The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

by Richard Burton, A. S. Byatt
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The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights by Richard Burton

Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever.

This volume reproduces the 1932 Modern Library edition, for which Bennett A. Cerf chose the most famous and representative stories from Sir Richard F. Burton's multivolume translation, and includes Burton's extensive and acclaimed explanatory notes. These tales, including Alaeddin; or, the Wonderful Lamp, Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, have entered into the popular imagination, demonstrating that Shahrazad's spell remains unbroken.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307417015
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/26/2009
Series: Modern Library Classics
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 912
Sales rank: 635,091
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

A. S. Byatt is the author of The Biographer's Tale, Elementals, and the Booker Prize winning novel Possession, among other books. She lives in London.


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The Arabian Nights 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
KathrynWhite More than 1 year ago
This version of the classic collection of stories is a big old mess. It is basically a solid block of text. There aren't any meaningful divisions between stories at all, and it's a monster pain in the rear to read. I am looking for another version now, as this one is intensely unreadable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great tale that broadens your veiw of the large world that we live in. It gives you a cultural idea of how the eastern people communicated and lived through their story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The arabian nughts are mesmeruzing
alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
Arabian Nights is a collection of stories-short stories of sort-that was told to a King in the East so the storyteller can escape or prolong death which was actually a punishment for a misdeed done. These stories were told at night tot he king, thus, Arabian nights. The storyteller ends everytime morning came and the king, went to bed. These stories are a mammoth of events that happened in the Middle East some years back. They are magical and fairy tale like. I have not read these stories seriously before, until lately when I got a god copy of the book in electronic form. My favorite is Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the grandest of them all. I also like The Flying Carpet. For those who like a glimpse of Middle eastern culture and literature, these stories is the best!!!
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This is an all around terrible format for the nook... it's hard to go from story to story
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