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The Arabian Nights (هزار و یک شب، نشر مرکز، طبقه‌ بندی شب به شب)

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Sheherezade, daughter of King Shahryar's advisor, tells her husband a different story every night to keep the king from killing her.
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published December 1st 1994 by Orchard Books (first published 800)
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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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Manny
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
Aaron
Aug 09, 2010 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Afshar
،ترس تو از مرگ
ترسناک می کند
مرگ را
که تغذیه از ترس می کند

یدالله رویایی

هزار و یک شب کتابی است در مورد ترس ها
ترس از خیانت، ترس از مرگ
شهرزاد برای نجات جان خود و دیگر زنان شهر، مجبور به قصه گویی می شود
تا با آن پادشاه روانپریشی را معالجه کند
شهرزاد وقت وداع گفت: فقط چند واژه مرا از مرگ می گیرد

این پادشاه بر اساس تجربه شخصی خود و برادرش، همه زنان را خائن می داند و بعد برطرف ساختن شهوتش، آنان را به جلاد می سپارد. همین ترس از مرگ، شهرزاد را استاد قصه گویی می سازد
شهرزاد به جلادش می گفت: که مرگ خالق بزرگی اس
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Manny
As I say in my review, I wanted to write a parody of this wonderful book but was forced to admit defeat. Burton is too damn clever for a good parody to be possible. During my preliminary negotiations, I had however received a remarkable offer from Alfonso. A Burton parody without political incorrectness is unthinkable, and Alfonso bravely put himself forward to play the role of an evil blackamoor of hideous appearance.

It seems wrong that Alfonso's selfless devotion to literature should go unrew
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Aubrey
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
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Antonio
Sep 27, 2015 Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clásicos, fantasía
¿Aladino era de China? ¿¡DE CHINA!?



Mi vida entera ha sido un engaño...
Huda Yahya
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ألف ليلة وليلة
النص الأصلى -4 مجلدات في كتاب واحد

1451
صفحة
نسخة حجم صغيرر


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ميقات الراجحي
هذا الكتاب المجهول النسب (يُعتبر) أشهر كتاب عندنا في ثقافتنا رغم ضعف لغته وركاكة اسلوبه وتفشي المفردة العامية لكنه هو من ساهم بالتعريف ومايزال يساهم بالتعريف بالهوية الثقافية العربية وهي الهوية التي باتت أحيان مكان مسبة عند الغربي من ناحية تركّز ثقافة صورة الجمل وحب النبيذ وسطوة الذكورية وإتساع الهوة بين الذكر والإنثى والكثير من الصور السيئة التي يحملها ألف ليلة وليلة لأن الغاية من تأليفها في العهد العباسي كانت تشويه صورة الخليفة العباسي دون تحديد هوية من يكون هذا الخليفة وإن كان هارون الرشيد كا ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Mar 12, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  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
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Madeline
Aug 26, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-list, fantasy
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
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Ali
[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
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Vit Babenco
Sep 20, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first read One Thousand and One Nights I was literally put under the book’s spell – charmed, enchanted and bewitched. It isn’t just magic of fairytales. It is first of all magic of the oriental world. And of course I was at once mesmerized with the incredible frame tale of Shahryar and Scheherazade.
Nowhere is so much magic as in Arabian Nights: magical word opening the cave door: “‘Open, Sesame!’ And forthwith appeared a wide doorway in the face of the rock. The robbers went in, and last
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Alex
Jan 13, 2015 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erik
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 children's 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
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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) ..
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من فضلك ..
لا تنسى وضع عقلك خارجا على بوابته ! ،
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أرح عقلك قليلا ، و الا فلن تشعر بالمتعة أبدا
:) !
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حكاية جوه حكاية من ورا حكاية
ايه دا بجد :) !! ؟
كأنك واقع في محيط .. بتسحبك فيه و برغم ارادتك .. دوامة لذيذة
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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
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Shovelmonkey1
Nov 30, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Mahdi
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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
996. The Thousand and One Nights – Anonymous
هزار و یک شب ، ابراهیم اقلیدی در شش جلد
در مجلد نخست داستانهای: «شهریار و برادرش شاه زمان»، «دهقان و گاو و خر او»، «بازرگان و دیو»، «پیر نخستین و ماده آهو»، «پیر دوم»، «پیر سوم»، «ماهیگیر و دیو»، «وزیر یونان شاه و رویان حکیم»، «شاهزاده و ماده دیو»، «شاهزاده جادو شده و ماهیان»، «سرگذشت قلندر دوم»، «ابومحمد تنبل»، «علی مصری و بازرگان بغدادی»، «شاهزاده و ماده دیو»، «چشمه افسون شده»، «مرد غمگین»، «پسر پادشاه و معشوقه دیو»، «جوذر ماهیگیر و برادرانش». مجلد در
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Léonard Gaya
Dec 02, 2015 Léonard Gaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Muchas son las noches de Shahrazad, muchas sus versiones (de Galland a Mardrus y a Miquel), muchos sus comentarios (de Proust a Borges y a Rushdie). La versión que comento ahora es una traducción española, de la mano de Dolors Cinca y Margarita Castells, basada en la edición que Muhsin Mahdi estableció hace unos años a partir del manuscrito árabe del siglo 14 (una versión siria, denominada "Leiden") que se conserva hoy día en la Bibliothèque Nationale de France, en París. Esta es, según asevera ...more
Sinem
Sep 08, 2016 Sinem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kocaaa 14 ciltlik eserden güzel tadımlık. Sadece 2 cildini okuyabildim ama bu masallar bütününde başka kitaplarda olmayan garip bir zincirleme, birbirine eklenme insanı masalların büyüsü kadar etkiliyor.
Mina
Jun 01, 2016 Mina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: persian, ebook
حکایت شهرباز و برادرش شاه زمان-داستان قصه گو شدن شهرزاد-
حکایت بازرگان و عفریت-
حکایت مرد ماهیگیر و عفریت-
قصه سه خاتون بغدادی-
Lau
Mar 18, 2016 Lau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lau by: Papá
-Reseña pendiente-
Megan
Nov 25, 2012 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry
Nov 08, 2008 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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
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Diba Arjmandi
Aug 06, 2016 Diba Arjmandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although I simply have problem with the title, since it should be One thousand and one night, the translation of Burton is worthy to read and also should be praised to introduce such a masterpiece to Western literature. Not only do these stories depict cultural and social codes of Middle East and centra Asia, but also they convey how morality and wisdom were respected in these societies. As we are living in an era that most people are biased about their originality and are focused on the small w ...more
April (Aprilius Maximus)
DNF - I read around 5 of the stories and have concluded that fairytales just aren't for me.

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge Notes:
- 30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
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،
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