The Arabian Nights (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

The Arabian Nights (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

by Richard Francis Burton (Translator)

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Overview


Collected nearly a millennium ago, these folktales are presented as stories that crafty Scheherazade tells her husband, King Shahryar, over a thousand-and-one consecutive nights, to pique his interest for the next evening's entertainment . . . and save her life. They include "Sinbad the Sailor," "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp," and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves." Color illustrations by René Bull.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435156234
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 10/29/2016
Series: Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions Series
Edition description: Bonded Leather Edition
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 8,849
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.80(d)

About the Author

Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) was an English explorer, author, translator, linguist, and orientalist. Though he published over forty books and countless articles during his life, only two were original works. He is best known for his translations, in particular his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and The Kama Sutra.

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The Arabian Nights 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is great tale that broadens your veiw of the large world that we live in. It gives you a cultural idea of how the eastern people communicated and lived through their story telling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The arabian nughts are mesmeruzing
xicanti on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sir Richard Burton's translation presents a nice selection of the stories. He's chosen many of the most popular tales, (including Aladdin), plus a large number of lesser-known - but still highly entertaining - stories. His translations are perhaps a tad colonial, but in most cases I found that he managed to capture that Arabian feel pretty nicely.I do have one major complaint with Burton's work, though: he hasn't paragraphed at all. As a result, this book is a very slow read. It doesn't flow nearly as well as it should, and it's difficult to stop in the middle of what are sometimes very long stories. Still, the mass market paperback edition is very reasonably priced, and it's a rewarding collection if you can manage to wade through it.
Anansi_in_Texas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**** The Thousand and One Nights is one of the great story collections of world literature. I fault this volume partly because some of Burton's choices of language are obscure and partly because what I really want is the entire work, not just a selected set of stories.
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alexphilAU More than 1 year ago
Arabian Nights is a collection of stories-short stories of sort-that was told to a King in the East so the storyteller can escape or prolong death which was actually a punishment for a misdeed done. These stories were told at night tot he king, thus, Arabian nights. The storyteller ends everytime morning came and the king, went to bed. These stories are a mammoth of events that happened in the Middle East some years back. They are magical and fairy tale like. I have not read these stories seriously before, until lately when I got a god copy of the book in electronic form. My favorite is Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, the grandest of them all. I also like The Flying Carpet. For those who like a glimpse of Middle eastern culture and literature, these stories is the best!!!
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