Tales from the Arabian Nights

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Magic and marvels await you in Tales from the Arabian Nights, a collection of twenty of the best-known stories from the book that western readers have known for over three centuries as The Arbian Nights. First collected nearly a thousand years ago, these folktales are presented as narratives that crafty Scheharazade tells her husband, Shahryar, the King of Persia, 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 ...
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Magic and marvels await you in Tales from the Arabian Nights, a collection of twenty of the best-known stories from the book that western readers have known for over three centuries as The Arbian Nights. First collected nearly a thousand years ago, these folktales are presented as narratives that crafty Scheharazade tells her husband, Shahryar, the King of Persia, 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 tales "Sinbad the Sailor," "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves."
 
This collection features the classic translation by Sir Richard Burton, published between 1884 and 1886. In these fantastic adventures, humans cower before monstrous Jinni, the incautious are prey to ravenous Ghouls, flying carpets transport riders to magic realms, hidden caverns yield caches of precious jewels and coins, and wishes are magically granted. The just are rewarded, the evil are punished, the poor are enriched, the lost are found, and lovers marry their perfect mates.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781435143906
  • Publisher: Fall River Press
  • Publication date: 12/25/2012
  • Series: Amazing Values Series
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 107,809
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 2.50 (d)

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Sir Richard Burton was an orientalist explorer, diplomat and eccentric.  He was a remarkable linguist, and his mastery of Arabic enabled him to mix with the Arabs disguised as one of them.  In 1853 he made Haj, the trip to Mecca that is required of every Muslim, at a time when such an exploit by a European could have meant death.  He wrote many books of travel during his time as employee of the Foreign Office, but he is best known for his unexpurgated translation of The Arabian Nights.  He spent the last fourteen years of his life working on a translation of The Perfumed Garden, but Lady Burton burned it after his death.

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    A wondrous day to day read, whether a story every night or full

    A wondrous day to day read, whether a story every night or full straight! The characters are fleshed out and interesting, with so many twists and turns! You do have to pay attention to this book, or you'll get lost fairly quick!

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