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New Arabian Nights

Robert Louis Stevenson

Book Overview: 

New Arabian Nights is a collection of short stories which include Robert Louis Stevenson's earliest fiction as well as those considered his best work in the genre. The first and longest story stars Prince Florizel of Bohemia who appears in the later collection of stories "The Dynamiter."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Silas blushed and somewhat hung his head; for the scheme he had in view had involved a little vain-glorying before his acquaintances.

"Above all," she added, "do not speak to the porter as you come out."

"And why?" said he. "Of all your instructions, that seems to me the least important."

"You at first doubted the wisdom of some of the others, which you now see to be very necessary," she replied. "Believe me, this also has its uses; in time you will see them; and what am I to think of your affection, if you refuse me such trifles at our first interview?"

Silas confounded himself in explanations and apologies; in the middle of these she looked up at the clock and clapped her hands together with a suppressed scream.

"Heavens!" she cried, "is it so late? I have not an instant to lose. Alas, we poor women, what slaves we are! What have I not risked for you already?"

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I am beginning a Stevenson kick. Hopefully, it will last.
Appropriately, I started with the first volume of the set published by Scribner in 1903. Suicide Club, starring prince Florizel of Bohemia. ( At the end, as a result of revolution in his native land, he becomes a tobacconist.)The Russian film

" في مطعم صغير في حي (سوهو) راح الرجال الثلاثة يلتهمون عشاءً فاخرًا مع كثير من الشمبانيا.. كان الفتى مرحا لكن ضحكاته كانت أعلى مما ينبغي.. ثم إن يديه كانتا ترتجفان..
سأله الأمير وقد أشعل كل منهم سيجارا:
- أمقت أن أبدو متطفلا.. إلا أنني وصاحبي لخليقان بأن نحفظ السر.. فإذا كانت حكايتك سخيفة فاطمئن.. فإن

Swithering between 4 and 5 stars for this. Objectively, it's probably a 4; but subjectively, I found a new author I really love and I'm going to start collecting in earnest, so this gets a 5.

This isn't a translation of Arabian Nights, but a new (in the 1870s) collection of linked short stories, taki

Beautiful way with language (despite being written about two centuries ago, it doesn’t seem dated) and expression.

What makes one like or dislike a book? More often than not, it’s dependent on the degree to which you relate to what’s being written, or that you agree with or approve of the table the a

Nunca he leído nada de Stevenson que no me haya fascinado. Disfruto tanto el acto de leerlo como la manera en que se queda en mi cabeza por semanas (y días y meses y años), con pequeñas postales, imágenes, fragmentos de diálogo, breves anécdotas. Todo en Stevenson está bien; éste es mi mundo literar

ENGLISH: This collection contains several sets of stories:
a) The Suicide Club, 3 stories about Prince Florizel.
b) The Rajah's Diamond, 4 stories involving Prince Florizel.
c) The Pavilion on the Links, a novella whose structure and style reminded me of "The strange case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde." The

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