Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, Paperback Book

Tales from the Thousand and One Nights Paperback

Illustrated by William Harvey

4 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Offering unexpurgated translations of the best-loved tales, including such classics as 'Sindbad the Sailor', Tales from the Thousand and One Nights - sometimes known as the Arabian Nights - is translated with an introduction by N.J.

Dawood in Penguin Classics.The tales told by Scheherazade over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahryar 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 also anchored to everyday life by their bawdiness and realism, providing a full and intimate record of medieval Eastern world.In this selection, N.J.

Dawood presents the reader with an unexpurgated translation of the finest and best-known tales, preserving their spirited narrative style in lively modern English.

In his introduction, he discusses their origins in the East and their differences from Classical Arabic literature, and examines English translations of the tales since the eighteenth century.If you enjoyed Tales from the Thousand and One Nights, you might like Snorri Sturlson's The Prose Edda, also available in Penguin Classics.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • 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 Even though the values are outdated and somewhat of the 'men are far superior and women are all whores' category, I still couldn't help but be fascinated by a world so different from my own.