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Les Mille et Une Nuits III

(The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights #3)

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La mère d'Aladdin prit la lampe là où elle l'avait mise. « La voilà, dit-elle à son fils, mais elle bien sale ; pour peu qu'elle soit bien nettoyée, je crois qu'elle en vaudra quelque chose davantage. » Elle prit de l'eau et un peu de sable fin pour la nettoyer ; mais à peine eut-elle commencé à frotter cette lampe qu'en un instant, en présence de son fils, un génie hideux ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 455 pages
Published July 16th 2004 by Flammarion
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Clif Hostetler
Apr 27, 2013 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
Andrea Blythe
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fic-fantasy

I have officially finished all three volumes of The Arabian Night, a 2,715 page journey!

Volume 3 comprises nights 719 to 1001, as well as the "Aladdin, or the Magic Lamp" standalone story. This third volume has proven to be my favorite, as there is less repetition (same kind of story followed by same kind of story) than in the previous books and some stories that begin on well trodden themes actually branch of in surprising directions. Adventures, romances, and comedy tales mix together with mor
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Edward
Editorial Note
Introduction, by Robert Irwin


--The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume 3: Nights 719 to 1001

--The Story of Aladdin, or The Magic Lamp

Glossary
Maps
Index of Nights and Stories
Matthew
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Onto the third volume of The Thousand Nights and One Night. As ever the stories are a mixture of romance, fantasy, eroticism and ribaldry. Humans are helped or threatened by Jinnis, magic carpets are flown, an extraordinary number of people turn yellow, and ugly husbands spend their wedding nights with their heads stuffed down a privy.

The morals outlined in The Thousand Nights and One Night are somewhat unclear. It is not that the tales are lacking in morality. Plenty of the stories express mora
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Rachel
I enjoyed this volume much more than the previous two - mainly due to the inclusion of the story of Aladdin. But do no go expecting the Disney version that most people are familiar with. It is a lot darker and more violent, with the Genie and the Lamp being the only real similarities between them. This isn't really a book for the overly offended as it has a lot of violence - against Jews and women as well as many other minority groups - but you need to take it into the context of when it was act ...more
Renee M
Feb 05, 2015 marked it as taking-a-break  ·  review of another edition
I love this quote from Wikipedia:

“There is little evidence that the Nights was particularly treasured in the Arab world. It is rarely mentioned in lists of popular literature and few pre-18th century manuscripts of the collection exist. Fiction had a low cultural status among Medieval Arabs compared with poetry, and the tales were dismissed as khurafa (improbable fantasies fit only for entertaining women and children). According to Robert Irwin, "Even today, with the exception of certain writers
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Selene
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-finish
After you read "The Hero of a Thousand Faces", and delve into general spirituality through Taoism and Buddhism, then you get to see these stories with fresh eyes; they talk about ourselves, about our search for the truth within us, about trust and faith for this truth, and how obstacles can only be surmounted by this trust, and by an unbending will to succeed.
Scott
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Right in keeping with Volumes 1 and 2 of this modern translation.

While I don't speak Arabic, certainly not the millenium-old version that these tales were original written in, this translation seems excellent. It manages to retain a certain older, fairy-tale style while being extremely accessible to modern English readers. Brilliant work by Malcom Lyons, and I expect his versions to be the English language standard for a long, long time.

The tales themselves are of the same ilk as those in Volume
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Christine Marshall
I read the introduction and 10 of the tales, it was exactly as the introduction stated a frog with an ever-increasing folds upon its back built one upon another, basically this Muslim King in Persia gets cheated on by his queen by a number of black slaves, so the king decides that he will sleep with a new virgin every single night and then kill her, but this one virgin is so smart that every night she tells the king a new tale, and in the morning leaves him hanging as to how the new tale ends... ...more
Emeline Bruley
A bit disappointed by the real Ali baba and Alladin's stories but still cool tales. And [spoiler], Sheherazade gets to live. Yay!
Yanko Tsvetkov
Verbose, random, tedious, and occasionally boring stories that somehow manage to remain captivating as you're reading them.
Tiffany
I finally finished! Yay! As I said with volume 2, it was okay, but getting repetitive. Entire motifs, dialogues, etc. were repeated, and if it weren't for the names, I'd think I'd read that story before. On the one hand, I can now say that I've read The Arabian Nights; on the other hand, since there are so many versions and translations available, I could have read a much shorter version and still been able to say I'd read it (even though it seems like maybe the version I read was a little more ...more
D.M.
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been taking me a ridiculous amount of time to get through all four volumes of the Book..., so it's going to be difficult to compare this to the last one (which I read more than a decade ago). In fact, I'm not even going to try.
This volume contains the usual range from intolerable to magical, with a liberal dose of tales (effectively) set in Egypt, as well as the famous story of Ala al-Din (a.k.a Aladdin) and the magic lamp (set in China...in as much as any of these stories are 'set' where t
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david
Jun 18, 2013 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: nobody
finally. i think it says it all that the translation of the "orphan" (no original arabic text remaining) story of aladdin that caps this work was one of my favorite sections. Galland's westernized version that so captivated Proust is more flowing and lyrical, although he strays from the source text frequently and adds moralization that is not in the original. what his version does NOT have is the gawdawful poetry found everywhere else in these volumes ... so repetitive and droning and taking up ...more
Mike Tuholski
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading 1001 Nights a little over a year ago as a side-quest. While I am disappointed that Robin Williams did not make an appearance (nor were there any catchy musical numbers while riding magic carpets), it was an interesting endeavor nonetheless. Potential for deeper textual analysis abounds. And certainly it captures a unique story-telling style (I should say 'styles' I suppose) that have been quite influential in the literary world and for that reason I am glad to have read them (a ...more
Abdalah Abodief
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بداية المجلد دا كانت الاروع فى البدايات
فصاحة المرأة بطلة اول قصة فيه
كانت حاجة جميلة جدا بالاضافة الى كم المعلومات
و الاخبار التى قدمتها تقديم المبارزة المعلوماتية بطريقة وصفية
وروائيه كان اكثر مااعجبنى
Camille
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contes-nouvelles
C'est dans ce troisième et dernier volume que l'on trouve les contes des Mille et Une Nuits les plus connus : ceux d'Aladdin et d'Ali Baba, dont le lecteur (re)découvre les versions originales avec plaisir et émerveillement.
Yann
Jul 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Mais quelle délice cette langue !
Jennifer
I am glad I read this 3-volume set but I gotta say, by book 3 I was really running out if steam.
Julian Munds
Geeze Aladdin Is very different then Disney led me to believe......
Tony Gualtieri
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to know why these stories are so special, read Borges. It took me two months to get through these volumes, but they were well worth it.
Savva
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is like pure fantasy and it's hard to beat it. (Only harry potter beats it)
Jenny
May 17, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely a thousand stories in one book. Some parts I caught myself reading but not paying attention. I think I'm just not that much of a classics girl.
TaleofGenji
May 18, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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