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The Arabian Nights Entertainments

Andrew Lang

Book Overview: 

The Arabian Nights is a collection of Perso-Arabic folk tales and other stories. The collection, or at least certain stories drawn from it (or purporting to be drawn from it), became widely known in the West from the 18th century, after it was translated from the Arabic — first into French and then into English and other European languages. The first English language edition, based on Galland’s French rather than the original Arabic, rendered the title as The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment – and this, or simply The Arabian Nights, has been the title by which it has been best known to English-speaking people ever since.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .This man, from pure goodness of heart, forsook the town where he lived and came to dwell here, in the hope of curing one of his neighbours of the envy he felt towards him. But his character soon won him the esteem of all, and the envious man's hatred grew, till he came here with the deliberate intention of causing his death. And this he would have done, without our help, the very day before the Sultan has arranged to visit this holy dervish, and to entreat his prayers for the princess, his daughter."

"But what is the matter with the princess that she needs the dervish's prayers?" asked another voice.

"She has fallen into the power of the genius Maimoum, the son of Dimdim," replied the first voice. "But it would be quite simple for this holy chief of the dervishes to cure her if he only knew! In his convent there is a black cat which has a tiny white tip to its tail. Now to cure the princess the dervish must pull out seven of these white hair. . . Read More

Community Reviews

As I say in my review, I wanted to write a parody of this wonderful book but was forced to admit defeat. Burton is too damn clever for a good parody to be possible. During my preliminary negotiations, I had however received a remarkable offer from Alfonso. A Burton parody without political incorr...more

996. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
هزار و یک شب ، ابراهیم اقلیدی در شش جلد
تاریخ خوانش: هفده ژوئن سال 2013 میلادی
در مجلد نخست داستانهای: «شهریار و برادرش شاه زمان»، «دهقان و گاو و خر او»، «بازرگان و دیو»، «پیر نخستین و ماده آهو»، «پیر دوم»، «پیر سوم»، «ماهیگیر و دیو»، «وزیر یونان شاه و رو...more

Ah, if only I could write like the late Sir Richard Burton! Normally I dislike translations, but to refuse to read The Arabian Nights on those grounds would be like refusing to read the Bible. I love parodying people's styles, and I have tried my utmost to parody Burton convincingly, but I can't...more


عالم من الحكايا و الأساطير و الأدب المبكر جدا فى تاريخنا العربى
لم اقتنع أبدا برقم ألف ليلة و ليلة فقررت أن أزيدكم من الشعر بيت

و لما كانت الليلة الثانية بعد الألف
جلس الملك شهريار يأكل الممبار
و يشاهد فيلم العار قائلا لشهرزاد أن نور الشريف لم يكن حمار
و أن روقه هي ست الدار

ثم تناول الريموت و باكو البس...more

هذا الكتاب المجهول النسب (يُعتبر) من أشهر كتبنا العربية في ثقافتنا رغم ضعف لغته وركاكة اسلوبه وتفشي المفردة العامية فيه لكنه هو من ساهم بالتعريف ومايزال يساهم بالتعريف بالهوية الثقافية العربية الأدبية وغير الأدبية.

هذه الهوية التي باتت أحيان مكان مسبة عند الغربي من ناحية تركّز ثقافة صورة الجمل وحب...more

A library of books is the fairest garden in the world, and to walk there is an ecstasy. Within the span of the ninth to the thirteen centuries my library consists of these: Beowulf, The Pillow Book, The Tale of Genji, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, The Sagas of Icelanders, Njal's Saga, and thi...more

¿Aladino era de China? ¿¡DE CHINA!?

Mi vida entera ha sido un engaño...more

When I was a little girl my grandmother gave me a big, blue, cloth bound edition of this book. It had the most exquisite coloured plates protected by tissue paper interleaved with the printed sheets. It was the perfect storybook for a bookish, fanciful child living in an abusive home. I spent a y...more

For those 2 people who don't know, The Arabian Nights is sort of a collection of short stories told in the Arabian world, as I'm told it should be called, (which seems to include India and parts of China) waaaaaay back in the day. The framework of the story is about a sultan who caught his wife c...more

The more I read user reviews of The Arabian Nights, the more convinced I am that people are just posting negative things to be contrary. How can you not love this collection of stories?

Common complaints:

1)It's racist -- Yes, the work itself, by today's standards, could probably be considered ra...more

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