The Arabian Nights,, Paperback Book
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Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her the next morning.

To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king stories of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps.

The sequence of stories will last 1,001 nights.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780140449389

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These tales are simply stunning and so important given how far their influence has spread. This first volume certainly has the pick of the bunch though, as they do get slightly repetitive by the third volume (although even this adds charm to the tales as the repetitions spread out as if in a hall of indefatigable mirrors).

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