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The Quatrains of Omar Khayyam: Three translations of the Rubaiyat Paperback – July 2, 2005


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  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Bardic Press (July 2, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974566713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974566719
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By brian0918 on November 12, 2007
I should start off by saying that I am not familiar with Omar Khayyam or his work. I should also state that Richard La Gallienne's translation is likely completely unlike the literal translation. His effort was only to produce a witty and stylish version reminiscent of Khayyam's original intent. From what I have read, it is excellent on its own. I do not generally go in for poetry, but found that I couldn't stop reading this work. Here are some especially interesting excerpts:

Look not above, there is no answer there;
Pray not, for no one listens to your prayer;
Near is as near to God as any Far,
And Here is just the same deceit as There.

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And do you think that unto such as you;
A maggot-minded, starved, fanatic crew:
God gave the secret, and denied it me?--
Well, well, what matters it! Believe that, too.

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"Did God set grapes a-growing, do you think,
And at the same time make it sin to drink?
Give thanks to Him who foreordained it thus--
Surely He loves to hear the glasses clink!"
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Blakey on January 15, 2009
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I was aware of the Fitzgerald translation. The other two translations in the book are equally high quality.
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By B. A. Wheaton on July 26, 2014
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Fitzgerald is best.
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