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The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 nights Giftset Hardcover – Box set, 27 Nov 2008


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  • Hardcover: 2715 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (27 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140911669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140911664
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 16.6 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 893,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penguin has produced this 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. Settle back, pour a glass of wine and sail away with Sinbad to the Island of Serendib.
-- Christopher Hart, The Sunday Times, 14th December 2008

About the Author

Malcolm Lyons, sometime Sir Thomas Adams’s Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge and a life Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, is a specialist in the field of classical Arabic literature.His published works include the biography Saladin, the Politics of the Holy War, The Arabian Epic, Identification and Identity in Classical Arabic Poetry and many articles on Arabic literature. Ursula Lyons, formerly an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University and, since 1976, an Emeritus Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, specialises in modern Arabic literature. Robert Irwin is the author of For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and numerous other specialised studies of Middle Eastern politics, art and mysticism. His novels include The Limits of Vision, The Arabian Nightmare, The Mysteries of Algiers and Satan Wants Me.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hoose on 2 Nov 2009
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I bought this book as a reminder of my childhood because I was read the Arabic version of almost all the stories as a kid. The stories are as close a translation that one can get to, having read some of the stories in Arabic myself. Very descriptive and detailed and can be as entertaining to an adult as to a child. As a boxset of 3 books, its 'fantabulous'. What did not impress me was the care AMAZON had put into sending the book over. Box was about twice (if not more) the boxset size, and as a result the book casing was visibly damaged, ruining the silvery blue look of the case and disappointing my overall book buying experience, hence the 4 stars. But at the end of the day, I'm reading the books (5 star) not the case!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Pj Bauer on 2 Feb 2009
Format: Hardcover
We bought this for our son who loves storytelling. The National Public Radio review enticed us to order it as quickly as possible. The new translation turned out to be a delight, though the flimsy cardboard case the 3 books come in was a little disappointing. The books themselves more than make up for it. Detailed, well written and sumptuous stories that are more easy to lose oneself in than any other version we have read.

It was the perfect gift and our son is immersed, so we won't hear from him for awhile, but it will be remembered as a dear gift.
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Contrary to the other reviewers, my box-set arrived in perfect condition. What can I say about the tales? I love the surreal plot, tale within a tale, tales unfolding in tandem, lovely interwoven. There are lots of didactic meanings to be found in all three volumes and the descriptions of places, people, and situations immerses one in a surreal dream with no beginning and no end..
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14 of 42 people found the following review helpful By M. Lundell on 10 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is about the packaging I got for this book set - Amazon UK put this very heavy and large book set into a bigger box (maybe twice the size) with no packaging whatsoever, meaning the book set was slightly scuffed up but it was only a miracle that it wasn't completely destroyed in the International shipment.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I WANT ONE! 8 Feb 2010
By Eva F. Cardenas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
this is one of the amazingly beautiful sets by coralie bickford-smith.
however, these do NOT retail for $1000 minimum, they were originally released at 125 pounds in England.
the price is preposterous. I would buy this at a more reasonable price (since my parents are essentially the ones buying it) although i do agree that this is a classic literature worth an investment.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's available in paperback 10 May 2010
By Spacemuppet - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Since the used copies of this are going for $2,000.00 right now, I wrote to the illustrator, Coralie Bickford-Smith, to ask if a reprint was in the works, and she kindly wrote back to tell me that while there isn't currently a plan to reprint the hardcover edition, the translation is already available in paperback:

The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics)
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 2 (Penguin Classics)
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 3 (Penguin Classics)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights Giftset 22 Oct 2011
By Alan Denton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
You can get these fine books and save a lot of money if you order it over at Amazon UK. P.S. These stories were a big influence on the young Charles Dickens.
8 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I disagree 25 Jun 2009
By Jonathan D. Butterfield - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is an important piece of literature, and a great read for adults, but I have to disagree with the review above that recommends this book for children. I started reading it as a child, and frankly the frame around the stories is most definitely NOT suitable for children. I was looking for this set with reading to my child in mind, but it will be stories themselves, and only after previewing and selecting appropriate ones for his age.

Please don't let this review turn you off a fabulously entertaining and important piece of literature. I write this only as a parent who would like to add a note of caution before you give this set to your eight-year old thinking it's an appropriate read.
6 of 27 people found the following review helpful
True classic that has been ignored 17 Jun 2009
By George Patrick Mcgill - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a true classic that children would love if they knew about it. In the political atmosphere (atmos fear) created by the ideologs in Washington to fuel the ridiculous spending that bombs third world countries back to the fifteenth century, books like this cannot find a market (readers). What a loss to our young people who need to understand that other cultures have heroes that do NOT appear on "American Idol". A wonderful collection of stories and exquisitely rendered into a mantel or coffee table display!
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