Tales from the Thousand and One Nights

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Penguin UK, May 31, 1973 - Fiction - 416 pages
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The tales told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature.

From the epic adventures of 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp' to the farcical 'Young Woman and her Five Lovers' and the social criticism of 'The Tale of the Hunchback', the stories depict a fabulous world of all-powerful sorcerers, jinns imprisoned in bottles and enchanting princesses. But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales are anchored to everyday life by their realism, providing a full and intimate record of medieval Islam.


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User Review  - lisa.isselee - LibraryThing

This book was not at all what i expected, but in a good way. The tales are in my opinion not really suited for little kids, with all the blood and explicit scenes. But I did enjoy the tales and the moral behind them. Read full review

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User Review  - gbill - LibraryThing

There are many versions of The Arabian Nights that have floated about over the centuries; this one is a translation of the Mahdi edition, based on the oldest known copy from 14th century Syria. It has ... Read full review


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N.J Dawood has translated a number of texts for Penguin Classics, including The Koran.

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