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5.0 out of 5 stars enchanted excellence
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK
The subject matter is of great interest but the prose style is so thick and mannered that reading it is a chore. The book could have a third of cut out and the sentence structure could be simpler. Elric Hooper.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enchanted excellence, 9 Jan 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and magical, 25 Dec 2012
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 Superb twist to 1001 nights!, 25 July 2013
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Suitable for fans of these ancient stories - giving deeper insights - real food for thought - a wonderful piece of work
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's OK, 10 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Stranger Magic: Charmed States & the Arabian Nights (Hardcover)
The subject matter is of great interest but the prose style is so thick and mannered that reading it is a chore. The book could have a third of cut out and the sentence structure could be simpler. Elric Hooper.
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2.0 out of 5 stars no flying carpet, 28 Jan 2013
I was very disappointed and irritated by this book - both by the author and the publisher. It is full of interesting ideas about the nature of magic, the east/west use of fantasy. the influence of the Arabian Nights on a range of authors from Proust to Pullman - but the whole thing is so swamped in erudition that really it becomes far to hefty a tome (literally and metaphorically) for the average reader. And why such very small print? I would have liked three slender volumes and learning worn lightly. If this were a magic carpet one would sink.
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