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The Voyages of Sindbad

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A poor man meets a great sailor and asks to hear his tale. He is amazed to be told of seven journeys to foreign lands, every one ending in shipwreck. Sindbad the Sailor has grown rich from his travels, but his path to fortune has been anything but easy.
Paperback, Penguin Epics, #20, 112 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Penguin Books Ltd (first published January 1st 1949)
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Mar 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that ever since watching the Ray Harryhausen Sinbad films I have been fascinated with the stories - even with their many flaws they instilled a sense of mystery and adventure, of daring do and magical adventures. So when many years later I found a copy of the Thousand and One Nights I was drawn to the stories.

This small book which I read in an evening is part of the Penguin 60s collection and contains the stories that make up the seven voyages of Sinbad which are part of the Pengui
Sanchit Bhandari
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-read
The voyages of sindbad, the story of the man who survived.
First of all I would like to say that I picked this book because it was small not that I always select small books but as I was in mood of some light reading.

Sindbad is really a typical hero different from others, the book is different thaN the other adventure stories where morality is the first thing to see no sindabad is all about making the toughest decision of life, about the survival instincts and the ability to adapt, about never
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Seven voyages. Seven missions. Only one man has survived them.

A poor man (Sindbad the Porter) meets a man who shares his name: a great sailor who welcomes him to his house and to his table. The former was amazed to be told of seven journeys to foreign lands, every one ending in shipwreck.

As he listens, the traveler describes a flight on a giant bird, battles with foes including giant serpents, brutal cannibals and the murderous Old Man of the Sea, and the discovery of diamonds.

Sindbad the Sai
Being part of so many book clubs means I'm often compelled to read things I wouldn't otherwise have chosen for myself. Such is the story of my encounter with this slim volume. An easy and entertaining read on a summer's day, each of Sindbad's voyages is more outlandishly dangerous and remarkable than the last. From Rocs to a charnel cave, apes, giants, cannibals and tons of treasure, Sindbad survives to tell the tale ... and then ventures out again for more! A little repetitive, but ridiculously ...more
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
i picked this book up to read becasue it was very small. you know, fits in a pocket, read it on the bus small. i dont really ever ride the bus, but that is neither here nor there. becasue i dont really ever have specified blocks of time to read i figured shorter smaller easier reads would be, well, easier.

and this was an easy read. it was the seven voyages of sindbad and another story of ma'aruf and fatimah. i literally just finished the second story, and with about ten pages left i found myself
May 09, 2009 rated it liked it
[This is a review of the 1955 Heritage Press edition, chock-full of interesting illustrations.:] Once again, I seem to have forgotten the unrepentant cruelty and questionable morality of another childhood favorite. Sindbad is quite the sharp operator, constantly beating the odds because of his willingness to cheat or kill any friend or foe standing in his way. Maybe I fail to appreciate the subtleties of the Oriental mind, but Sindbad seems to me a very questionable hero (or maybe he is the orig ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boekwurms
A lovely addition to the Penguin 60s set: slightly older and stylishly elegant translations of these stories that one assumes are familiar until one reads them and discovers what they actually contain. If read in one go, like I did, they become too similar; one should show self-discipline and read one per day, as they were told. Timeless narratives.

Hierdie stel verhale omtrent Sindbad se seereise is tydlose stories. Lees hulle egter een per dag, soos hulle vertel is, om die eenselwigheid te verd
This is a slightly different translation from the one in my copy of The Book of One Thousand Nights and One Night,and is of course much shorter.
It is however a great story (or story cycle) in any translation.
Polar Bear Star
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Really missed it when I finished it. Love the bravery in this character!
A tough read for me as are all folk/fairytales. But it makes up for it with the content. This is NOT the Sindbad your familiar with. It's amazing to think they got all those films from this source.
You know he's only called 'the Sailor' because he travels by boat a lot, thats like calling someone 'the Pilot' cause they use a lot of air-travel!
He's also a coward, remarkably docile in captivity and with a nasty habit of figuring ways out of a trap once everyone ELSE is dead. Oh and the 4th voyage,
Marcin Roszkowski
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
To nie do końca Sindbad, którego znamy z kreskówek czy opowieści Leśmiana. To arabskie legendy, przetłumaczone na angielski i podane czytelnikowi, by się z nimi zmierzył. Lektura bezkompromisowa, niekiedy okrutna, niekiedy trudna do zrozumienia, na wskroś przesiąknięta kulturą arabską. Fascynująca, inna, uderzająca dokładnie w te struny, w które trzeba.
Chris Harris
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you find yourself on a sea voyage with a rich merchant called Sindbad, get off the ship as quickly as you can. Remain on board, and a grisly death awaits you. Sure, he *claims* to have encountered all manner of fabulous beasts and characters of legend, but it's pretty obvious he's been doing in the crews he sails with for the insurance money. How else could he have become so rich? ...more
Upendra Punnana
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This book inspired me to write a book when I was 12 years old!! Stranding on an island and struggling for survival were my imaginary story lines and this book acted as a catalyst to them. This book also introduced me to the flavor of Arabian Nights stories. A goodread for preteens.
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Was a good book.
Sarah chaher
Dec 29, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020
2020 kept us at home, but Sindbad took me to marvelous adventures throughout the book 😍
Kimberly Fields
There is something mystical and magical about the Arabian Nights. One can't help but feel excited at the thrill of reading such classics as Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor, and so forth. Unfortunately, in this case there was more magic in the thought of reading the book, than in the actual book. The stories in this version were interesting, but most were not compelling enough on their own. I especially got tired of hearing about Sinbad's voyages and how every time he gets home safely he promptly forg ...more
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The stories are inception, it's a story of one person telling another person a story about someone who's also telling stories to others.
The tales, on their own, are repetitive and strange, as are all tall tales. But, after being able to keep track of all the characters and narrators, I enjoyed it, enough to see underlying themes and stuff. It wasn't dramatically like there was a moral for each story, and it's not really the type of book you read to be invested in the plot and characters.
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May 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my 'bedtime' book for a while. I'd read a few stories out of it before going to bed. It's a fun little introduction into the "Arbian Nights." But I'm not sure I would want to read the whole one-thousand-and-one nights - the tales are a little repetitive and seem to use the same kind of themes over and over. ...more
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Retellings of the familiar stories of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Sindbad the Sailor, and many others that the Scheherazade told to her husband the sultan so that he would not kill her in the morning!
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
These stories of Seven voyages of Sindbad taken from 1001 Tales of Arabian Nights offer an aspect of life steeped in Moslem tradition and has a focus on adventure and eventual coming home to one’s real true home
This guy does not know the meaning of a quiet life! Stop adventuring and settle down you stupid man! If the same bad things happen every time you go away, maybe that's a hint that you shouldn't go away! ...more
Sarah Sammis
Enjoyable selection.
Jan 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
Entertaining little stories. But what I don't understand is WHY did he go out into the sea SEVEN times, if every time, everyone on the ship died and he barely escaped?! ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastically written.
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Nessim Joseph Dawood (Arabic: نعيم جوزيف داوود) was born in 1927 in Baghdad, Iraq. He emigrated to England in 1945 as an Iraq State scholar, and settled there. He graduated from the University of London. He is known for his English translations of the Qur’an, Tales from the One Thousand and One Nights (Penguin Classics) and his edition of the Muqaddimah of Ibn Khaldun. (from Wikipedia).

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