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The Arabian Nights by Anonymous
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Mar 18, 12

Read in February, 2012

The original work revolves around a king who has a tendency of marrying a woman one evening, beheading her in the morning, and remarrying another one that same day. His latest bride, however, managed to delay her beheading by recounting a tale on the first night. She would leave the king thirsting for more, and for every night she told a story, she escaped beheading. Some of the most recognized tales she tells are the stories of Ala ad-din(Aladdin) and his lamp, as well as Ali Baba and the forty bandits.

Many of the stories, to the best of my knowledge, have been translated rather well from its original tongue. Very few, if any, of the stories have been altered or edited to please the easily offended, which I greatly appreciated. Most of the stories involved great feats, cunning wit, and, mystic incantations. Written at a time when Europe was in disarray, the Islamic world thrived in the areas of literature. The stories also serve to exhibit the morals and codes of Arabia in the middle ages, such as respect and faith. No question that this collection of stories rivals Chaucer's Canterbury Tales or Cervantes' Don Quixote
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message 1: by Kelly (new)

Kelly I've never read these stories--will have to check them out.


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