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The Arabian Nights

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  48,905 ratings  ·  1,211 reviews
This elegant edition of 10 classic tales of The Arabian Nights features a powerful introduction by Mark Helprin, offering new insight into the "thousand mercurial forms" and "inexact nature" of these Eastern tales. Helprin probes for fresh understanding of our culture's deep engagement with these fantastical imaginings which, after being passed along orally for thousands o ...more
Published August 1st 1996 by Book-of-the-Month Club (first published 900)
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Cibele Andrade The original 1001 Nights (or the compilations of it) are not what I would call children fairy tales. At least, i wouldn't give them to a child to…moreThe original 1001 Nights (or the compilations of it) are not what I would call children fairy tales. At least, i wouldn't give them to a child to read. You should give them a try. =)(less)
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Ah, if only I could write like the late Sir Richard Burton! Normally I dislike translations, but to refuse to read The Arabian Nights on those grounds would be like refusing to read the Bible. I love parodying people's styles, and I have tried my utmost to parody Burton convincingly, but I can't do it. He's too clever. He has taken this unique book, a miraculous survival from the most ancient antiquity, and he has created a unique language to make it accessible to us: the backbone is a kind of S ...more
The more I read user reviews of The Arabian Nights, the more convinced I am that people are just posting negative things to be contrary. How can you not love this collection of stories?

Common complaints:

1)It's racist -- Yes, the work itself, by today's standards, could probably be considered racist. This work was originally written many thousands of years ago. Keep that in mind and get off your high horse.

2) It's misogynistic-- I disagree. That which would be considered misogynistic falls into
JG (The Introverted Reader)
For those 2 people who don't know, The Arabian Nights is sort of a collection of short stories told in the Arabian world, as I'm told it should be called, (which seems to include India and parts of China) waaaaaay back in the day. The framework of the story is about a sultan who caught his wife cheating on him. After he has her killed, he decides to take out his revenge on the entire sex, so he marries a different wife every day and has her killed the next morning. Scheherazade is the Grand Vizi ...more
Petra X
When I was a little girl my grandmother gave me a big, blue, cloth bound edition of this book. It had the most exquisite coloured plates protected by tissue paper interleaved with the printed sheets. It was the perfect storybook for a bookish, fanciful child living in an abusive home. I spent a year reading this book. Every night I would read it and disappear from all the fear and unpleasantness around me into this realm of people in exotic clothes who could do magic. I cherished the book. I too ...more
A library of books is the fairest garden in the world, and to walk there is an ecstasy.
Within the span of the ninth to the thirteen centuries my library consists of these: Beowulf, The Pillow Book, The Tale of Genji, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, The Sagas of Icelanders, Njal's Saga, and this. What a show of power, then, that a monumental collection the likes of which the Anglo world has never even attempted to replicate is popularly framed as a collection of children's tales, sexy times, a
¿Aladino era de China? ¿¡DE CHINA!?

Mi vida entera ha sido un engaño...
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 12, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books; 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Oh, the wonders of literature! While reading this book I could not help but sing the songs or hum the tunes associated with the tales:
A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming
I grew up with mostly Filipino komiks around me. Only my father loved reading books and we had very few (compared to what I have now) classics and contemporary books at home. My parents did not read to me when I was young. Those are the reasons why I miss
[As I have not read the Nights yet, this is not a commentary on them, but rather a comparison of the many translations available. This used to be a comment on my not-yet-review of the first volume of the Lyons translation of the Nights, but I thought it would be more helpful if it was a review. I've expanded on some of my earlier comments and tried to be more critical than "I like this one" or "this one seems odd", which was all I had time to write at the time I posted the comment. This is restr ...more
Destiny Dawn Long
This edition is a translation of the first 271 nights from the "1001 Nights" cycle.

One of my favorite aspects of this work is the role of Shahrazad. While many people discuss that she is telling the stories to save her own life, what people fail to recognize many times is that, really, she volunteers to be placed in the position in order to save her kingdom. She's a great literary heroine--saving the world through storytelling.

It also provides a great lens into a world that today is depicted i
I am planning to read through this whole book someday, I swear. But it's going to be a slow process. Here, in list form, are the reasons I may or may not finish The Arabian Nights.

Reasons I May Finish This Ridiculously Long Book:
-Scheherazade (or whichever of the twenty ways to spell her name you prefer) is kind of a badass genius. Since her father is the king's vizier, she gets exempted from said batshit crazy king's plan to marry and then kill every single available virgin in the city. But she
I really need a 2.5 stars option, though I would end up using it on three-fourths of everything. As a generic, I can neither recommend nor disavow this book.

Okay so the beloved Arabian Nights, tales from a thousand and one nights. I should start with what this is NOT. This is not a linear story about a princess telling stories to a king. This is not a childrens' read involving genies, magic, and cyclopi (I refuse to spell this any other way, no matter the red line beneath it). This IS a collecti
Nov 30, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: djinn, princess, enchanted fish and mermaids everywhere
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list and a love of all things from the orient
Having just re-read this book i'm reminded how the flowery wording and a hint of "eastern promise" manages to white wash over the actual issues of the story. Sheharezade is actually technically being kept hostage with a death penalty hanging over her head, forced to spin yarns to save not only her skin but that of all the other virgins in the vicinty. Her tales touch on marital rape, mass murder, theft, deception, fratricide, regicide, racism and necromancy. And you all thought American Psycho w ...more
داستان اسب آبنوس بهترین داستان این مجموعه بود. بعضی از داستان های کوتاه (که از نیمه ی جلد دوم شروع میشدند) هم خیلی جالب و بعضاً بسیار خنده آور و مفرّح بودند. ولی اسب آبنوس خیلی هیجان انگیز و جادویی بود. از اون حکایت هایی که آدم دوست داره بچه داشته باشه، فقط برای این که شب ها ماجراجویی های شاهزاده ی جوان که با اسب چوبی پرنده شاهزاده خانم رو دزدید رو براش تعریف کنه.
Huda Aweys
Aug 14, 2015 Huda Aweys is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
و قبل أن تدلف إلى هذا العالم الساحر و الشائق .. عالم
(ألف ليلة و ليلة) ..
من فضلك ..
لا تنسى وضع عقلك خارجا على بوابته ! ،
أرح عقلك قليلا ، و الا فلن تشعر بالمتعة أبدا
:) !
حكاية جوه حكاية من ورا حكاية
ايه دا بجد :) !! ؟
كأنك واقع في محيط .. بتسحبك فيه و برغم ارادتك .. دوامة لذيذة
بتسحبك من حكاية للتانية .. من عالم للتاني ... بتسحبك لتاريخ .. لحضارات .. لجزر و قصور .. لحضرة ملوك الجان وسلاطين الإنس ! ... بتسحبك .. بتسحبك .. بنعومة .. و انت مستسلم .. مستسلم .. لغاية ماتغرّق وعيك
What you thought was the Arabian Nights was more likely Richard Burton's bastardized, inflated 19th-century adaptation, which was as much about Richard Burton (and his weird ideas about sex) as it was about Arabia.

Which is sortof neither here nor there; there is no canonical version of Arabian Nights anyway. It's just an umbrella term for, basically, all of the Middle East's favorite stories. And if the version that heavily influenced guys like Borges was Burton's, isn't Burton's version the on
“Shahrazad turned to King Shahrayar and said, ‘May I have your permission to tell a story?’ He replied, ‘Yes,’ and Shahrazad was very happy and said, “Listen”:

Of all of the world’s story collections, surely The Arabian Nights has the best framing device—the best fictional pretext by which to justify the telling of the other stories. I mean the story of Shahrazad (as this text transliterates her name), the daughter of the vizier to King Shahrayar. Bitter over his first wife’s betrayal, Shahrayar
This is a very sad book, in the sense that it makes you think, "What the hell happened to Baghdad?". Here, Baghdad is pretty much the most magical city in the world, and most of the Arabian Nights takes place in or around it. The world of the Arabian Nights is amazingly liberal compared to Europe of the same period (which is roughly the 13th century), especially when it comes to women. From the storytelling heroine Scheherazade on down, most of the women of the Arabian Nights are well-educated a ...more
Manar El-moselhey
اول كتاب عربي اقراه ...
من اكثر الكتب التي اثرت في اتجاهتي وميولي الادبية
خليط رائع من الثقافة العربية
والهندية و الخيال والاساطير
كتاب فعلا يستحق القراءة

كان من حسن حظي اني قريت نسخة نادرة ليه :
لم يعدل عليها كثيرا

عبارة عن 3 كتب كل منهم لا يقل عن 500-600 صفحة

اخذت قراءته منى حوالي سنة -على فترات متفرقة
Ahmad Sharabiani
996. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
هزار و یک شب
همیشه ماندنی، همیشه یادگار قصه ها و غصه های روزهای دور، همیشه دوست دوست
996. The Thousand And One Nights, Anonymous

در بارهء اصل «هزار و یک شب» که از شناخته ترین کتابهای جهان است و تقریبا به همهء زبانهای زندهء دنیا ترجمه شده، سخن بسیار گفته اند و از معتبرترین نوشته ها در این باب یکی مطلبی است که مسعودی (متوفی به سال 346 هجری قمری) در مروج الذهب آورده، و دیگری قول ابن ندیم (متوفی به سال 385 هجری قمری) در الفهرست، از سخنان این دو چنین برمیآید،
Jim Coughenour
A couple years ago I read the Husain Haddawy translation of these tales wih my reading group at Symposium - which I truly enjoyed. At the same time I was reading Robert Irwin's beguiling introduction to the tales. And just as everything was wrapping up, I discovered that Penguin was scheduled to publish a much fuller version around Christmas, so I promptly ordered the "wonderful three-volume, luxury, limited edition boxset" for my Christmas present. Now, stimulated by Codrescu's retelling, I've ...more
"Arabian nights, like Arabian days
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways

Arabian nights, 'neath Arabian moons
A fool off his guard
Could fall and fall hard
Out there on the dunes

A Sultan after catching his wife of cheating on him takes revenge on all women by marrying them then having them executed on the night after they are wed. The daughter of a Grand-Vizir saves her skin by telling the Sultan a story and so he delays her execution so he could hear what happens next. T
مستحيل ان انتهي من قرائتها
ليست مجرد حكايا بل مرجع غني لكلمات اللغة العربية ولكل من يرغب بزيادة حصيلته اللغوية
مرجع حيوي ومشوق ليس مثل الأطالس والمعاجم الجامدة
These stories were so much funnier and bawdier than I was expecting! I was expecting more adventurous stories - more akin to what I know of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" - yet a large number of these stories featured rather licentious women! It wasn't something I was expecting out of a set of stories being told by a woman to a man who was obsessed with the idea of unfaithful wives!

This particular edition is based off the core set of tales compiled by Muhsin Mahdi which reflect only the stori
The timing of this book coming into my life could not have been better. I picked it up on a whim at a used bookstore while on vacation and shortly after I returned home, the US started its war with Iraq. People of the Muslim faith were greatly misunderstood and images coming back from Baghdad and Mosul and Fallujah were of a bombed out seemingly third world country. Arabian Nights portrayed a much different civilization, one of culture, class, great faith, and a very advanced society. Ever exten ...more
مهدی پیچک؛ پیچک سر به هوا
مدتی بود هر شب چند صفحه ای از این کتاب رو مطالعه می کردم...

تجربه ی جالبی بود. توصیه می کنم اگه قصد دارین قصه گوهای خوبی باشین برای کودکان تون و قصد دارین تو این زمینه روی خودتون کار کنین،از حال و هوای هزار و یک شب به ساده گی نگذرید. گرچه الان ترجمه های و چاپ های متفاوتی از این مجموعه تو بازار هست که من مقایسه نکردم شون
Emtiaj Hasan
May 31, 2015 Emtiaj Hasan marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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পৃষঠার মধযে পৃষঠা পরযনত পড়েছিলাম, অনেক বছর আগে। আলিফ লায়লা সমবনধে যেকোন একজনের কি ধারণা থাকে? রূপকথার বই, অসাধারণ বলাহ বলাহ বলাহ। আলাদিন পড়ে বা বিটিভির আলিফ লায়লা দেখেই তো একটা পরজনম বেড়ে উঠেছে। কিনতু এই বইটা পড়তে গিয়ে আমার পুরো ধারণা পালটে গেল। রীতিমত অশলীল বই। বাচচাদের কাছ থেকে একশত হাত দূরে রাখার মত। যেমন বরণনা তেমনিই রগরগে ইলাসটরেশন।

আমি রকিব হাসান অনূদিত, বিশবসাহিতয কেনদর করতৃক কাঁট-ছাঁট করা চারখনডের বই পড়ার জনয অপেকষা করে আছি অনেকদিন থেকে।
Ana Mardoll
The Arabian Nights / 0-486-22289-6

I'm a bit of an "Thousand Nights" enthusiast -- I enjoy the stories immensely and I have four separate translations in my personal library. Several friends have asked me to discuss the differences between the editions, so I thought I'd present a four-way comparison and then talk about which version is best for which audience.

For the purposes of the four-way comparison, I will draw text from the opening tale of the two kingly brothers in order to highlight how e
Feb 16, 2008 HM marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
صد و شصت سال پس از ترجمه فارسی هزار ویک شب، یک ناشر و مترجم در ایران متن کامل و جامعی از این کتاب معروف را به زبان فارسی برگردانده اند. این ترجمه بر اساس متون معتبر عربی و با بهره گیری از ترجمه های معتبر انگلیسی و فرانسوی انجام شده است
نشر مرکز که از جمله ناشران با سابقه ایران است، از سال به ابراهیم اقلیدی، که در ادبیات عرب و جهانی دستی دارد، پیشنهاد داد برگردان فارسی کاملی از این کتاب را به دست بگیرد

اقلیدی نیز علاوه بر فراهم کردن منابع تحقیق و نسخه های معتبر این کتاب، تحقیقی جدی درباره کتاب و
وصلت لصفحة 200 و معرفتش اقرا كلمة زيادة, بدأتها اصلا عشان اعرف ايه اللى خلى بورخيس مهووس بها حتى النهاية ,كان المفروض اقرأها من 10 او 12سنة على الأقل.انا بقيت عجوزة جدا على احتمال المبالغات و السخافات و النهايات السعيدة و الانفعالات المبالغ فيها و الشعر شديد الرداءة.
Very entertaining and clever in the set up and framing of the stories. Some very funny and others devilishly wry, with only a one that just did not pull me in. I noticed two main themes among many others: 1. Men are constructed as the focus for most of the stories (yes, I know that Shahrazad is bold and takes a huge risk and a few female witches rear their crafty heads). Their pride and arrogance in their positions of power pretty much are the set up for the stories; and 2. The value of the stor ...more
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