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Full of mischief, valor, ribaldry, and romance, The Arabian Nights has enthralled readers for centuries. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever.

This volume reproduces the 1932 Modern Library edition, for which Bennett A. Cerf chose the most famous and representative stories from Sir Richard F. Burton's multivolume translation, and includes Burton's extensive and acclaimed explanatory notes. These tales, including Alaeddin; or, the Wonderful Lamp, Sinbad the Seaman and Sinbad the Landsman, and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, have entered into the popular imagination, demonstrating that Shahrazad's spell remains unbroken.


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Published: Random House Publishing Group an imprint of Random House Publishing Group on Aug 26, 2009
ISBN: 9780307417015
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Sir Richard Burton's translation presents a nice selection of the stories. He's chosen many of the most popular tales, (including Aladdin), plus a large number of lesser-known - but still highly entertaining - stories. His translations are perhaps a tad colonial, but in most cases I found that he managed to capture that Arabian feel pretty nicely.I do have one major complaint with Burton's work, though: he hasn't paragraphed at all. As a result, this book is a very slow read. It doesn't flow nearly as well as it should, and it's difficult to stop in the middle of what are sometimes very long stories. Still, the mass market paperback edition is very reasonably priced, and it's a rewarding collection if you can manage to wade through it.read more
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**** The Thousand and One Nights is one of the great story collections of world literature. I fault this volume partly because some of Burton's choices of language are obscure and partly because what I really want is the entire work, not just a selected set of stories.read more
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Some of the more memorable stories. A lovely selection. It would be wonderful if the notes were footnotes instead of placed in the appendix (really annoying to flip around 700+ pages to find a translation for something minor), but the authenticity has been well preserved. The language is flowery, beautiful, and a bit antiquated (I can feel like a smart feller!).read more
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Sir Richard Burton's translation presents a nice selection of the stories. He's chosen many of the most popular tales, (including Aladdin), plus a large number of lesser-known - but still highly entertaining - stories. His translations are perhaps a tad colonial, but in most cases I found that he managed to capture that Arabian feel pretty nicely.I do have one major complaint with Burton's work, though: he hasn't paragraphed at all. As a result, this book is a very slow read. It doesn't flow nearly as well as it should, and it's difficult to stop in the middle of what are sometimes very long stories. Still, the mass market paperback edition is very reasonably priced, and it's a rewarding collection if you can manage to wade through it.
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**** The Thousand and One Nights is one of the great story collections of world literature. I fault this volume partly because some of Burton's choices of language are obscure and partly because what I really want is the entire work, not just a selected set of stories.
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Some of the more memorable stories. A lovely selection. It would be wonderful if the notes were footnotes instead of placed in the appendix (really annoying to flip around 700+ pages to find a translation for something minor), but the authenticity has been well preserved. The language is flowery, beautiful, and a bit antiquated (I can feel like a smart feller!).
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