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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  229 ratings  ·  18 reviews
1915. Illustrated. Stevenson is best remembered for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The New Arabian Nights is a collection of tales including The Suicide Club, The Rajah's Diamond, The Pavillion on the Links and more. This was his first published collection of fiction. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Pub ...more
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Swithering between 4 and 5 stars for this. Objectively, it's probably a 4; but subjectively, I found a new author I really love and I'm going to start collecting in earnest, so this gets a 5.

This isn't a translation of Arabian Nights, but a new (in the 1870s) collection of linked short stories, taking thematic inspiration very loosely from the original. There's no Scheherazade framing story—a sad loss—but Stevenson replaces that formal trick with another: a sequence of self-contained short stori
I am beginning a Stevenson kick. Hopefully, it will last.
Appropriately, I started with the first volume of the set published by Scribner in 1903. Suicide Club, starring prince Florizel of Bohemia. ( At the end, as a result of revolution in his native land, he becomes a tobacconist.)The Russian film version starred Oleg Dal', a great Soviet actor, and Donatas Banionis (Kris in Tarkovsky's Solaris). The middle story, Pavillion of the Links, a lighter remake of Doppelganger motif, foreshadows somet
فيها قصتين.. (جوهرة الراجا) و (نادي الانتحار) .. تتكون كل منهما من عدة قصص منفصلة متصلة
أعجبتني طريقة الكتابة ولكنني شعرت بالضياع مع القصة الثانية
مثلاً فجأة نجد أن أمير بوهيميا هو من ينتظر سيلاس في العنوان المكتوب في الرسالة لاستلام الجثة بدل رئيس نادي الانتحار
وفجأة أصبح (د.نويل) متعاون مع الأمير للايقاع بصديقه المجرم
ولم أفهم أهمية وجود الشاهدين على المعركة التي حدثت بين الأمير والرئيس
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I am not exactly sure why the winter of 2011 ended up being the winter of Victorian Age Literature for me, but it was a new experience for me. The lesson I’ve learned from this season is that this type of writing is not for average reader looking for entertainment. I do love the archaic and obtuse forms of speech and writing found in these types of books. If you’re taking a English Literature class or have a erudite friend to discuss all the finer points with, these types of books will definitel ...more
(I've read this as part of a collected works volume, so this review is not specific to any individual edition of New Arabian Nights.)
New Arabian Nights may be a bit of a misnomer (there's none of the fantasy and magic associated with the original Arabian Nights/1001 Nights, nor is any of it set in an 'Arab' country...or even outside of Europe), but this collection of six tales from Stevenson is still a pleasing set of small adventures told with a light voice and humourous tone.
First up was 'The
Stevenson's earliest published short stories are included in this anthology. His eye for tragi-comic situations is evident. Having just finished a number of recently published books, it was a treat to step back into the opulence of Victorian language. Unfortunately, I found myself getting a little impatient with his plot devices. "The Suicide Club" seemed to end in a peculiarly short way, for example.

I couldn't help but reflect, though, that this sort of entertainment was the equivalent of our
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3 and a half stars. Another master of language, luxurious words dripping off of the man's tongue. I found myself loving the beginnings to these stories: the dark alleys, the faces, the character descriptions. But as I moved further within each story I seemed to somehow lose interest, probably because the stories are mostly light hearted and start to feel kitschy. All in good fun, I understand, but kind of ruined the tension I liked and felt in several of the beginnings. Make no doubt, these are ...more
Asab Asab
A collection of related stories. Light and absorbing. Great reading. Also i loved stevenson's writings on art.
Own this. Read it more than a decade ago so due for a reread.
I wanted to read it for The Pavilion on the Links which I found to be a very good work and by far the best short story of the book. The Suicide Club and The Rajah's Diamond are quite exceptional in atmosphere - the setting of which is beyond doubt Stevensons's best quality as a writer - but the stories resort too much on coincidences and deus ex machinae to my taste and so make for less interesting plots though a very enjoyable read.
What a fun book of short stories... or scenes I guess. I have to admit that of all of them I most enjoyed those involving the Prince as he is such an honorable, dashing, and interesting character. The later tales involve those of a vagabond, a Jewel, and a group of starving artists. All are well written though none of the characters are as engaging as the Prince.
Nov 08, 2007 Gemma is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I really really like the book so far. It has lots of stories about different characters... but it manages to tie the stories together, by this one character who magically appears in all the stories. Until halfway where I am now, and that character isn't appearing.....
I do not know what Robert Louis Stevenson was on when he wrote half of this, but I want some. Utterly off the wall stir plumb crazy. Fifth book of my mighty finishing spree.
Dean Zimmerman
Jul 01, 2009 Dean Zimmerman is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading this because Arthur Machen said that the style of his book, *The Three Impostors*, was taken from Stevenson's; and I like *The Three Impostors" very much.
Joshua Nuckols
Interesting stories -- written in good ol' fashioned no nonsense Stevenson style...whatever that means ;)
Jul 12, 2014 Kay marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I found my grandmother's copy of this book, probably from when she was in high school.
Not much like the Arabian Nights, but really a pretty great set of adventure tales.
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Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of
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