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The Oriental Story Book

Wilhelm Hauff

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Märchen.”

Upon these words Achmet was silent some time, as if he were in doubt whether to tell this or that; at last he began to speak: “Dear friends, on this our journey you have proved yourselves faithful companions, and Selim also deserves my confidence; I will therefore [Pg 48] impart to you something of my life, of which, under other circumstances, I would speak reluctantly, and, indeed, not to any one: The History of the Spectre Ship.”

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MY father had a little shop in Balsora; he was neither rich, nor poor, but one of those who do not like to risk any thing, through fear of losing the little that they have. He brought me up plainly, but virtuously, and soon I advanced so far, that I was able to make valuable suggestions to him in his business. When I reached my eighteenth year, in the midst of his first speculation of any importance, . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is a very good,inspiring book that wakes up your imagination and spread it widely.

I was enjoying this at first. Then the stories started to seem somewhat homogeneous. And then I saw the end coming.

I would not recommend this for children. The subject matter of the framing story (killing a woman for revenge, described somewhat graphically) is not suitable for young children, an...more

A very beautiful book for children. I read it many, many times more than 50 years ago, in a Spanish translation by the Mexican editorial Queromon Editores (with marvelous illustrations by Jri Trnka). I am now waiting for my copy in English. This is an Arabian Nights type of compilation (stories w...more

The book contains 7 long oriental folktales.

The Caravan
The History of Caliph Stork
The History of the Spectre Ship
Story of the Hewn-off Hand
Fatimas Deliverance
Little Muck
The Story of the False Prince

But my favorite is the last one "The Story of the False Prince".

You can read all the storie...more

Volume in formato gigante, da apprezzare per le illustrazioni ma non di certo per i contenuti. Non sono mai stata unamante delle antologie, ma questi racconti li ho trovati davvero noiosi nonostante al tempo della lettura fossi perfettamente nel target di età cui si rivolgono.