I've found for clarity and readability, and will offer the entire text rather than snippets.

    The tales of Shahrazad go way beyond what most students expect (Alladin, Sinbad, that's about it). The rich, wondrous, bawdy, funny, terrifying, magical stories in Arabian Nights delight readers--especially when they're told in muscular, vivid language. This translation is stellar!

    PS--this is NOT a kids' book!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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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 September 21, 2009

    Wonderful stories; definitive translation

    This is the absolute best, clearest and most comprehensible translation of the Arabian Nights that you will find. While the famous Burton translation has gained lots of followers over the years, this translation is incredible as Haddawy brings the cultural understanding to the translation, which is sadly lacking in Burton's. Very definitive.

    3 out of 3 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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  • Posted December 28, 2010

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    Recommended- For those who love a warm and fuzzy message with a side of religion

    My sisters grew up in Morocco and remembered hearing these stories from their grandma. They are in high school now and it is fun reading the stories with them, sharing a memory of their childhood. The book is a collection of short stories and all of them have a message to them, sort of like Aesops fables. They teach us to be kind and courteous to everyone despite our differences and also to have a reverence to God.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 30, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Wonderful, magical tales

    I got this book for my fifteenth birthday and I devoured it. I was finished within two weeks and I want more! These stories bring the ancient Middle East to life with their far-fetched tales that make the Brothers Grimm seem like ameteurs. Scheherazade's stories of Sinbad the Sailor, Ali-Babba, Aladdin, genies, sultans, and dozens of mythical creatures create a strange and wonderful world. The collection has good lessons and is one of the most interesting things i've read in a long time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2014

    Blah blah blah

    BORING!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2014

    Arabian Nights

    The book is made up of many short stories told by a third person. All the stories are very interesting with many surprises. The book will hold your intrest and make a great read! A+++++

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  • Posted July 10, 2013

    I have this book in paperback. The stories are interesting but t

    I have this book in paperback. The stories are interesting but there are so many of them and they are related to each other. So I was reading and reading tof finally grt to the final story and then alas! There is NO final story!! They just relate in a few sentences what happenedin the final story but you can't understand anything because you haven't read it. So I had to google it. What is the point of reading all those stories if there is no concluding story? They just decided not to print it! Unbelievable! I've only read 3 parts but it really put me off that they just decided not to print the main story to which all others were leading to. They did it twice already and I've only finished 3 parts. 

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    We get it!

    The white kid becomes a man and looks out for this witch. He overcomes his mom and adopted brother. Blah vlah. The story is just SO BORING! ANYONE AGREE?!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2012

    BAD

    Terribble

    0 out of 3 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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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    the boring book

    This book is so boring!

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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