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The Arabian Nights Entertainments by Anonymous
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The Arabian Nights Entertainments

by Anonymous

92 ratings, 13 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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Aloysius De Souza

April 03, 2014

Interesting stories with a haunting flavour.


Dante Hutcherson

December 06, 2013

Awesome book!!


John Lange

October 15, 2013

U got to read it


Christrose Sumner

October 07, 2013

This time round realised 'soap', repetitive plots, and this edition doesn't give sense of the desperate plight of the storyteller. Sickening way women and underlings are treated and I'm afraid reflected in current times.


Idy Maderos

August 24, 2013

This book is Awesome from beginning to end!


P Davis

May 30, 2013

Great book, tons of short stories, enjoyed by all ages.


Faith Sullivan

February 13, 2013

Hey! This is Sir Richard Francis Burton's work. Burton gathered these tales, translating them into twenty-four languages, and then publishing them with insightful endnotes throughout. He completed these stories in the later part of his life--somewhere around 1885-1888, but most definitely prior to 1890 since this was the year that he died and he was busy completing The Sensual Garden, The Kama Sutra, and an autobiography of his own disturbingly fascinating life. The Tales of One Thousand and One Nights are still wonderfully engrossing and mystically enchanting--critical reading for all.


Shuddhasattwa Ghosh

December 02, 2012

Awsome and romatic and mysterious


Jake Mroczenski

November 05, 2012

Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooks goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood


Waseem Arif

November 04, 2012

Great literature of arabic. It is translated almost in all known languages


Narisa Na Pattalung

April 08, 2012

great techniques of writing and plot, good moral lessons , tons of entertaining stories !!


Atul Rane

March 15, 2012

Good stories tied with one thread...


Charles Andoh

February 25, 2012

It was a very good read, containing a lot of unheard of stories. The stories show that good will always prevail over evil.