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Tales from the Arabian Nights by C. Lang

Tales from the Arabian Nights

by C. Lang

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Masterfully written!
The Sultan Schahriar had the most beautiful wife. But when he found her dishonoring him in the worst way he has no choice but to put her to death. To ensure that this blasphemy will never happen to him again every night he takes on a new bride and every morning the bride is ordered killed by the grand vizier. But one day the grand vizier's eldest daughter comes to him and tells him that she has a plan to get the sultan to stop murdering young women. But the catch is she has to marry him first. with much reluctance the grand vizier finally agrees to her plan knowing that if she fails he will have to murder her himself. With the help of her younger sister they weave a web of stories to enchant the sultan. Every night a new story takes place and every night they are spared their lives.
Stories within stories with in stories are interweave so cleverly and beautifully that they flow into the readers very soul. Vaguely reminiscent of Aesop's Fables, these stories are magnificent and hold their own life lessons within timeless moral confines.
I enjoyed this book immensely! The illustrations are amazingly gorgeous and add to the feel of the book and the stories themselves and in a way even make the stories come to life. I feel that everyone should read this book of stories at least once in their lives. It's well worth it! ❤️ ( )
  TheReadingMermaid | Sep 12, 2018 |
A magnificent collection of stories. I wonder how much has been edited. A great introduction to the tales. ( )
  caseybp | Aug 3, 2017 |
The Sultan Schahriar had a wife who he loved very much, but she betrayed him and it made him hate all women. So he decided that every day he would get a new wife and kill her the following morning. The grand-vizir had a daughter named Scheherazade that was very smart and wanted to help the people of her village. So she asked her father to offer her as the next bride because she had a plan. When she married the Sultan she managed to stay alive day after day by telling him stories but not finishing them so that he would let her live the next day to hear the rest of the story. She lasted 1000 nights and had three children with him, and then he realized that Scheherazed was trustworthy enough to stay his wife.
  mendi009 | Jun 6, 2016 |
A watered down retelling of the stories of Sheherezade. But still not bad. ( )
  AnnetteMcIntyre | Mar 31, 2013 |
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This edition of "Tales from the Arabian Nights" is an abridgment, translated by Andrew Lang. (It sometimes appears with a forward by Pete Hamill, who is sometimes confused with the editor/translator). Please DO NOT combine with other abridgments unless they have the same ISBN or you have confirmed they are exactly the same work with the same translator/editor. Please DO NOT combine abridgments with complete works. If you see abridgments and complete sets/editions combined together, please help by separating them. If in doubt, please DO NOT combine. Especially not when combining large numbers of copies. It takes a lot of time and effort to separate and recombine works.
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The 34 stories included in Andrew Lang's TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS are:
  1. Introduction [this is an abbreviated version of the framing story of Scheherazade]
  2. The story of the merchant and the genius
  3. The story of the first old man and of the hind
  4. The story of the second old man and of the two black dogs
  5. The story of the fisherman
  6. The story of the Greek king and the physician Douban
  7. The story of the husband and the parrot
  8. The story of the vizir who was punished
  9. The story of the young king of the Black Isles
  10. Story of the Three Calenders, sons of kings, and of five ladies of Bagdad
  11. Story of the First Calender, son of a king
  12. Story of the second Calender, son of a king
  13. The story of the envious man and of him who was envied
  14. Story of the third Calender, son of a king
  15. The seven voyages of Sindbad the sailor
  16. The first voyage of Sindbad the sailor
  17. The second voyage of Sindbad the sailor
  18. The third voyage of Sindbad the sailor
  19. The fourth voyage of Sindbad the sailor
  20. The fifth voyage of Sindbad the sailor
  21. The sixth voyage of Sindbad the sailor
  22. The seventh voyage of Sindbad the sailor
  23. The little hunchback
  24. Story of the barber's fifth brother
  25. The story of the barber's sixth brother
  26. The adventures of Prince Camaralzaman and the Princess Badoura
  27. Noureddin and the fair Persian
  28. Aladdin and the wonderful lamp
  29. The adventures of Haroun-al-Raschid of Bagdad
  30. Story of the blind Baba-Abdalla
  31. The story of Sidi-Nouman
  32. Story of Ali Cogia, merchant of Bagdad
  33. The enchanted horse
  34. The story of two sisters who were jealous of their younger sister
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Beautiful princesses, genies who emerge from bottles, and talking birds in 26 magical tales: "Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp," "Sindbad the Sailor," "Noureddin and the Fair Persian," "Merchant of Bagdad," and more. 66 illustrations.

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