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Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights [Kindle Edition]

Marina Warner
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"Wonderful... This is a flying carpet of a book" (Jeanette Winterson)

"Wide-ranging, erudite, wondrously polymathic exploration of the tales of magic...Warner, too is a beguiling storyteller: her fascination with true knowledge embedded in realms of wonder" (Iain Finlayson The Times)

"Her mind is as rich and fascinating as the stories themselves, taking us on a magic carpet from Borges and Goethe, to Edward Said and the movies" (Hanif Kureishi Guardian, Books of the Year)

"An epic study of the Arabian Nights...a dissection of the myths in these enduring classics that promises to throw light on the countries from which the stories spring and the lives of women in them" (Mariella Frostrup Observer, Books of the Year)

"This beautifully illustrated book, part retelling, part analysis, is a wonderful companion to some of the most marvellous stories ever told" (Michael Kerrigan The Scotsman)

Book Description

A dazzling history of magical thinking, exploring the power of the Arabian Nights and its impact in the West, and retelling some of its wondrous tales. Lavishly illustrated throughout.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5575 KB
  • Print Length: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (3 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LPE686
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,144 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enchanted excellence 9 Jan 2013
By ganga
Format:Paperback
Stranger Magic offers an unparalleled open door into what lies beneath and beyond the stories of 1001 Nights. Marina Warner peppers her commentary on the tales with her usual startling erudition where other less persistent writers would rely merely on anecdote. An essential read for anyone seriously interested, even "just interested" in the history of fiction.

But, for all this, the book is fully accessible, and wonderful bedtime reading!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and magical 25 Dec 2012
Format:Paperback
Marina Warner enchants the reader with beautiful, passionate writing and interesting facts for all The Arabian Nights fanatics. Inside you will also find beautiful illustrations who puts the reader into that magical and secretive world of The Arabian Nights. This is not just a guide to understand the stories better but also a door into a world few westerners dare to enter.
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5.0 out of 5 stars extraordinary & magical 27 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
an extraordinary and magical book - i am lost in wonder every time i sit down and dip in
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