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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

Really enjoyed this strange translation with its convoluted sentence structure and odd phrasings. Added to the dreamlike quality of these tales, which turned out to be much more grim (like those original Brother Grimm stories) than I had learned as a wee thing. But would like more of a traditional t

This book was okay. After a while, the short stories got repetitive and way too predictable.

First of all the version I read was 200 pages not 144 so it was slightly longer than the information on the site would let you believe. These are interesting stories. I especially enjoyed the stories about Sinbad the Sailor. I expected the stories to be shorter and there to be more of them but I was

Great stories but poor edition. All the sex jokes and potty humor removed. Sad!

Used the Fisherman and the Genie story in my writing class. The kids were very inspired to finish the story in their own way. These handpicked and edited tales made more friendly for kids are great!

This fine but odd collection of stories from a long-forgotten book club edition was a nice introductory trip to Arabian Nights land for my five-year-old daughter, though I had to edit some of the language and content for her as I read it to her at bedtimes. It tells you effectively nothing about the

In this book from the Junior Deluxe Book Club, I was first introduced to Aladdin, Ali Baba, Sinbad and Scheherazade. Housman's prose was excellent but now that I know it was originally part of a book with Edmond Dulac's illustrations, I am coveting that one.I hope that children are still reading som

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