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This particular volume covered (by and large) only two stories. One was an epic battle between the Islamic forces and the Christian forces. It is told largely in a military history fashion, forgoing character development in favor of discussion of military tactics, strategies, and events. It was not the most interesting of stories. The second prominent story in this volume was a romance tale - personally, I think this particular tale could easily be re-worked by Hollywood for modern audiences (a man is betrothed since childhood. His betrothed loves him with all her heart, but he's somewhat oblivious and falls for another woman. The other woman is a bit of a tease and flirt. The betrothed offers the man advice on how to court his love, even though it pains her incredibly - all she wants is his happiness. It isn't until it's too late that the man realizes that he was chasing after the wrong woman.) ( )
  benuathanasia | May 1, 2015 |
Volume 1 Review: The "first night" was a bit of a slog to get through, but it provided all the story set-up, so that's forgivable. The first volume has a good mixture of comedy, adventure, and drama. Much of the comedy is farcical and would lend itself well to a visual performance. The adventure is more or less middling at this point, but the book hasn't yet gotten to its most famous tales of adventure (Ali Baba, Sinbad, etc). The drama is, of course, dramatic, and usual winds up with a humorous or astounding ending. I could do without all the poetry, but what are you gonna do about it? Not like I can complain to the author! ( )
  benuathanasia | Feb 3, 2015 |
c. 1850s- 1880s, and initially published in 1885. It is about Arabian tales, in English translation, in nearly 4,000 pages. As of December 2011, this is the only library recording the inclusion of the entire publication.
  Jwsmith20 | Dec 15, 2011 |
This is probably not the best collection in the world but this is a small selection of stories from the Arabian Nights. Here we have a whole world of magic; men and Djinn; good and evil; trickery and romance. A fascinating glimpse of how that society has been entertained for generations. Burton's translation is old-fashioned but, to me, that adds to the hold that these stories still have for us. ( )
  calm | Mar 21, 2010 |
This review is for the 2005 edition of The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night by Assouline Publishing, which features a translation by Powys Mathers (although Amazon's data lists the translation as Richard Burton's, that is incorrect). This edition also features stunning illustrations by Leon Carre and beautiful ornamental design by Racim Mohammed. In fact the illustrations are the reason I purchased this book and thought that a review that focused on this might be useful to other readers. The illustrations were originally from an older multi-volume edition published in the 1920s. This "coffee-table book" sized edition only contains about 20 full page colour plates, a sample of the original number, but as the illustrations are linked to the stories selected, and those are just a small sample of the tales, it is understandable. Leon Carre's illustrations are lush, detailed, and exotic. The colours, patterns of the carpets, details of the garden are a feast for the eyes and perfectly portrays the sense of wonder and exoticism the reader envisions while reading the stories. The ornamental designs by Racim Mohammend adorn the pages throughout the book, with particularly elaborate work on the title and first pages of each tale. They match well with Carre's illustrations and add to the richness of this book. The book also comes in a slipcase, which features another full-sized illustration by Carre.
If you are looking for a beautiful illustrated edition of 1001 nights, I highly recommend this book. It is both affordable and gorgeous! ( )
  ParadigmTree | Feb 2, 2010 |
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It is related-but Allah is all wise and all knowing, all powerful and all beneficent-that there was, in tide and show of ancient time and passage of the age and of the moment, a king among the kings of Sasan, in the isles of India and China.
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STOP! This entry is for the complete Burton translation of The Thousand Nights and a Night, WITH terminal essay and footnotes/endnotes, but WITHOUT the Supplemental Nights. This includes the three-book 1962 Heritage Press edition and the six-book 1934 Limited Editions publication. Most other editions are abridgments, and the abridgments have been combined with complete sets due to lack of information from members. Please DO NOT combine this work with abridgments, single volumes, or with sets that include the Supplemental Nights. 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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Includes: Noureddin Ali of Cairo and his son Bedreddin Hassan  -- Kenerezzeman and Budour  -- Ali Shar and Zummurud -- Abu Nowas and the three boys -- Man's dispute with the learned woman.
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