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Ardistan and Djinnistan: A novel (The Collected works of Karl May) Paperback – 1980

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  • Series: The Collected works of Karl May
  • Paperback: 671 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553118420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553118421
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 4.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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I've not read Karl May's other work, though I gather the main characters of this book - Kara ben Nemsi and Hadschi Halef Omar - appear in several other novels and are much beloved by people I've never talked to. Nonetheless, this book is just bad in so many ways I couldn't know where to begin.
I almost find myself recommending it, as it has passages of some of the worst prose I have ever seen rendered in the English language. It truly is a thing of wonder. I don't think you really want to try it, though, as this book is tremendously long and slow as well. Given the choice, I would choose to be mugged and beaten rather than read this book again. But, sure, give it a try.
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