The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights

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Sir Richard Francis Burton
Modern Library, 2001 - Fiction - 872 pages
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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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A masterpiece in story telling. - Goodreads
It had a great ending. - Goodreads
The character development is shallow and racist. - Goodreads
I adored this epic storytelling style! - Goodreads
From the whole story I liked only the happy ending. - Goodreads
I like the premise and some of the stories. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Steve Congdon - Goodreads

This was a lot of fun to read; the premise is that the King, Shadriyar has discovered his wife was disloyal so he has her executed and from that time on he marries a virgin every day and by night time ... Read full review

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User Review  - Zorena - Goodreads

Still as enchanting as when I read this when I was young. I recommend it to everyone with a love for books and a yen for fantasy or adventure. Read full review

About the author (2001)

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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