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Arabian Nights, in 16 Volumes: Vol. I (The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights #1)

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Notorious for the delight he took in tweaking the sexual taboos of the Victorian age-as well as the delight he took in the resulting shock of his bashful peers-British adventurer, linguist, and author CAPTAIN SIR RICHARD FRANCIS BURTON (1821-1890) is perhaps best remembered for his unexpurgated translation of the Eastern classic The One Thousand and One Nights, more famous ...more
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by Cosimo Classics (first published 900)
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Nikoleta
Jan 27, 2016 Nikoleta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Εξωτικά, ευφυέστατα, ευφάνταστα, με ποικιλία, υποτίθεται διδαχτικά, αλλα ως προς αυτό νομίζω εχει περάσει η μπογιά τους! Αυτη η Σεχραζαντ(ηρωίδα του βιβλίου, υποτίθεται ή αφηγήτρια των παραμυθιών) ήταν κινητή βιβλιοθήκη παραμυθιών! Τύφλα να έχουνε οι Grimm!
Ana Mardoll
Apr 06, 2012 Ana Mardoll rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ana-reviewed
The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night (Vol. 1) / 978-0415045391

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
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Nina Sama
القصص معتادة وتستطيع تخمين نهايتها بنفسك وكلها تبتدأ بذات الأسلوب وتنتهي بنفس الطريقة
لكن الاسلوب الوصفي الرائع المستخدم في القصص رفعها للقمة، حيث كانت اللغة المستخدمة رائعه طربية موزونه، تنقلك إلى عالم الأساطير وتطير بك مع الجان والعفاريت لتستشعر وكأنك عدت وقت الخلافة العباسية وكأنك تمشي وسط بغداد وبجانب الأسواق والتجار والشعراء وكل ما ذكر في تلك الفترة..حتى أنه بإمكانك شم رائحة الطعام والبخور وماء الورد وتخيل كل تلك التفاصيل الدقيقة في منازلهم وملابسهم وملامحهم حتى
بالطبع لي نقدا عليها، خصوصا من
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ياسمين ثابت

الظاهر المفروض الواحد كان يقرا الكتاب ده وهو عنده 11 سنة
انا ماكنتش قادرة استحمل كم الهبل اللي مكتوب

تقريبا كدة تقييم الكتب والحكم لعيها بيختلف من مرحلة عمرية لاخرى
Muhammad Daif
Apr 06, 2012 Muhammad Daif rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ﻻ أعطى خمس نجوم كتقييم عادة الا للكتب التى تغير نظرتى للحياة ، و هذا ما يستحقه هذا الكتاب المبهر
أوﻻ .. قد يكون تقييمى مشروخا بعض الشىء حيث أنى لم أبدأ فى قراءة المجلد الثانى بعد ، و لكن ﻻبد لى من التعليق على ما وصلت اليه فى المجلد الأول ...
1. ألف ليلة و ليلة ﻻ يمكن أن تكون كتبت فى أى موضع فى العالم غير مصر ، نعم هى مليئة بقصص من بطولة هارون الرشيد و الحجاج بن يوسف و اخرين ، و لكن ﻻحظت ما يأتى ...
الكلام عن الأئمة الأربعة ، و كان هذا النظام الدينى فى العصر المملوكى ، أربعة أئمة يمثلون المذاهب الأر
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Jeremy Hurd-McKenney
I gave this a solid try, and I tried to keep in mind that it was written in a very different time in a very different culture, but it was just way too rapey. I was expecting more Ali Baba and "open sesame" and genies granting wishes, but all the genies actually did was rape women before killing them horribly in story after story. I made it about 35 nights before I couldn't take anymore. Don't rub the lamp, ladies.
Scott
Oct 31, 2012 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This first volume of the Arabian Nights is fun. It's massive (especially considering it's the first of three volumes), but the tales are easy to read and jammed with the stuff of fantasy. Djinn, princesses, romances, deaths, wars, metamorphoses, and all other sorts of great fodder for ripping good yarns.

The structure truly is amazing. The couching story of Shahrazad telling tale after tale is fairly well known. What I wasn't expecting is just how deeply complex, yet eminently readable, the multi
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just huamn
Aug 04, 2011 just huamn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
روعة الكتاب لا تبرر وقاحته و تشويهه لصورة العرب في العصر العباسي تحديدا
Andrea Blythe
Apr 14, 2014 Andrea Blythe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fic-fantasy
When King Shahriyar discovers his wife to be unfaithful, he begins to marry young women, only to behead them in the morning. In order to save the young women of the region, Shahrazad gives herself to the King Shahriyar. She is not expected to survive beyond dawn, but during the night she begins to tell tales, each night ending the story in the middle, leaving the king desperate to learn the ending and allowing Shahrazad to live another day.

One of my reading goals for this year is to read the com
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Mariem JABLOUN
قرأت هذا الكتاب في شبابي أكثر من مرة و كل مرة أكتشف فيه نفسا جديدا و أجمح بخيالي الى عوالم لا توصف,,,تضمخت فيه بخصال الانسان العربي الشهم المبدع و استمتعت بحلاوة أسلوب سلس ذلق يجعلني ألتهم الصغحات التهاما و أذكر انني قرأته كاملا في يو مين...و أنا أكاد أحبس أنفاسي...
فعلا انصح جيل شباب اليوم بقراءته فهو مرفه عن النفس مقو للهمة و دافع على العمل و الابداع.
HassanAli2011 Tunsi
من أرقى كتب الأدب العربي
تلاحظ فيه قوة المسلمين العرب وأثر تممدهم وضمهم لثقافات مختلفة وكيف أنهم إستوعبو كل ذلك
ما أثرى خيالهم وجمح به غلى حدود لم يتخيلها أحد في وقتها
Ahmed Al-Hulaily
Mar 12, 2015 Ahmed Al-Hulaily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
و أدرك شهرزاد الصّباح، فسكتت عن الكلام المُباح
melis
Aug 18, 2015 melis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kitaplığım, 2015
On yaşındaki çocukların cinsel hayatı, kölelerin tecavüz merakı (sonu kastrasyon), kralların tecavüz merakı (sonu yüzlerce kişilik haremler), toplu seks partileri, dakika başı cihat ilan edip asıp kesen padişahlar, en doğru din bizimki deyip diğer herkesi inançsız addedip yine asıp kesen çok dindar insanlar, yüreğe korku salmaktan başka bir işi olmayan o yüce tanrı, tüm kadınların büyücü-aşağılık-iş çeviren olarak gösterilmesi, para hırsı, toprak hırsı, parçalarına ayrılarak öldürülen kadınlar, ...more
Nana
ما شدني لقراءته هو وجوده في مكتبة المنزل ورغبتي بقراءة قصص مختلفة عن التي عهدتها وبالفعل كان لي ما أردت فقصصه فريدة من نوعها مختلفة عما سواها من القصص
تأخذك لعالم غريب وساحر ذكرني بمغامرات السندباد :)
أسرني بروعته وإثارته لم أشعر بكبر حجم الكتاب فقد تناولته سريعاً دون أن أشعر ...
أحببت الأشعار التي ذكرت فيه والمغامرات العجيبة ولكني أتحفظ على بعض ما جاء فيه
و مما راق لي بعضه وليس جله :
قال لقمان لابنه : ثلاثة لا تعرف إلا في ثلاثة مواطن : لا يعرف الحليم إلا عند الغضب ولا الشجاع إلا عند الحرب ولا أخوك
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Kurt
Jan 09, 2013 Kurt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: folklore
I've only read the first of the four volume set - each one being in the 600+ page range, they don't make for short reading. Additionally, because the format is that of disconnected stories, there's absolutely no reason at all to sit down and try to plow through them all, one after the other.

As a resource and a reference, to traditional narratives and motifs as well as to old Arabic traditions, I find these stories incredibly valuable. Rhythms of storytelling and dialogue are completely distinct
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Collin A.
Aug 19, 2013 Collin A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was recently introduced to the Anonymously-written The Book if the Thousand and One nights during was last semester at my local university. I was deeply enthralled by the first few stories of merciful punishment and the guile and wit of Shahrazād herself. As you might expect, I was enthralled enough in these first few stories that I had to five into the first full-length volume!

After traversing eight chapters filled with Jinee, treachery, greed and sorcery, I can wholeheartedly say that the fi
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Carolina Morales
This book being my Jury Duty companion, I have read it while waiting for the long deliberations between state attorneys, public defenders and judges. It was quite a pleasant distraction and, I must add, when you read about cannibals, giant snakes and people being impaled upon a cane from ass to mouth and burned alive, ordinary criminals seem a great deal less threatening.
عمر فايد
وأخيراً فرغت منه.. لأجد أنه ينقصني ثلاثة مجلداتٍ أخرى لإتمام قراءة أهم عمل أدبي كتب بلغة الضاد. لا أعرف كيف أقيم ألف ليلة وليلة، هل موجباً بمقدار الإمتاع وبمقدار الحكم والأشعار وما ولدته من أفكار وتعظيم من خط كلماتها لسيد الأخيار ﷺ أم سالباً لما تضمنته من إسراف في الأوصاف الجنسية والألفاظ المخزية والسباب الذي لدهشتك تصادف مثله في العـامية.

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أثير منذ قرابة خمس سنوات ضجة أثارها إسلاميون في مصر يطالبون بتنقيح ألف ليلة ولية وإلغاء ما سبق ذكره منها، وأجد هذا حلاً مناسباً إن كان القارئ في مقتبل العمر و
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Emma Jonasson
Tyvärr har jag verken tid eller ork att läsa mer än ca 32 av Sjeherazade drygt 70 sagor som finns i denna samling. Och tanken på att detta bara var de tre första böckerna gör mig yr.
Khaled Ebn Elwaleed Kamel
بطبيعة الحال القصص نفسها معروفة وتقليدية بالطبع لأننا شاهدناها مرارا على شاشة التليفزيون أو السينما ، لكن الافضل في الكتاب هو أسلوب الكتاب وطريقة الكتابة الغير تقليدية ..
Venessa
Jan 18, 2015 Venessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This first, and largest, volume of the 4-volume set I have contains just 169 of the nights. So many things to say about this masterpiece, in which we find moral gems, delicious bits of erotica, and, of course, a stunning web of storytelling.

Things to love: the interconnectedness of the stories. The great bulk of this first volume's stories all connect in some way back to the imposing, dominant character Mother-of-Calamity, who indeed causes, as her name implies, calamity of all sorts in the vast
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Melinda
Oct 20, 2014 Melinda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
The Arabian Nights, a classic piece of literature most have heard of or read.The Arabian Nights tells of a terrible sultan who marries a new bride every night, and in the morning he executes her. Only Sherehezade - his most current bride, the greatest story-teller the world has known, has a chance to soften the heart of the man with a tyrannical grudge against all women. She spins tales for 1001 nights.

Reading this book was similar to playing with a matryoshka doll (Russian nesting doll most hav
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Daniel Taylor
This is the first translation of "The Arabian Nights" since 1888. Some of the tales make no sense - you will find that as a modern, Western reader, you simply lack the cultural context – and the others are more enjoyable because of this clear and readable translation.

The basic meta-story is well-known. King Shahriyar marries, consummates the marriage and then kills his wife the next morning so he can marry again. But Shahrazad is intelligent as well as beautiful and marries him with a plan in mi
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Nibelheim
Apr 21, 2008 Nibelheim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classiques
Certes, c'est bien ce qu'on appelle une lecture-pour-les-cours, mais cela ne m'a pas empêchée de découvrir cette oeuvre avec un grand plaisir. Je me suis rendue compte non sans amusement qu'on se laisse réellement prendre au jeu de cette histoire. En quelques mots, juste pour rappeler : Le sultan, après avoir été trompé par sa femme, décide d'épouser chaque soir une jeune fille et de la mettre à mort le lendemain. La fille du grand vizir, Sheherazade, se porte volontaire, habile conteuse, elle m ...more
Clif Hostetler
Sep 04, 2014 Clif Hostetler rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Cameron
Aug 30, 2013 Cameron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a mesmerizing collection of old world Indian, Greek and Persian stories. To read this book, merely the first volume of seventeen, is to get lost in a vast series of stories within stories for nearly a thousand pages. The world of these tales is big enough to forget oneself for a time.

As with many of my favorite reads, all roads lead back to the incomparable Borges who gave a lecture in the seventies with a quote that sums up the power of these mysterious tales:

"At home I have the sevent
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Emily Cait
Sep 18, 2015 Emily Cait rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this for a course I'm TAing. Very sexist, very racist. Just all the problems. But also maybe some cool ideas around female sexual desire? Curious to see what gets said about this in lecture.
Lucas Peters
Sep 08, 2015 Lucas Peters rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm reading the entire 1,001 Nights (Arabian Nights or "Alf Layla wa Layla") in Burton's translation over this year and the entire 16 volume set is an extreme feat in translation and storytelling.
নু -জাহাত -জাবিন
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“[Shahrazad] had perused the books, annals and legends of preceding Kings, and the stories, examples and instances of by gone men and things; indeed it was said that she had collected a thousand books of histories relating to antique races and departed rulers. She had perused the works of the poets and knew them by heart; she had studied philosophy and the sciences, arts and accomplishments; and she was pleasant and polite, wise and witty, well read and well bred.” 8 likes
“if lies can save a man once, truth can save him twice.” 3 likes
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