Probably this is one of the original "story within a story" book. "Arabian Nights" is a selection of stories told by a young girl on her wedding night to a price who has sworn he will kill any girl who marries him. Her clever stories keep him from murdering her night after night. This is where classic fairy tales such as "Aladdin and Ali Baba" and the "Forty Thieves" come from as well as moral tales and metaphors. The use of djins, magic and Eastern splendour makes "Arabian Nights" dazzle. It is a must read and a perfect counter point to western fairy tales such as "Hans Christian Anderson" and the "Brothers Grimm".
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Full of mischief and valor, ribaldry and romance, The Arabian Nights is a work that has enthralled readers for centuries. The text presented here is that of the 1932 Modern Library edition for which Bennett A. Cerf chose the "most famous and representative" of the stories from the multivolume translation of Richard F. Burton.
The origins of The Arabian Nights are obscure. About a thousand years ago a vast number of stories in Arabic from various countries began to be brought together; only much later was the collection called The Arabian Nights or the Thousand and One Nights. All the stories are told by Shahrazad (Scheherazade), who entertains her husband, King Shahryar, whose custom it was to execute his wives after a single night. Shahrazad begins a story each night but withholds the ending until the following night, thus postponing her execution.
This selection includes many of the stories that are universally known though seldom read in this authentic form:
"Alaeddin; or, the Wonderful Lamp," "Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." These, and the tales that accompany them, make delightful reading, demonstrating, as the Modern Library noted in 1932, that Shahrazad's spell remains unbroken.
"A book that captivates in childhood and delights in age."
--Robert Louis Stevenson
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Book Description Penguin Books, Limited (UK), 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140622683