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The Arabian Nights (New Deluxe Edition) Paperback – Deckle Edge, May 17, 2008
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“Easily the clearest, most fluent and readable translation.” (A.S. Byatt - Sunday Times [London])
“A distinguished new translation.” (Edward Said - The Nation)
Original Language: Arabic --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are really two volumes you will need to get the complete collection. This volume has the earlier stories as told by Shahrazad, classic tales of mystery, fun, and excitement.
The second book " The Arabian Nights II" has the more popular stores most people are familiar with. Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba and the Fourty Thieves, Ala al-Din (Aladdin) and the Magic Lamp.
Be sure to get them both and you'll be transported to the mystical lands of Arabian Nights. Enjoy.
The introduction was extremely helpful in explaining the history of the Arabian Nights, why there are different versions, and why those different versions may contain different tales. This volume collects the oldest, "original" tales. More familiar stories that were added later--such as Sinbad and Aladdin--are collected in a separate volume, Arabian Nights II.
This translation is an absolute joy to read. The language is vivid and alive--thoroughly modern, yet (judging from the effect on me as a reader) certainly successful in conveying the nuances of the original text.
I glanced at the Modern Library Burton edition after reading this. It reads like a King James Bible. Why subject yourself to a translation that you to re-translate in order to read--especially with a wonderful modern translation like this available? How terribly that must choke the pace of the stories!
I felt like the King himself as I read this, knowing that I needed to put it down to go to sleep, but constantly telling myself, "Well, maybe I'll push on for just one more night..." Funny, sexy, violent, and packed with magic and adventure, it really had it all.
Except for children, for whom the original tales are too sexual and violent, I can hardly imagine an audience this WOULDN'T appeal to!
This book may not be what you expect. It is not the Disney-fied, watered-down version that most of us were introduced to as children. Several of the more famous stories that most Americans would associate with "The Arabian Nights", such as Ali Baba or Aladdin, are actually not part of the work. They were added much later, by the early European translators. Also, the book contains bawdiness and violence (particularly towards women) that may not be appropriate for young children, so be forewarned. Overall, I feel that this an authentic, lucid translation of a fantastic story, wrapped in the most beautiful of packages. Highly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The Arabian Nights is a fantastic collection of tales and is wonderfully compiled. The authors do great jobs of cementing certain themes that are present in the book, such as... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anthony R Lehn
Comparing this translation with Burton is like night and day. Modern language but ancient thought expression. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jay E
Love this book. There's a reason why it's a timeless classic. Must have for any personal library, in my opinion.Published 3 months ago by Kara
I read this book a year ago so can't remember for sure which point of view but probably third.Published 4 months ago by Mary Kathleen Darmody
I haven't finished reading this book mainly because I was so astonished at how the stories themselves depict a very disturbing attitude to women. Read morePublished 6 months ago by SA Gamble