Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Whatever Gets You Through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments” as Want to Read:
Whatever Gets You Through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Whatever Gets You Through the Night: A Story of Sheherezade and the Arabian Entertainments

3.41  ·  Rating Details ·  29 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews

"I fear each passing night that I will not receive my maintenance dose of suspense, and then I will cease to exist."--Whatever Gets You through the Night


Whatever Gets You through the Night is an irreverent and deeply funny retelling of the Arabian Nights and a wildly inspired exploration of the timeless art of storytelling. Award-winning writer Andrei Codrescu reimagines
...more
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published May 15th 2011 by Princeton University Press (first published January 1st 2011)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Whatever Gets You Through the Night, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Whatever Gets You Through the Night

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 147)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic
The Thousand and One Nights, also known as The Arabian Nights, is the world’s best-travelled collection of stories, and the most popular. It might be the most-read book in English after the Bible and Shakespeare, but it has a different kind of familiarity than those canonical works.Read more...
Atomman
Jul 04, 2012 Atomman rated it liked it

Codrescu's meditation on Sheherezade, the teller of the 1001 tales, is occasionally brilliant and frequently maddening. The author applies his prodigious imagination to an extended retelling of the frame story of the Arabian Nights and a few of the opening tales, along the way mixing in an excellent overview of the various translations plus musings on the nature of storytelling. The copious footnotes are at times hilarious, puzzling (as in "Really? He interrupted the flow of the story to tell me
...more
Michael Arden
Jan 22, 2012 Michael Arden rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the catchy cover art, this is a tedious outing to the realm of the ARABIAN NIGHTS. The author reworks the framing story by giving Sheherezade the powers of a medium to foretell the future to the extent that she can place the setting of a tale in the Turkish Sultanate, which did not yet exist during the Baghdad Caliphate, where the stories are spun. He also states that her three Fates were called Antoine Galland, Richard Burton and Husain Haddawy, all famous translators of the NIGHTS who ...more
Marsha
We know the basic tale of the inventive, clever Sheherezade: how the cruel King Shahryar wedded and bedded a different virgin every night and had her killed at dawn and how Sheherezade bargained with her life by entertaining him for 1,001 nights until he no longer wished to kill her, thus saving an entire nation of terrified women. This novel tells how this all began, how two kings were betrayed and their very different reactions following the murder of their betrayers.

It roves wittily through
...more
Lestari Hairul
Sep 05, 2015 Lestari Hairul rated it it was amazing
This was both infuriating and bloody brilliant. Wow. I can't breathe. I read this on trains and I finished it in bed. I'm having a moment of mind-blowing awe. This is the best incarnation of Scherezade yet. And the best retelling. Wow.
Tom
Aug 17, 2011 Tom marked it as to-read
Well, shoot, who could resist this, especially since Amazon is offering at 45% off. (as a companion reading, I heartily recommend Edward Rice's bio Captain Sire Richard Francis Burton, one of first Eng translators of Arabian Tales)
Annie Garvey
Annie Garvey marked it as to-read
Sep 10, 2016
Clara
Clara marked it as to-read
Jul 31, 2016
Rhonda Pickens
Rhonda Pickens marked it as to-read
Aug 12, 2016
Fernanda
Fernanda marked it as to-read
Jun 02, 2016
Cobagibu
Cobagibu marked it as to-read
May 11, 2016
Fernanda Bueno
Fernanda Bueno marked it as to-read
Apr 04, 2016
Aniruddh Sudharshan
Aniruddh Sudharshan marked it as to-read
Apr 03, 2016
Karl
Karl rated it really liked it
Mar 12, 2016
Nimfa
Nimfa marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2016
Kevin
Kevin marked it as to-read
Feb 14, 2016
Mela
Mela marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2015
Contrology
Contrology marked it as to-read
Jan 01, 2016
Siddharth Agrawal
Siddharth Agrawal marked it as to-read
Dec 24, 2015
Anca  Ciochina
Anca Ciochina marked it as to-read
Oct 04, 2015
Ian
Ian rated it really liked it
Sep 16, 2015
Fatima
Fatima marked it as to-read
Aug 22, 2015
Jacob
Jacob marked it as to-read
Aug 13, 2015
Elizabeth Macleod
Elizabeth Macleod marked it as to-read
Jun 24, 2015
Ben
Ben rated it really liked it
Jun 22, 2015
Becky Bosshart
Becky Bosshart marked it as to-read
Jun 16, 2015
IKE DELORENZO
IKE DELORENZO rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2015
Kristin
Kristin rated it liked it
Mar 16, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
36088
Andrei Codrescu is a Romanian-born American poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for National Public Radio. He was Mac Curdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University from 1984 until his retirement in 2009.
More about Andrei Codrescu...

Share This Book