The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 3

The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 3


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The most significant translation in one hundred years of one of the greatest works of world literature
From Ali Baba and the forty thieves to the voyages of Sinbad, the stories of The Arabian Nights are timeless and unforgettable. Published here in three volumes, this magnificent new edition brings these tales to life for modern readers in the first complete English translation since Richard Burton’s of the 1880s.
Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, and the next morning puts her to death. To end this brutal pattern, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king enchanting tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, of the Angel of Death and magical spirits, and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps—a sequence of stories that will last 1,001 nights, and that will save her own life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140449402
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Pages: 860
Sales rank: 500,172
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Malcolm Lyons (co-translator) is a professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge and a widely published scholar of classical Arabic literature.
Ursula Lyons (co-translator) is an emeritus fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, specializes in modern Arabic literature.
Robert Irwin (editor, introducer) is the author of The Arabian Nights: A Companion as well as numerous other studies of Middle Eastern politics, art and mysticism.

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"A magnificent, unexpurgated edition of the greatest collection of folk tales in the world . . . The Arabian Nights is not a book to be read in a week. It is an ocean of stories to be dipped into over a lifetime. And this new Penguin edition is the one to have."
-The Sunday Times (London)

"The translation . . . ought to become the standard one for the present century."
-The Times Literary Supplement

"These magnificent volumes are the most ambitious and thorough translation into English of The Arabian Nights since the age of Queen Victoria and the British Empire."
-The Guardian

"This new translation of the world's greatest collection of folk stories restores their colour and verve."
-The Sunday Times (London)

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The Arabian Nights 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Daniel McCormick More than 1 year ago
This is a heavily-edited, heavily-censored, public domain version for "young readers" from the 1800s or something. The Barnes and Noble website falsely calls it a translation by Haddawy. Please don?t bother reading Arabian Nights in a bad translation. Stick with either Haddawy (best) or early Burton editions (note that his widow heavily censored them after his death, look for early editions). If you need a childrens version, look for a modern one that is at least readable.
televoid More than 1 year ago
$16.00 for the paperback and $34.00 for the Nook version and $13.75 for the Kindle version. Wow, I'm buying a Kindle!
Peter_Forster on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
These tales are simply stunning and so important given how far their influence has spread. This first volume certainly has the pick of the bunch though, as they do get slightly repetitive by the third volume (although even this adds charm to the tales as the repetitions spread out as if in a hall of indefatigable mirrors).
jjones42 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Readable collection of stories, drawn mostly from the primary story arc (that is, the actual Scherezade framing story) and a number of the most familiar stories. The language does not interfere with the tales in the way that Burton's does.
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This is only $18.99 USD
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I bought this book to continue reading the rest of the stories available from the 'Arabian Nights' set. I really enjoyed reading the first book and I am enjoying this second book.
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