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  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: IndoEuropeanPublishing.com (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604440341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604440348
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By consumer on July 16, 2014
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Synoptic translations of otherwise magnificent poetry. Bustan has 10 chapters, each having a number of stories written in poetry, for a grand total of 138 stories. It takes about 230 pages to print the original Bustan ( not including some poems that form the preface ). So when that volume is condensed in 147 pages of large fonts ( small fonts would probably take less than 80 pages ), you can see that you will not see any of the translated poetry, but instead, you have a paragraph or two of the gist of a one-to-two page poem !.
So for those who like to know what Saadi spoke about, this is possibly a good read ( it will take you all of 8 hours to read the book ! ) .. but if you were hoping to get a glimpse of the mastery of his poems, this is the wrong book.

btw, we have been told of old never judge a book by it's cover ! but when the cover has a Persian text, perhaps to elicit more 'respect' from the un-initiated reader, then it behooves the designer to ensure the text is correct ! To print erroneous renditions of the Great Saadi is a mortal sin ! and to get it backward ( Persian writings is from right to left .. but the last two phrases are printed left to right ! ) speaks volumes of lack of care and due diligence to ensure the words of this mystic poet are rendered into English as close as possible to his intentions. I am NOT impressed !
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