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Assemblies of Al Hariri

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Since the time of the First Crusade, the picaresque adventures of the rascal Abu Zayd of Saruj have been read, admired, imitated and praised from Spain to the Hindu Kush. It is the inner thread of this amazing book that makes it a world classic: the tales and events mirror the antics of the human mind in its way through life. The last chapter where the "rascal," after all ...more
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published March 1st 1981 by Octagon Press, Limited
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Robs
Feb 19, 2014 Robs rated it it was amazing
Despite the fact that this is a translation from Arabic, it is an outstanding, luscious, eloquent, example of demonstration via dialogue. A sadly neglected work.
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Feb 11, 2017 James Violand rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone.
Shelves: own
Remote times knew truths that modernity has forgotten. The book is flushed with wisdom though this particular container is difficult to handle. The translation curves pitches of wisdom into near misses and leads to confusion. (How can rubbing two sticks together ever "spark" a fire?) And yet other pearls are perfect: "Our age selects only the fool for its favours."
The mechanism of the assemblies is Abu Zayd, a roguish, thieving and endearing character who employs his tongue to earn a living. Ea
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