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One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  1,172 ratings  ·  108 reviews
King Shahryar kills a new wife every night, because he is afraid she will stop loving him. But his new bride Shahrazad has a clever plan to save herself. Her nightly stories--of Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba, and many other heroes and villains--are so engrossing that King Shahryar has to postpone her execution again and again... This illustrated edition brings together all t ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 6th 2000 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Kate Lawrence
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'd tried several times in recent years to read a collection of the Arabian Nights tales, and kept getting bogged down in archaic language, unfamiliar cultural references, or versions that were too long. This rendition of 35 tales intended for younger readers, however, is vivid and concise, easily readable and--at 275 pages--not too simplified. Filled with magic, danger, deceit, talking animals, exotic locales, romance, abrupt changes of fortune, and poetic justice, the characters are drawn from ...more
Steven Walle
Jan 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book, the King was very disheartened with women. He claimed that a woman's love only lasts a day, so he would marry a young bride one morning and have her killed the next.
He then found a bride who would regail him with beautiful fanciful stories so the King kept her alive for one thousand and one nights.
I enjoyed this very much and would highly recommend it.
Enjoy and Be Blessed
Devon Flaherty
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My son is in a home school co-op this year. I am the fifth and sixth grade writing teacher. I was given my curriculum, which came complete with a list of reading for the year. So I read the novels along with the kids, and there were some mixed results. As you should be able to tell from the title of this blog entry, the theme of their writing course of the year was Medieval times, which was cool because they were also studying the Middle Ages in their history class. So there was a lot of overlap ...more
Pooja Banga
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
King Shahryar kills a new wife every night, because he is afraid she will stop loving him. But his new bride Shahrazad has a clever plan to save herself. Her nightly stories--of Sinbad the Sailor, Ali Baba, and many other heroes and villains--are so engrossing that King Shahryar has to postpone her execution again and again... This illustrated edition brings together all the Arabian Nights tales in an original retelling by award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
While the book had a beautiful ending, I think that this adaptation didn't really sit well with me, partly because of the many Europeanisations. I suspect that a better translation , or a longer adaptation, or just reading it in the original once I've learned those languages better. ...more
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! The translation was wonderful, I learnt more about the tales than before, the illustrations weren't that good and didn't support the stories which was a shame but then they let my imagination do the work. Great to read or to read aloud. No wonder its a classic.
Alice Bloxham
May 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised, especially considering this version is for younger readers.
This is a tale about a man who cannot trust women, to the extent of where he marries on every night before arranging for their rather untimely deaths so they cannot betray him. Until of course, he marries his wazir's daughter, when everything changes. Wonderful stories with excellent messages behind them and of course an insight into the origin of Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and more. A very easy to read, fun v
Jul 16, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't recommend this as a book to share with young kids; explaining a king's killing a new wife every night is a bit too gruesome. But it has been wonderful to read these old tales on my own and share them with my older kids. I am amazed by the creativity of the human race. These stories are centuries old! ...more
Dec 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Although, some of the stories were a little bit boring. I liked how most of the stories had a message for Sharyar of what he could improve on. I think that was a really good idea. There were also many stories that reminded me of other stories like The Story Of The Anklet.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I liked the emotions of Shaharazad and the King, and the stories she told were suspenseful and full of emotion. My favorite part (one of them) was at the end, when the King and Shaharazad ebded up together
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My favorite as a child!
This book was really good. I normally don't like folktales, but this book really changed my perspective on them. The book also taught me a lot about Arabic culture and Islam. ...more
Jennifer Spiers
Apr 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this collection - I had only heard some of the stories before in much more simplified versions/tv adaptations so this was a great retelling.

Use in the classroom:

A collection of traditional tales retold in a simplified form (though not overly simplified - suitable for upper KS2-KS3 readers and adults). I read it in fits and starts as and when this was used in a Year 5 / 6 class as the class book, guided reading text, and link to the topic of Ancient Islam. Although not quite the intent
Nevan Taskhir
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
GENRE: Fairy Tale
READING LEVEL: Grades 7-12

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights is a collection of tales from the Islamic Golden Age. The story begins with where a king finds out that his first wife is unfaithful, and has her beheaded the next day. The king then swears to marry a different woman each night before killing her the following morning to prevent further betrayal. Then, the king encounters a different woman, who is the Wazir's daughter. She conducts a plan to end this pattern
Umit N
Dec 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

In this book, a king, King Shahryar, is introduced as a king who kills a newly married wife every night, in fear of her love being lost to another man. This adds an intriguing sense to the beginning of the book, in my opinion.

Quite an amazing book! The stories Shahrazad tells are very detailed, and descriptive, and all end very nicely. I think the length of this book is also quite satisfying, because it is slightly short, but not even close to 'too short.' (T
Felipe CZ
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Despite having some violent, sexist and chauvinist stories, it is an interesting work to read. To counter the deceit of women, King Shahrayar beds a new wife each night only to have her killed in the morning. But his vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, vows to save the kingdom's girls by telling the king stories to keep him interested so that he can't kill her. ...more
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read this as part of a COVID book club, and chose this edition so I could read the stories to my 10-y.o. This translation is age appropriate, though any translation will need to come with some contextualizing about the cultural tropes that operate there. Still, good translation for younger readers and their dads.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a fabulous book! My young guy narrated the child-friendly stories to give who'd listen because they were so fun. Geraldine McCaughrean did a lovely job of choosing from the thousand stories ones that are appropriate for children and making them readable both on one's own and aloud. ...more
Liz F.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well that was an interesting book!

I liked it! Very creative. ;) The beginning was kinda slow for me, but then I got more into it. I don't know why. :P

I'll catch up on all my other reviews maybe tomorrow! :)
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the storytelling of this book. Apparently though, there is a more complex version with more stories? I’m kinda confused on that. But despite that confusion, this was very lovely and nostalgic :). It was like being child again, listening to stories of adventure and love.
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
These stories were a lot of fun to read, and it was interesting to see how they have been incorporated into popular culture in various ways. I also really enjoyed this version, because I felt that it did a good job representing the culture while also making it accessible to the modern reader.
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Arabian Nights was pretty good and had a lot of stories (most of which were good), but it got a bit repetitive after a while. Also, the book was predictable, which made it a bit less exciting.
Tiffany Mae
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
I didn't enjoy this book; there were to many stories and it took forever to get to the point. ...more
rêveur d'art
Beautiful rendering of 1001 nights for all ages...

"you are the songbird in my heart's cage, my crescent moon flying through the night sky."
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Great story! Clean version! Loved it!!
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully written and highly enjoyable re-telling of these classic tales. Outstanding for upper elementary or middle school aged students!
Jordan Phizacklea-Cullen
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Vibrant retelling of the classic tales of magic, skullduggery and romance that surprisingly raises a few genuine laugh out loud moments.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Decent; funny; enjoyable
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Young persons version but very much enjoyed it. Would like to try Burton's original translation ...more
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was absolutely beautiful and spell binding. The descriptive language of the author made my heart leap and fall and I was nearly crying by the end.
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes

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