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The Arabian Nights (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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by Richard Francis Burton
     
 

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The Arabian Nights is your magic carpet ride to exotic lands full of wonders and marvels. First collected nearly a thousand years ago, these folktales are presented as stories that crafty Scheherazade tells her husband, King Shahryar, over a thousand-and-one consecutive nights, to pique his interest for the next evening's entertainment and…  See more details below

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The Arabian Nights is your magic carpet ride to exotic lands full of wonders and marvels. First collected nearly a thousand years ago, these folktales are presented as stories that crafty Scheherazade tells her husband, King Shahryar, over a thousand-and-one consecutive nights, to pique his interest for the next evening's entertainment and thereby save her life. Among them are some of the best-known legends of eastern storytelling, including the "Sinbad the Sailor," "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves."
 
This collection features more than twenty stories, in the classic translation of Sir Richard Burton, published between 1884 and 1886, and full-color illustrations by Renata Fucikova and Jindra Capek.
 
The Arabian Nights is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each volume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensable cornerstone for every home library.

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ISBN-13:
9781435114883
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
09/11/2009
Series:
Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Pages:
744
Sales rank:
435
Product dimensions:
6.15(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.00(d)

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Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics The Arabian Nights (Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classics) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 98 reviews.
Literary_Dan More than 1 year ago
This decorative Leatherbound edition looks good, especially as the printed art on the spine is well-aligned; however, there is minor overlapping of colors and outlines crating a slightly-blurred effect on the elaborate front and back covers. This edition elides the traditional dedication to Allah, starting half-way through sentence 4 with, "In tide of yore" (this is not an error for "time," see the Shammar edition) However, the slipshod proofreading is the real problem with this book, as the key to enjoying Burton's translation is his lyrical prose style which loses all sense of alliteration when "forded" is substituted for "lorded" in the line, "...he ruled the land and lorded if over this lieges..." (p 1). Further errors prevent clear and relaxed reading: "attend ants" for "attendants" (p 3); "resected" for "reflected" (p 7); "fief" for "lief" (p 9); and "bans formed" for "transformed" (p 33). This is edition is decorative, but if you intend to READ the narrative, pick up an edition which includes the original "Translator's Preface" and Burton's explanatory notes.
Daithai More than 1 year ago
All the effort went into creating a visually stunning book. The cover, the illustrations, even the page numbers are beautiful. If only they had bothered to check the gally proofs for typos!
Palyoos More than 1 year ago
This story has been one of my favorites since I was a young child. My grandmother read the stories to me and I always found them facisnating. Now I am doing the same for my granddaughter, for whom I purchased this particular book as a Christmas gift. She is 10 years old and in 4th grade, and this book is just a tad difficult to read at that age; however, she is an extremely good reader, reading already at junior high level and I now she will love and enjoy this book just as much as I did at her age. I bought 2 of them; one for her and one for me, as I like to read and re-read the stories of Sheherezade, and in this way we keep books both in her house and my house, so when she visits we can read it together. Now she can read to me. This particular edition is bound in beautiful rich-colored bonded leather, with gold writing and it's great to hold and feel its high quality. The thin, beautiful, parchment-like paper of its pages are also great and remind the reader of very old, very high quality books from Europe. I grew up in Europe and remember books looking and smelling like this one. The translation of Sir Richard Burton is a great edition of a fabulous book that has fascinated and enthralled many people through the ages. This book is fantastic!
silvershields More than 1 year ago
One Thousand and One Nights is most definitely a required read for anyone who loves literature. The poetic style incorporated by the various authors adds not only detail, but interest to the tales. Almost everyone is familiar with Aladdin, Sinbad, and Ali Baba, but there are other great tales such as the story of Prince Behram and Princess al-Datma (which has an excellent spin on the 'battle of the sexes' concept--though this story is not for feminists or people easily offended), the Genie bartering for a man's life by listening to tales, which reflects the greatness of this book--it's a tale within a tale (Princess Shahrazad entertaining King Shahryar in order to survive). The genie story is even more in-depth, whereby the princess is telling the story of a genie who is listening to stories by people trying to save a cursed man's life, which reflects the princess trying to save her own life! It's complex, but fascinating. The book is beautiful, and the coloring chosen was perfect, as blues, golds, and turquoise are the divine colors within Islam. One issue with an above review I have is that I am a Humanities professor, and scholars do not believe that it "contains some of the oldest stories ever told" nor that it is "considered the first book ever written." True, it is a compilation of centuries-old Islamic, Persian, and Arabic tales, but many of them are based on much older Egyptian and Greek myths, and the stories were not put together until between the 10th-15th centuries. The Iliad and Odyssey are much older, and the Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest 'book' ever written. Just thought it was important to clear up any confusion. But in terms of the book, it's a must-read, and this edition is excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The stories of the Arabian Nights aren't what I'm reviewing over (since they're some of my favorite anyway), but it's the book itself that has made me frustrated from the first day I purchased it. I bought my first copy while out of state, came back home, opened it, and found that the paint from the intricate designs on the cover flaked off and discolored my hands every time I touched it. By the time I handled it a decent four times total, the cover art was completely disfigured. I brought the situation to the attention of customer service, who told me I could only have a replacement/refund if I mailed the book back to the retail store I purchased it from. Did that. Bought another copy from the store online. This second copy has the same exact problem. It might just be I had bad luck with the book selection, but overall, I'll never have a chance to read it without wearing gloves.
Pete_Stone More than 1 year ago
This is a choice of Tales from the Arabian Nights in the Burton translation (not easy to read, but one gets accustomed to it with time). However, the choice of tales in this gorgeous, heirloom style edition is based on the very first European translation -- the Galland version... So by reading this edition, you are actually killing two birds with one stone -- the Burton text and the Galland contents!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I picked this up at a Barnes &amp; Noble retail store and have just loved it. Each night is a journey into another time and another world, but, alas, I won't get 1,001 nights out of it. Gorgeous binding, gilt-edged pages, and very solid: I expect it to last several lifetimes (uh, not all of them mine).
theViewOfOthers More than 1 year ago
Im still young, the novel contains some old english, but after a whlie you get used to it.
Taz4591 More than 1 year ago
I showed this book to my grandmother (She was an English teacher and has a veryexpansive library filled with collectible books) and was very pleased to have her approval. Many scholers believe The Arabian Nights (originally published One Thousand One Nights) to contain some of the oldest stories ever told. By many, it is considered the first book ever written. This edition is a little flamboyantly presented, but does contain beautiful illustrations. It is said that all stories somehow find their root in One Thousand One Nights. However, many stories have been taken out and added through the years with some edtions containing more and some less than "one thousand nights." For this reason, you would be very hardpressed to ever find two identical compilations.
Alix26 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely beautiful book. The cover is intricate and Islamic inspired and unlike other posters, I've had no problems with the gold foil wearing off. It comes down to how you treat your books. Don't toss them in a bag or eat/drink around them; store them well, handle them with care and these books will last a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
     In my opinion, Arabian nights is an entrancing novel that crosses folklore with the reality of a Golden Age in Southwestern Asia. Shahrazad is an very interesting character, which I like a lot about her, seeing as women were not depicted as three-dimensional characters in this time period due to lack of gender equality. The way Shahrazad  is subtly shown as a cunning person through her plan is very intriguing to me. I also really enjoyed the concepts in many of the stories, due to their outlandish nature.  One particular example of this is the this instance in which a man is killed instantly by being hit with the seed of a date tossed by another man. Although a lot of the stories were rather confusing due to outdated wording, I really enjoyed this book.  I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in overall strange stories. For me to get through this book, I had to quickly adapt not only to the incredible speed of the plot, but to the things occurring. Within the first three pages the reader must acknowledge that a man had a niece who happens to be a gazelle, who can also practice magic. That was a little more than I was expecting to have to comprehend but, needless to say, in grabbed my attention and reigned me into the story. Overall, I think Arabian Nights is a fantastic classic that should be read by anyone who has the time and patience, I highly recommend it.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was fascinating and engrossing. The illustrations are beautiful. This book has been one of my favorites since I was a kid.  However, this book might be difficult to understand for younger readers. My daughter loves the book even though it is a little difficult for  her to understand.
dragon_5635 More than 1 year ago
I am still currently reading this book, but love it anyways!! It's hard to read quickly because it uses old English and is written passively most of the time. This means it should be limited to more advanced readers. Also, many of the stories have similar story lines - such as they go do something and they're gone for seven years, then another five, then another three, etc. Also, I would like to point out that these leather bound classics tend to be recreations of older versions of books. So typos, formatting errors, and spelling errors should generally be attributed to the older version. (Note: this is not always true)
witchmoon More than 1 year ago
I have read thousands of books, and this is one of the most sumptuous books I have ever laid hands on! Elegantly, beautifully designed and richly illustrated, it has the classic tales that people love: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Sinbad the Sailor, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp,The Tale of Scheherazade... This is not a book recommended for children, rather it is a keepsake book, one you put in a special place and handle with care, a book you would hand down to your children only when they become adults. The stories are a fun read, full of rich detail and exotic locales.The Arabian Knights immediately draws you in and keeps you fully engaged in the stories from the first page to the last. A definite recommend!
Illagi More than 1 year ago
The cover and illustrations are beautiful! The stories themselves might not be pc and might not be suitied for younger kids so parents or those easy to offend you been warn. The Arabian Nights is great edition to your collection though I recommend for older kids and adults.
July_Guzman More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book! I loved the blue bonded leather cover, the golden details, the illistrations, everything.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story of The Thousand and One Arabian nights was exceptional, crossing culture from the Middle East and the art form that is story telling. For any individual who is interested in either the concept of the golden ages of civilizations or the Islamic Empire itself, this book is a must read. The frame tale of the story depicts a king who is unhappy with the fact that he has been cheated on, causing him to marry many women- an example of Muslim culture and the concept of polygamy- and kill them all off. All but one that is. The character of Scheherazade depicts women in a new light, as being prized for their knowledge. It is a refreshing contrast to many of the tales within the story that she weaves in order to save her life. Within these tales, are numerous examples of Islamic ideology and culture, making it a great tool for learning about the empire. The portrayal of women within the tales sometimes varies, but often follows the concept that women are no more than objects of pleasure that can be bought, sold, given away, or become gifts worthy of kings. The accounts that do vary however, are due to the differing points of view from various authors. The fact that ideas within the story change is rather helpful in fully understanding these cultural practices. It helps the reader to develop a more thorough and advanced final picture. The pace of the story is also rather helpful, as the fact that it is broken up into many different tales makes it easier for a reader to focus their attention on one story at a time and also in the fact that it can make the reading seem less tedious. If certain books were required in world history curriculum, this would be my number one choice for that book. The author is able to portray the ideas in a way that is easy to understand while also entertaining. Even those who may not be as interested in history would enjoy the book.
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Beautiful book! the cover it's gorgeous and the illustrations inside are really pretty. The titles in the beginning of each story are beautiful too. the stories, I haven't read it yet, so can't say anything about it. About the shipping, I bought the book to ship to Brazil, But it took almost 4 months to arrive!! so if you want the book to arrive fast in other countries besides U.S.A, I recommend you buy in some other website. But the book arrived in great shape, with bubble wrap.  But the book it's fantastic!    
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