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Arabian Nights

Post by asw525 » 28 Jan 2014, 00:00

Just got a big thing of classics and one of them is "The tales of the Arabian Nights." Has anyone read these stories? Are they good? I'm really curious now. :)

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Post by FNAWrite » 28 Jan 2014, 13:11

I've read them. Heck, I have Robert Irwin's Companion to them.

You have the book, if you are curious, read some of it and answer yourself the question of are they good. One hint might be that they have been published and republished in English for over 300 years. Somebody must enjoy them.

Certainly some will be familiar.

"Just got a big thing of classics" You really think "thing" was the best word for use here?

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Post by soccerstar95 » 12 Feb 2014, 14:13

They're all online. There aren't really 1001 tales, but there are quite a few. You've probably heard some of the stories in form or another because a lot of these tales repeat with different names in different cultures. They're really good though and definitely fun to read. I'm pretty sure they were banned at some point in the Muslim world because of some of the "explicit" content.
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Post by Wreade1872 » 16 Feb 2014, 16:36

There are different version of the translations and i think i heard some of the explicit stuff was just made up by one of the translators.
I've read some, like all folktales, fairytales whatever you want to call them, i found them very hard to read. I think its because they were never meant to be read but rather just to be heard.
I did enjoy the CONTENT of the 7 voyages of sinbad, if not the actual experience of reading them. The original Sinbad is a far, far cry from the television versions :lol .

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Post by imodelmichelle » 08 Apr 2014, 17:48

great stories some brutal and some just interesting. a must read

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Post by Batesblogger » 09 Dec 2014, 20:49

I really like them. Recently found a 1960s illustrated version to add to my daughter's book collection. Some of them are a little strange but worth reading.
Somewhere out there is a world we never knew existed.

Languages never spoken.
Colors that should not be.
Lives never opened.
Eyes that never see.

And then the page is turned, a universe created.

We are gods.
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Post by ananya92 » 06 Jan 2015, 01:56

Well, I think you should definitely satisfy your curiosity, they are quite interesting and witty. I agree that they would have been probably considered quite explicit once upon a time, but some of the stories like that of Aladdin and Ali Baba make for good childrens' tale. Worth a read.

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Post by shravsi » 29 Jul 2019, 08:28

Go ahead and enjoy. It is a wonderful book.

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Post by LeDiplomatique » 05 Nov 2019, 06:08

Interesting read.

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Post by Anna1512 » 09 Nov 2019, 18:53

You should read them. The tales are from different authors, some of them are really beautiful but others didn't impress me. However the book is impregnate by a magical atmosphere that brings you to a very different, mysterious and enchanted world, so I strongly recommend to read it!

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Post by kathey » 12 Nov 2019, 11:06

I really love short stories and fables especially from India and Arab and Arabian Nights was no exception. I'd really have loved it though if the flow was consistent throughout the book because at some point the stories no longer flow into each other.

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