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The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 2 (Penguin Classics) Paperback – May 25, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0140449396 ISBN-10: 9780140449396

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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (May 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780140449396
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140449396
  • ASIN: 0140449396
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A magnificent, unexpurgated edition of the greatest collection of folk tales in the world . . . The Arabian Nights is not a book to be read in a week. It is an ocean of stories to be dipped into over a lifetime. And this new Penguin edition is the one to have."
-The Sunday Times (London)

"The translation . . . ought to become the standard one for the present century."
-The Times Literary Supplement

"These magnificent volumes are the most ambitious and thorough translation into English of The Arabian Nights since the age of Queen Victoria and the British Empire."
-The Guardian

"This new translation of the world's greatest collection of folk stories restores their colour and verve."
-The Sunday Times (London)

About the Author

Malcolm Lyons, sometime Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge and a life Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, is a specialist in the field of classical Arabic literature.His published works include the biography Saladin, the Politics of the Holy War, The Arabian Epic, Identification and Identity in Classical Arabic Poetry and many articles on Arabic literature. Ursula Lyons, formerly an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University and, since 1976, an Emeritus Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, specialises in modern Arabic literature. Robert Irwin is the author of For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and numerous other specialised studies of Middle Eastern politics, art and mysticism. His novels include The Limits of Vision, The Arabian Nightmare, The Mysteries of Algiers and Satan Wants Me.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Light on March 27, 2011
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I have been searching for a "Complete" 1001 Night Tales or The Arabian Nights for some years and have read the Josepah Campbell edited version, Payne, Burton, Scott, Haddawy versions... but this is my Favorite because a) it includes all the Stories found in the French Edition by Galland and b) the Complete Tales that are found in the extensive versions or translations for the most part.

I am Grateful to the Lyons for doing all this Work (husband & wife), and for making it available to us. This is the Edition I would use for high school, college as well as "fun" Reading. I perhaps would also use it, given that I am the moderator, with teenagers or children who are rather bright.

I have only Positive things to say and I am Grateful it is available in 3 Volumes by Penguin Books for this outstanding price. Again, I have been researching this Material for some time and now I can finally say there is a Complete Set available that is Modern, "Complete", easy to read and understand, contains the Poems, and Flows nicely with every Night accounted for until It reaches 1001 Nights! Beautiful!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Richard Lepine on July 12, 2010
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This is volume two of an excellent translation by Malcolm Lyons of the full thousand-and-one-night Arabic manuscript, compiled in Egypt and known in the West as the Macnaghten edition or Calcutta II. All three volumes have introductory essays by Robert Irwin, author of _The Arabian Nights - A Companion_ (also a very interesting and accessible must-have for readers of the _Arabian Nights_). Irwin's volume two essay provides an entertaining and informative overview of the literary history of the _Arabian Nights_, and its succinct ten pages would be useful, for instance, in a high school or college course on this classic frame story. Volume two includes nights 295 to 719. Fans of Pier Paolo Pasolini's 1974 film version, "Il fiore delle mille e una notte," will find in volume two a text version of his movie's frame story in the form of "'Ali Shar and Zumurrud" (Pasolini does not use the story of Shahrazad as his frame, and changes the name and character of 'Ali to an unsophisticated boy, Nureddin, whom Zumurrud must "educate.") The first two nested tales of the movie, read to Nureddin by Zumurrud, also can be found in written form in volume two as "Harun al-Rashid and the Lady Zubaida in the pool," and "Abu Nuwas and the three boys." (Scholars of Swahili literature will find several Abu Nuwas stories in volume two, as well the written version of Steere's 1869 "Hekaya ya Mohammadi Mtepetevu" from _Swahili Tales As Told By Natives of Zanzibar_. In volume two, it is "Abu Muhammad the sluggard," from nights 299 to 305.) The stories of "The slave girl Tawaddud," "Sindbad the sailor" (including an alternate ending), "The City of Brass," and "Dalila the wily" are also in volume two.Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By krebsman VINE VOICE on September 4, 2012
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I feel that I am having one of the great reading experiences of my life with this new translation of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS. Volume I was mind-blowing with its kaleidoscopic variety and Volume II is even more so. There is more variation in both story structure and subject matter. One of the more interestingly structured stories tells of a king's concubine who tries to seduce the king's son. When he rebuffs her, she goes to his father and accuses him of trying to seduce her and demands that he be beheaded. The king is set to do it, but then a vizier comes forth and tells a story about the wiles of women and why the king should not believe her. The king decides against executing his son. Then the next day the disappointed concubine returns begging the king to reconsider, and tells a story to illustrate the wiles of men which convinces the king to kill his son. Then a second vizier steps forward and tells a story about the wiles of women and the king changes his mind again. And so it goes through seven viziers until the king is saved at the last minute from making a terrible mistake. Many of the stories in this volume deal with con artists and tricksters. Some of them made me really uncomfortable when it looked as though injustice would prevail. Not all the stories have happy endings. (Dalila the Trickster, who is the vilest con artist in the book, just made me angry!) This volume is even sexier than the first volume and in places gets fairly graphic, with jokes about penis size and egg white used as a substitute for another substance. As in volume I, the women tend to be lusty and the men moon over unattainable beauties. One lusty woman has a secret love affair with a bear! Both lesbianism and male homosexuality are depicted.Read more ›
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I bought the first volume in which there was a lame and ineffectual table of contents. For $13.78, I expect a book and not vershtunken puzzle. Only at the end do you find a hyperlinked index...IF you plough thru the whole volume.

Obviously the publisher threw out this
off-hand without bothering (or caring) about making it useful to the reader...at an inflated price.

Shame on them. This work deserved better than it got from the suits and heels at the publisher
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