- Series: Norton Critical Editions
- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (December 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 039392808X
- ISBN-13: 978-0393928082
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 118 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Arabian Nights (Norton Critical Editions) 1st Edition
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Arabic --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
The stories themselves are beautiful and varied - some are fantastic (genies, flying horses, talking donkeys), others poignant. It was difficult to put the book down, and each tale had my rapt attention. How much of this is the result of the translator and how much of this is a function of just good story-telling is hard to determine. That, in addition to being entertaining, the stories provide a glimpse into Arabic (and to a lesser extent, Perisan) culture is an added bonus. Recommened reading.
The hardback version is well worth the price, the pages are thick and well printed, the binding is sturdy. This is a volume you will want to read again and again, as such it deserves to be preserved and well cared for. The brief introductions and explanations by the author only add to the book whereas in other versions of the Arabian Nights they can severely detract from the literature.