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When Dreams Travel

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This novel takes up where "The Arabian Nights" left off and suggests what might have happened to the protagonists, Shahrzad the bride, Dunyazad the sister and Shahryar the sultan, when the story telling stopped.
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published 1999 by Picador
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When I received this book from a friend I honestly didn't know what to expect since I have yet to read The Arabian Nights.

This book wasn't hard to read at all, in fact it was quite a pleasurable read. I liked how Hariharan is able to weave a complete picture in one long, coherent, whimsical sentence. I felt as though I was transported back in time to the world of Arabian Nights where caravans trudged past the desert; a splendid white dome by the horizon; sultans and sultanahs in all their regali
I couldn't make it through this book. About a 100 pages in, and I still couldn't find my bearings as a reader. This is not a criticism on the writing of the book, mind, its just that the fact that the entire story is being written in present tense vignettes made it very hard for me to engage with the story. I'm thinking that its not the right time for me to read this book, so it's going back on the shelf for now.

For the curious, When Dreams Travel is a metafictional take on the 1001 Arabian Nigh
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