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Stories From the Arabian Nights

Laurence Housman

Book Overview: 

Scheherazadè, the heroine of the Thousand and one Nights, ranks among the great story-tellers of the world but the great quantity of her stories were meant to stave off her death and so we can expect a few to be not of the best quality. The six stories chosen here to be retold by Laurence Housman however, are some of the very best to be had among all of them. They are beautifully written and deserve to be 'told' by readers who enjoy telling stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And immediately the four fishes lifted their heads from the frying fat and answered—

[Pg 10]

"Even so, the bond holds yet;
Paid by thee, we pay the debt.
With give and take is the reckoning met."

Thereupon the damsel upset the pan into the fire and retired through the wall in the same way that she had come, leaving the four fish all charred to a cinder.

Whereupon one upset the pan into the fire.

The cook, beholding her labour thus brought to naught, began to weep and bewail herself, expecting no less than instant dismissal, and was still loud in her lamentations when the Vizier arrived to see if the fish were ready.

Recalling the fisherman by a swift messenger.

On hearing her account of what had occurred, the Vizier was greatly astonished, but feared to bring so strange a report to the Sultan's ears while the cravings of the royal appetite . . . Read More

Community Reviews

The old stories are the best stories.

I find this is more and more true. There is a reason books are considered classics, and that's because people have told them and read them, over and over, millions and millions of times, for many, many years.

The stories in the Arabian Nights are electric and mes

Most of us are familiar with the Tales from 1001 Arabian Nights told in Syria and Persia during the ninth and tenth centuries. These stories are credited to Scheherazade who spun the exciting tales as a way to stay an execution from her husband for her unfaithfulness. In 1704 they were published in

I’ve been moving around a lot so most of my books are still all boxed up. Which means that if I want a book, I have to do an awful lot of digging around. But digging around usually means uncovering the unexpected, like books I’d totally forgotten about, which is how I found my old children’s edition

This is probably one of the oldest books that I've had on my shelf as this is one my mum bought for me when I was still in elementary school. I've been really wanted to start reading more translated works from non-European countries and felt that this was a good one to pick up. I'm sure you all know

Sindbad the Sailor and Other Stories is the second collection by the publisher Omega, of some of the "Tales from One Thousand and One Nights". The first, simply called "Arabian Nights" is reviewed separately (link here).

The two books together contain the most famous of the "Arabian Nights" tales, an

This is a lavishly illustrated edition of some of the stories from the famous One Thousand and One Nights collection of Arabian folk tales. It is beautifully produced with stitched sections of heavy quality Art paper used for the text. Interwoven are batches of thinner glossy paper, containing super

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