Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “ليالي ألف ليلة” as Want to Read:
ليالي ألف ليلة
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

ليالي ألف ليلة

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  6,163 ratings  ·  819 reviews
ليالي ألف ليلة وليلة معاصرة... ومملكة شهريار مدائن معاني تضج في خيال نجيب محفوظ... وشهرزاد رمزاً ينسحب... يتسلل من الماضي كاسم ليكون شهرزادات وليكون شهريار شهريارات ولتأتي الحكاية حكاية كل زمان وكل مكان... تحدث بالقهر... بالتسلط والمعاناة.... ويقف نجيب محفوظ خلف سطوره... وبين ثنايا معانيه يحركها وكأنه الواقف خلف ستار مسرح الدمى... يحرك عرائسه... يبدل أثوابها... يزخرفها... ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published 2006 by دار الشروق (first published January 1st 1980)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.10  · 
Rating details
 ·  6,163 ratings  ·  819 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of ليالي ألف ليلة
Francisco
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided a month or so ago to read some books by Arab authors. I was hoping to find the longing and the loneliness, the need for love and for useful work that we all share as human beings. I hoped that I would find in Arab authors kindred souls to help me bridge the sense of separation that I felt with my Muslim brothers and sisters. I'm so glad I undertook this personal journey. I found such beautiful writing, yes, but also a willingness and ease in dealing with matters of the spirit that all ...more
VJ
Jul 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Based loosely on the Arabian Nights, this novel begins with a description of the sultan Shariyar as a bloodthirsty despot who is contemplating doing away with his wife, Sharzhad, should she fail to continue entertaining him with stories. We are then treated to several stories of people related to both Shariyar and Sharzhad either by blood or politics, which can be one and the same thing in this context.

Excellent character studies and a continued emphasis on political and moral corruption, with
...more
Nabilah Firdaus
Another amazing work from a master storyteller, Naguib Mahfouz. Arabian Nights and Days serves as a counterpart piece to the classic Arabic tales, One Thousand and One Nights. This story takes place after Shahrzad has finished telling the 1001 tales and Shahriyar decided that Shahrzad would remain his wife. Very surreal read that features the intertwined lives of humankind, the djinns and the angels with the underlying themes of philosophy, sufism, existentialism, religion and politics. I love ...more
Christine
The thing about 1001 Nights is the ending, where Sherzhade gets to keep her head. Would you really like to be married to a man who kept beheading wives on the first day of the honeymoon?
Mahfouz seems to be playing with this idea and some others in this quasi sequel to Arabian Nights. In part, he explores why a sultan can do something and an everyman cannot. He deals with the question of faith and how stories and telling change our view of that.
This novel is more like a series of
...more
Scotty
Feb 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1980-1989
Under extraordinary circumstances, how will humans react?

The book starts off with the worst of the worst, then proceeds to run the gamut of good and bad. I loved this book. Morality under a microscope with a flair for the fantastic. And it's not done in a heavy-handed manner! You don't get beaten over the head with the message, the author assumes you're clever enough to pick it up on your own. Funny, I just saw it on the shelf at the library, thought, "Hmm...this looks pretty thin," so I picked
...more
Karen
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is an interesting book with a lot of symbolism. The problem is that I am very character driven and this book (like other Mahfouz books I have read) goes through many characters quickly and never lets me feel a bond with any of them. I can imagine others enjoying this book, but it is just not for me.
Akram
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great epic ❤❤❤
Kara
Jun 24, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ft-1-fairy-tales

The book starts at the end of Arabian Nights with the sultan announcing to the Vizier that he has decided not to kill Shaharazad after all, much to her fathers relief.

Then, the tales she has just finished telling play out in the city in a magical realism style that left me feeling something had been lost in translation. Was this a commentary on 20th century events? Some deep philosophical pondering on human nature? I couldnt tell.

Meanwhile, Shaharazad worries her husbands reprieve will turn out
...more
Evey
Jun 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beneath the surface, in the depths of consciousness, lie the shadows that poison and ruin, their maws salivating at the prospect of devouring from within and without. In Arabian Nights and Days, the shadows manifest through the jinn, their draw and provocation the catalyst that breed the inhuman condition. This is portrayed in Qumqam, Zarmabaha, and the owner of the Invisibility Cap, mystical beings that corrupt and influence the imperfect souls of Sanaan al-Gamali, the reputable men of the ...more
Tim Hicks
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Fascinating. We're in the society where Shahrzad (Scheherazade to Westerners) has just finished 1001 nights of storytelling. The sultan executes a few people every day, but most people just muddle on. Until one of the jinn interferes, usually by putting opportunity in someone's way. The result of the opportunity is usually profit for someone, death for someone else, and often execution for several of those involved. But there's a gentle humour to it, and a philosophical/religious flow as people ...more
Renée
Oct 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this about 15 years ago and decided to reread it. Loved it even more than the first time.

Justice, life, death & love are explored in ways that can challenge those steeped only in Western concepts.

If you read the original 1001 Nights and have a minimal understanding of Sufi teachings (or even Buddhism or other Eastern religions), you'll appreciate the deeper psychological/spiritual levels of being that Mahfouz explores.

The stories remind me of a stream of consciousness, where
...more
Hadi Muss
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Naguib Mahfouz book I read and after reading a few of books written by Middle Eastern writers I personally don't fancy them but this one, is absolutely amazing.

First few chapters moves slow and I almost give up but then when the stories uncover itself; it's beyond magic and I am glad that I don't stop reading it.

This book follow a few character who we get to know one by one but the as the reading process go they grow together with their own individual story but yet intertwined
...more
Alaa Ibrahem
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best bed time companions
Erika
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elegantly written, this is a complex mesh of intertwined stories and views on a city plagued by corruption.
Sylvester
Something appeals to me about nested stories, so I enjoyed this modern take on the old Arabian Nights tradition. It was quite different - darker, much darker. But good. Questions from Scheharezade as to the character of her husband who murdered so many women before he married her, for instance. The book seemed to me to have a Job-like feel. Instead of God and Satan arguing over whether Job will behave well if everything is taken from him, we have the good Jinn and bad Jinn trying to tempt or ...more
Derz
Jan 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Review also found on Book Hangover

In Arabian Nights and Days, Mahfouz entwines both social and individual morality. This novel really made me think and question how I view people, society, and morality. If these characters abandoned their beliefs effortlessly in these exceptional circumstances, then one has to wonder: did they ever really have any morals? Were they ever inherently good or were they only good because they had to be? This book was published in 1979 and is still insanely relevant
...more
Logan
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, fiction
Reading Nobel Prize Laureate Naguib Mahfouz's companion to 1001 Arabian Nights was both challenging and insightful. It really brought to my awareness how (despite being fairly knowledgable about the Middle East) there is quite a bit of cultural context required to fully understand the depth of meaning in his work. (It also would have helped to have read 1001 Arabian Nights). That being said, I very much enjoyed this work. The style was challenging, and there were definite political undertones. ...more
A-ron
Feb 11, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Another of my favorite writers. Mahfouz is a master story teller. He is a prolific writer, stylistically diverse, and I believe innovative. Nights and Days was the first of his novels that I read.

It is set in a mystical and magical Arabia, and thus somewhat allegorical. The novel begins on the day after Sharzad finishes telling her tales (The Arabian Nights) to the Sultan, and wanders from the palace to the quarters of the city. Each chapter reveals another story of those that live in the city.
...more
Adrian
May 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What I like best about this modernized retelling of the classical Tales of Arabian Nights is the subtle injection of Sufism added by Mahfouz. I have already listed The Conference of the Birds in my list of favorite books, but that if not something that can necessarily be understood at first by the uninitiated in Sufism. I would recommend starting with this and doing a little background reading on the principles of Sufism.

But even if you have no interest in the as a pre-requisite, or in
...more
Eyüp Tayşir
Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The corruption of scholars is through heedlessness, and the corruption of princes is through injustice, and the corruption of the Sufis is through hypocrisy."

"A prince without learning, a scholar without virtue, a Sufi without trust in God, and the corruption of the world lies in their corruption."
Thenicole
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thankless task, to try to write a review of Mahfouz. Simply put, he's a master of Islamic writing, a master of personality, of human folly, and even in translation he puts most of us to shame. Whereas you'd expect something kind of sweet, this bitter book is utterly human; which is to say, it is about cruelty and pettiness and the lives of those who live to closely together.
Flawless.
Liz
I thought this would be right up my street, but I was slightly disappointed - I think my expectations had been set too high.

It took a while to get into, partly due to the incredibly short chapters that cut into the flow and the then long Arabic names that kept tripping me up.

Is it me or were at least half the characters beheaded or mad by the end of the book?
Nada Sobhi
Jan 07, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arabic
I absolutely HATED this book! It was the second book by Naguib Mahfouz for me, and so far the last, I have not gotten over it to venture with something else!
I don't remember how many tales there were.. but they were all sad and left the reader, me, miserable and depressed!
Wanda
May 07, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
7 MAY 2014 -- a gift from Dear Bettie. Received today. And, yet another cover. Thank you very much, Miss Bettie.
Mia
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
A fine retelling of the tales of the Arabian Nights, with a darker more sardonic interpretation, that possibly have political meanings for those more familiar with contemporary Egyptian history.
Shelina S Z
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-east
Quite different from his Cairo trilogy. This was very clever and upended the Traditional Arabian nights. The book itself is so beautiful it added to the pleasure of reading it.
Amr Rashad
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another masterpiece by Naguib Mahfouz,mixture of fantasy, and Egyptian melodrama, short stories combined to make a complete, connected novel. I wish to see a movie out of this book.
Mikela
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writing was beautiful...the tales less so.
Jonathan Martinez
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book for me was honestly confusing. Most of which comes from the simple fact that I didn't read the original book. There were references and talks of several characters who I knew none about. That being said, this book is extremely entertaining and provides an engaging story with action always occurring. Add to the fact that there are spirits of good and evil in a Middle Eastern setting with excellent characters and this story becomes an extremely interesting one. I do encourage that if you ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
نادي أصدقاء نوبل: * ليالي ألف ليلة - نجيب محفوظ 1988 73 359 Oct 01, 2016 04:03AM  
التراقص بالكلمات .. 1 11 Mar 17, 2015 06:19AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • مصر القديمة
  • في أحضان الكتب
  • حارس سطح العالم
  • أولاد حارتنا
  • ترانيم في ظل تمارا
  • الحرام
  • خلوة الغلبان
  • من علم عبد الناصر شرب السجائر؟
  • ناقة صالحة
  • بجماليون
  • حادثة شرف
  • أوتار الماء
  • إذاعة الأغاني: سيرة شخصية للغناء
  • في أثر عنايات الزيات
  • كحل وحبهان
  • فتح بطن التاريخ
  • أهل الكهف
  • غرفة 304: كيف اختبأت من أبي العزيز 35 عاماً
See similar books…
7,516 followers
Naguib Mahfouz (Arabic author profile: نجيب محفوظ) was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He published over 50 novels, over 350 short stories, dozens of movie scripts, and five plays over a 70-year career. Many of his works have been made into Egyptian and foreign films.

News & Interviews

Twists, turns, and whodunits. We pride ourselves on recommending some great mysteries and thrillers here at the Goodreads office. So, we decided...
69 likes · 29 comments
“عجيبة هذه السلطنة بناسها وعفاريتها..ترفع شعار الله وتغوص في الدنس !! ” 260 likes
“هذا الكون مثقل بالحماقة” 84 likes
More quotes…