Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics), The

Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba's outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps. The sequence of stories will last 1,001 nights.


Reviewed: 2021-05-25

Recommend the translation by Husain Haddawy rather than this "classic" version. The new translation is much more dedicated to the original stories rather than the amalgamation of stories collected and added to by British colonials.

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