Tales from the Thousand and One Nights : Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, Paperback

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights : Tales from the Thousand and One Nights Paperback

Illustrated by William Harvey

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


The tales told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature.

From the epic adventures of "Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp" to the farcical "Young Woman and her Five Lovers" and the social criticism of "The Tale of the Hunchback", the stories depict a fabulous world of all-powerful sorcerers, jinns imprisoned in bottles and enchanting princesses.

But despite their imaginative extravagance, the Tales are anchored to everyday life by their realism, providing a full and intimate record of medieval Islam.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages, illustrations
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780140442892



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One of my favorite books. I love the story of Sheherazzade and her stregnth and courage.

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Some of these stories are entertaining, and short. Most of them start out entertaining, and then go on. and on. and on. If this is what the original Aladdin is like, then (heaven help me for saying this) Walt Disney did us all a favor.

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I really enjoyed this collection of stories and the insight it offered to lands far far away I have only ever dreamed of, during a time of magic and wonderment. Even though the values are outdated and somewhat of the 'men are far superior and women are all whores' category, I still couldn't help but be fascinated by a world so different from my own.