The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 1 (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 4 Feb 2010
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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)
The tales satisfy imaginations famished for wonder. But even more importantly, they stand like fabulous cities against the encroachments of the dark (Standpoint)
These magnificent volumes are the most ambitious and thorough translation into English of the Arabian Nights since the age of Queen Victoria and the British Empire. (Guardian)
This is the most comprehensive collection of the stories to date; freshly gathered and translated from Arabic and French sources, this makes a glorious collectors' edition. (Easy Living)
...this new translation of the world's greatest collection of folk stories restores their colour and verve (The Sunday Times)
In a wonderful 3-volume hardback slipcase --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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I have already found myself cross referencing the stories I've read in this volume with the mentions in the works of Alexandre Dumas. I've also found myself answering cross-word questions I couldn't have dreamed of before. But it not only works from a snobby literature "I've read the Arabian Nights" perspective but gives a brilliant insight into Medieval Arabia and is highly engaging. It also has many parts that leave you laughing aloud. It's brilliant to end on the story of Al Baba and the forty theives as well, as it is one of the most well known of the stories.
I know this review hasn't done such a large collection of Stories much justice but as I'm about start the second volume I haven't got the time to write a better one! I can't wait to get properly stuck into the second volume and the third is still waiting patiently on my shelf! A great collection to have, whether you want to read the stories right the way through or read the odd story whilst trying to decide what book to read next.
As a slight after note, and only after realising Amazon doesnt supply the info, I have decided it may be beneficial to let potential buyers know what stories are contained in this volume. There are main stories and then these are often split into smaller stories.Read more ›
I've reached Night 10 so far and am thoroughly enjoying it. I'm not a scholar so am coming to the text with a layman's view as I've always been interested in getting to know the stories. Some reviews have criticised the translation as being dull and less poetic than it should be, but I've found it very accessible and the stories are wonderful and magical at the same time. In fact, I'm a firm believer that you will never find a translation of any foreign-language text that pleases all. For the "everyday reader", though, this one is ideal.
I'm in the Kindle camp and currently have Volumes 1 and 3 - just waiting for Volume 2 to drop to the right price! I always make a point of mentioning the formatting and this one is perfect - which is highly unusual for Penguin books! Text and headings are laid out correctly, and all the real page numbering is in place. If I had one (very minor!) technical criticism it's that the contents and navigation divides the book into collections of 20 or so nights - clearly an approach to reduce the length of the contents and "Go To" menu. But, as there are so many nights to get through, you can forgive this!
I look forward to continuing my exploration of the 1,001 Nights over time. I don't know how long it'll take me to complete this volume, but I'll certainly return with an overview when I have.
If you insist on literal accuracy, go for the Lyons, but if you want a wonderful, poetic romance which reads magically, choose the Madrus/Mathers. If you don't mind the archaic, go for Burton!
Wonderful stories and linked as one continuous story! Loved it!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Read all three books as currently doing research for a potential film....Published 11 months ago by Kate Dickens-Isin
A good book to read encourages you to finish it all and purchase the remaining volumes. A nice expressive and wonderfully put together book of the tales of the arabian nights.Published 19 months ago by usman
Bought for my Daughter. She loves the stories and has watched it many times.Published 23 months ago by Mr Adrian J Thompson
Before I retired from school, teaching assistant, my class went to see a production of Arabian Nights at the theatre, which the children loved so when I left I bought them this... Read morePublished on 3 May 2013 by Sue
I would love be able to write a review about this edition of Tales of 1,001 Nights. I waited in eager anticipation for it to arrive. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2012 by tim_h