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The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night - Volume 9

Book Overview: 

This is a collection of stories collected over thousands of years by various authors, translators and scholars. The are an amalgam of mythology and folk tales from the Indian sub-continent, Persia, and Arabia. No original manuscript has ever been found for the collection, but several versions date the collection's genesis to somewhere between AD 800-900. The stories are wound together under the device of a long series of cliff-hangers told by Shahrazad to her husband Shahryar, to prevent him from executing her. Many tales that have become independently famous come from the Book, among them Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and the voyages of Sinbad the Sailor. This collection comes from the ninth of sixteen volumes translated by Burton.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Jali'ad became proficient in goodly learning and fair culture, and the Olema said to him, "Never saw we one so richly gifted with understanding as is this boy Allah bless thee in him and give thee joy of his life!" When the Prince had completed his twelfth year, he knew the better part of every science and excelled all the Olema and sages of his day; wherefore his governors brought him to his sire and said to him "Allah gladden thine eyes, O King, with this auspicious youth! We bring him to thee after he hath learnt all manner knowledge; and there is not one of the learned men of the time nor a scientist who hath attained to that whereto he hath attained of science." The King rejoiced in this with joy exceeding and, thanking the Almighty, prostrated himself in gratitude before Allah (to whom belong Majesty and Might!), saying, "Laud be to the Lord for His mercies incalculable!" Then he called his Chief Wazir and said to him, "Know, O Shimas, that the governors of my son . . . Read More

Community Reviews

No one ever told me this compilation is so humongous. The translation by Richard Francis Burton is 16 volumes in total. The first book itself is relatively large and reading all 16 is too much, so I've stopped at the first volume.

The wrap around sure be familiar to most people. In short, Shahrzade m

What I learned from this book is that pretty much all women are deceitful whores, many of them are also witches, and they should all be put to death. As you can imagine, this message grew tiresome, and eventually, I decided I'd had enough. I only made it to somewhere in the vicinity of Night 20, but

This book is designed in old English, sometimes hard to comprehend, it has lot of poetry , and i believe it helps reader to successfully travel the arab world . Good book.

Arabian nights tales has always have a special place in my heart, for its wonderful plot and unexpected events happened through each story.

Impossibly rich,, impossibly imaginative, one of the great treasure chests of world literature. It reveals a vast, densely populated hallucinatory landscape, the hallucinations being those of 8th-11th century Islam. The earliest group of stories were strung together in the 8th century and were proba

30 nights into this colossus of a tale containing a staggering amount of layers of stories, I have taken away the following:

Women are deceitful and unfaithful by nature, and it is a reasonable thing to kill them if they are found guilty of adultery. Better make sure that they are actually guilty _be

I couldn't stop singing songs from Aladdin while reading this. I was surprised by how engaging this was. I expected to like the stories I was familiar with and not many others, which is what has happened with most fairy tales I've read. I did like reading about Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sinbad, but I th

Reading some reviews of this book you either love it or you hate it, maybe I just didn't get it. I had set out to listen to the whole collection, a huge undertaking but I figured, what the heck, they seem to be important books so I'll check them out. The stories are fine but get somewhat repetitive

This review is over Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
I thought the classic story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves was one that was both ironic and entertaining. It was ironic to me that the house servant of Ali Baba is actually the hero of the whole story. Ali Baba just seemed to be at the right plac

Update 3: I've read 15 volumes, only 2 left. Strangely, the two most famous tales from the Nights, Aladdin and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves, are not in Richard Burton's "official canon" but are rather in the supplemental volumes, in several versions by different translators.

Update 2: I have finished

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