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The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume 2 (The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  189 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Paperback, 878 pages
Published February 4th 2010 by Penguin Classics (first published 900)
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Andrea Blythe
Jul 01, 2014 Andrea Blythe rated it really liked it
Volume 2 of The Arabian Nights begins with night 295 of tales and goes through night 719. The stories at the beginning of the book are all very short, some only around a page or two long, and it wasn't until about halfway through the book that the tales grew into longer epics once again, including the seven voyages of Sindbad. There's a lot of risk of tedium when you binge read these books like I'm doing. The shorter tales all stacked on top of each other begin to blur together and longer tales ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume 2, Anonymous, Malcolm C. Lyons (Translator), Ursula Lyons (Translator), Robert Irwin (Annotations)
Nov 13, 2012 Thana rated it liked it
Will stick to the reviews I posted on volume one. The stories just kept coming and was becoming tedious until I reached the story of Sinbad!!
Mar 16, 2015 Scott rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This middle volume of the massive Arabian Nights collection is a very mixed bag.

Right away, I need to say that I find the translation excellent. I don't know Arabic or any of the other source languages, but this version by Lyons is extremely easy for modern readers, and it conveys the wonder and humor in what seem to be all of the right places. This is no small feat for a translation of a text that is over 1,100 years old.

The highlights in these stories come mostly in the middle sections. There
Clif Hostetler
Apr 27, 2013 Clif Hostetler rated it it was ok
Shelves: epic
If I were the publisher’s editor during the Islamic Golden Age (8th to 13th centuries) during the time when these stories were being compiled into a Tale of 1001 Nights, I would have strongly recommended that it be pared down to 101 Nights. 1001 is too many. These three volumes (2008 edition by Penguin Classics) are in essence 270 short stories divided into 1001 sessions to fit the setting of the woman named Scheherazade telling a story per night with tantalizing incomplete endings in order to k ...more
Jan 02, 2015 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: a, 2014
This book was split up into individual nights which made it easier to pick up and put down, reading sections in small chunks, which is all I could manage at a time without being a bit bored with the repetitiveness of the stories. Some of the stories lasted over a few nights while others only the one. It gives and interesting insight into past Arabic cultures, punishments etc. and the opulence of the time, but many of the stories followed the same format off finding something, being punished and ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Eugene rated it it was ok
Well, it starts pretty good. But it's getting boring pretty fast and you cannot wait to finish current story and came to the next one - but only to see they are similar. You read only a few different timelines all over again with some slightly different "decorations".
Apr 04, 2012 Tiffany rated it it was ok
More sex, beheading, stabbings, fake identities, royalty, and trickery. Plus, propaganda -- If you are a Muslim and praise God, He will save you from ANY situation, no matter HOW crazy and outlandish it is. I can definitely imagine these stories being told as warnings/words of wisdom.

Okay, but getting kind of repetitive after 1800-ish pages.

My review of volume 1.

My review of volume 3.
Jun 18, 2013 david added it
less poetry than volume 1, which was a good thing. more multi-night epic stories, including the revelation that sinbad the sailor was a cold blooded murderer.
Jun 27, 2016 Vickii rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
It only took me just over a year to finish this volume, but well worth it!
Finally! I'm done! Now, one more to go.
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