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The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, vol 1 by Sir Richard Francis Burton
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The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, vol 1

by Sir Richard Francis Burton

18 ratings, 5 reviews

The subtitle for Sir Richard Francis Burton's Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, is "A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments," however, given the tendencies of its translator, it is anything but plain. Burton wasn't some crotchety old scholar lucubrating his way through the Arabic in far away England; he had lived all over the Middle East, Asia, and Africa, and spoke 29 languages to boot. The Book of the Thousand Nights contains the larger story of Scheherazade, who supposedly told each tale to her murderous husband over the course of the night so she might keep her head.

Burton's translation of the Arabian Nights is in 16 volumes, and at the end of each are his footnotes. Be sure not to skip these, as they're a wealth of anthropological and cultural info written by a most frank and sometimes libidinous author. The collection itself can be traced by back thousands of years and comes from sources such as Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian, and Mesopotamian. Some of the best-known stories of The Nights' are "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp", "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor."

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Stephanie Burn

May 31, 2014

Retarded book


Didi Burns

June 23, 2013

Loved the whole book the writing style was enjoyably written in ye old english yeah bring back the real english language,the references to old cultures and customs and old civilizations was a feast of ancient history and of great importance to add to this great writers skills of great story writing


Doug Field

March 04, 2013

No formating, just a wall of text. Very hard to read.


Arif Shafi

March 07, 2012

A great piece of translation, from a great writer. He knew the region well as he lived there for long, which is very important for good


Isra Tanweer

October 08, 2011

Well, a very interesting book, I must say. Something out of the ordinary to read. Felt good.