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Some of the best-loved stories in the world. Originating in Persia, India and Arabia, they were the daily entertainment of the common people. In this edition they are retold especially for children. This collection includes the voyages of Sindbad the Sailor, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and the Tale of the Hunchback.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 27th 1994 by Puffin Classics (first published January 1st 1949)
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Sanchit Bhandari
Dec 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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PurplyCookie
Apr 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Emkoshka
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
Brian
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Dergrossest
[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
Coenraad
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
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Daren
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.
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Polar Bear Star
Really missed it when I finished it. Love the bravery in this character!
Wreade1872
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,
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Marcin Roszkowski
Dec 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Nousheen
Jun 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was a good book.
Sarah chaher
2020 kept us at home, but Sindbad took me to marvelous adventures throughout the book 😍
Haribo451
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I needed a quick book for a train journey and this one packs a lot in sixty pages. The narrative is told by old Sindbad the Sailor to a porter who he not only invites to sit with him but also feeds him and pays him for each visit. This is before the sailor discovers that they share the same name, a curious device that doesn’t really serve any immediate purpose.

Anyway, Sindbad’s voyages (whether truthful or not) are packed with imagination and adventure. Granted, they do follow a repetitive patt
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Kimberly Fields
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
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
Mariyam
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
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.
I thi
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Storey
May 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Liz
Dec 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
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!
Marie
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
Charlotte
Dec 24, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Kathi Sharp
Heard on The Classic Tales Podcast
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Vika
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
Goodness
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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