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The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang
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The Arabian Nights

by Andrew Lang

62 ratings, 7 reviews

It's been called The Arabian Nights' Entertainments, One Thousand and One Nights, etc., but the framework is generally the same: a Persian king discovers his wife is cheating, so, having determined that all women are unfaithful, he decides to marry a virgin every day and have her killed by the next. After a while the kingdom is running low on virgins, so the cunning Scheherazade volunteers to marry the king, and to keep her own head she tells him a new thrilling tale every night. He's so captivated by the stories that he doesn't realize it's a trick. So...Scheherazade is like the original Dan Brown.

The 1001 stories themselves were compiled over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across the Middle East and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature. Some versions only contain a few hundred stories, while others have the full 1000. The Arabian Nights is like a big bucket of folk tales. Dig in!

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Wm Barry Turner

November 08, 2013

A very enjoyable tale, or should I say a compilation of tales

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Ramona Oliver

November 03, 2013

Awesome book! Language is easy to understand and colorful; entertaining without being tedious.

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Karol Marquez

August 28, 2013

Awesome reading for my entertainment and bedtime stories for my son.

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Helen Warner

March 01, 2013

As with most children, I loved reading fairy tale stories when I was quite young. Now, as an adult, I rediscovered the same joy and fascination I had with reading fairy tales as a child, through this book. It was definitely difficult to put down - I kept wanting to begin a new tale, as soon as I had finished with another!

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Garry LeCount

August 10, 2012

Good read for children

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Amy Ann

February 20, 2012

Good

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Carolyn Rigby

January 05, 2012

Good read