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by Andrew Lang

The Arabian Nights Entertainments epub ebook

Author: Andrew Lang
Category: Mathematics
Language: English
Publisher: BiblioBazaar (February 22, 2007)
Pages: 322 pages
ISBN: 0554028727
ISBN13: 978-0554028729
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 220
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The Arabian nights entertainments.

The Arabian nights entertainments. by. Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912; Ford, H. J. (Henry Justice), 1860-1941, ill. Publication date. London ; New York : Longmans, Green.

The Arabian Nights Entertainments by Andrew Lang (1844 - 1912). The audio is the records of Librivox.

The stories in the Fairy Books have generally been such as old women in country places tell to their grandchildren. The Arabian Nights Entertainments. Nobody knows how old they are, or who told them first. The children of Ham, Shem and Japhet may have listened to them in the Ark, on wet days. Hector's little boy may have heard them in Troy Town, for it is certain that Homer knew them, and that some of them were written down in Egypt about the time of Moses. BoD – Books on Demand, 2019. Printed in the United States of America

The arabian nights entertainments. Printed in the United States of America. This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, organiza- tions, places, events and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

The Arabian Nights Entertainments, by Andrew Lang May, 1994 The stories in the Fairy Books have generally been such as old women in country places tell to their grandchildren.

The Arabian Nights Entertainments, by Andrew Lang May, 1994. Intro through page 48 typed by Christy Phillips. The rest of the etext scanned by John Hamm (). Proofread by Christy Phillips (). This text is in the PUBLIC DOMAIN. The stories in the Fairy Books have generally been such as old women in country places tell to their grandchildren.

More books by Andrew Lang. This book is an abridged version of Arabian Nights. The volumes are very descriptive and full.

Arabian Nights Entertainments - Andrew Lang

Arabian Nights Entertainments - Andrew Lang. In this book "The Arabian Nights" are translated from the French version of Monsieur Galland, who dropped out the poetry and a great deal of what the Arabian authors thought funny, though it seems wearisome to us. In this book the stories are shortened here and there, and omissions are made of pieces only suitable for Arabs and old gentlemen. The translations are by the writers of the tales in the Fairy Books, and the pictures are by Mr. Ford.

The stories are told over a period of one thousand and one nights, and every night she ends the story with a suspenseful situation, forcing the King to keep her alive for another day. The individual stories were created over many. The individual stories were created over many centuries, by many people and in many styles, and they have become famous in their own right. he came to me in my prison and tore out my right eye. This is a very violence book. I regret reading it. However, i have to finish what i started.

The stories in the Fairy Books have generally been such as old women in country places tell to their grandchildren.
Reviews (7)
Lonesome Orange Kid
These stories are pure adventure with only superficial attempts at moralizing. They are fantastical and repeat themes of transportation to distant lands, magic infatuating lusts and power. The characters are revealed for you to be good or bad and relationships are intertwined with their worldly desires which focus on lavish gardens and palaces of competing grandeur, sweet water, and rich foods. Motives are simple and straight forward, all focused on love, money and social standing. The subject of physical beauty, infatuation, jealousy, greed is repeated throughout. Stories always resolve fully with the frequent ending being the assumption that peace, love and happiness is forever after.

The stories are told succinctly and occasionally abruptly with few attempts at building anticipation or develop the imagination although this may be in part due to the editor (admittedly) screening out the `dull' parts. Still, an attempt could have been made to soften transition points and somewhat engage the imagination. Because of their format, the tales read like a children's book; short and to the point, explaining needed details, leaving out intermediate parts of the stories so as to be able to jump to the next conclusion. Perhaps this is why I was annoyed with this book throughout. But more so was I annoyed because of the repeated themes of foolishness, lust, vanity, greed, arrogance and the abuse of power.

I believe a review should be, as they say, "Just the facts, Mam". Reviews are not the best place to express your purely emotional response to a story. Still, while reading these stories, I could not rid myself the feelings of irritation for the characters foolishness and abuses. Frequently these tales told of youth, spoiled children entitled and privileged by heredity, who viciously abused their servants, were compelled by their unbridled passions (infatuations & lusts) to undertake some adventure. Instead of their adventures leading them to some moral conclusion or change of character (for which I am accustomed), they eventually had their lusts fulfilled, their lives enriched and lived happily forever after. Perhaps this is why all the Chalifs (kings), really just the grown versions of their entitled spoiled and vicious children, were so eager to cut the heads off of their innocent victims. Could they not consider any other form of justice than death? But, beheadings is a cultural insult, a reference to which I am not wholly familiar.

Something distinct in these tales is the impression that the highest aspirations in life are that of power, riches and beauty. Moral imperatives, although insinuated slightly, are almost completely missing from these stories and always secondary and less than consequential to the plot. Critics were easily silenced with gifts and exhaustive explanations of why they (the privileged) were more entitled and deserving than the rest of society, almost to the point of saying that adventure and danger was a right to privilege above that of a good stewardship or humble servitude. Many of the adventures were spurned out of the pure boredom of having everything.

The powerful were often cruel and vicious. The powerful always seemed concerned with conspiracies and subterfuge which might dethrone them. This may be why many of the tales deal with the powerful feinting generosity with lavished meals and gifts of money on their detractors in what is obviously a ploy to earn their condolences. But by any true accounting it is clear that they had given away an insignificant bribe to buy a conversion. The stories did not balance the cruelties issues for false conviction with any balance of penance (to which I am accustomed), having their years of base cruelties dispelled in an instance (never needing forgiveness) and without a twinge of stinging (profound) guilt. The powerful where always right (excused) in their actions, even in their severe and cruel injustices.

I had to ask a friend familiar with southwest Asian studies to clarify if whether these stories were not a commentary on the cultures of that region. They advised me that they are more an aristocratic view of the poor (they control). I was relieved to learn that these stories are not a true reflection of that society for such a reflection would be a shallow one at best. But, I would extrapolate that these stories may be a means of society manipulation. For those not of these lands, the stories seem fantastical and fun, but the under pinning are that of power and privilege over all other things.

I guess I have finally outgrown the silliness and cruelty of childhood fairy tales. The reality of this world compels me to search for more morality than these stories offer. I do not plan on reading these stories to my children without taking great liberties at `improving' on the morals of these stories. Genis are a world of fun, but I prefer my fun to have meaning; ethical, moral and spiritual consequences which transcend this world, if you will. These are by no means the only fairy tales which are lacking. But these were the ones which stole my innocence away from me. These are fun adventures, but as a parent, I much prefer Aesop's Fables.


It's been a long ti,e since I've read this book, and I honestly did not remember more than half of it considering I had read it as a child. I absolutely loved every minute of it! I highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys curiosities. It delivers you to a place of imagination and allows you to bask in a world of fantasy that's unlike any other! I managed to read this to my son in a week, and he enjoyed it as well. If I could give it 100 stars, I would!

This kindle edition [Neeland Media LLC (July 1, 2004)] lacks the table of contents and the beautiful original drawings etc. If one it is just after the text of the book (edited by Andrew Young), there is a free Kindle version of it (in sections and in a complete version) on Amazon.

I'm deeply disappointed in this collection of tales. I've grown up all my life hearing about Scheherazade and her stories, of Aladin, and Sinbad, etc. I had drawn a picture in my mind of great adventures and brave characters. My mental image was much better than reality. The "heros" of these tales seem to all be self-serving liars and thieves without honor. I can't even bring myself to finish the book. One day I will, just because I am too stubborn to leave something undone. But for now it will just sit at 48% in my Kindle.

This version ends abruptly, not at the end of the book, but at the end of one of the (1001) tales. It includes the beginning, but not the end, of the wrap-around story that is the setting for all the other stories. To find out what happens to Scheherazade after she finishes telling all the tales, you have to get a different version. I was so surprized at this, that I thought at first my Kindle was broken and wouldn't go to the next page. In this version, the next page isn't there.

I read The Arabian Nights when I was little and loved the stories. I read the hard copy at that time, of course. It was an adaptation for children. I was looking now for the book for my daughter to read and I was so glad I found the kindle version. My daughter loves her kindle more than her DSI and she loves it more when she has a good story in it. This version of the stories was perfect for her. And a classic offered for free by amazon? That's brilliant! Getting the young readers interested in reading classics on e-ink is revolutionary.

While this version of the 1001 Arabian Nights does come with some controversy, being abridged, it was the first sample I got of those tales in print and I love it! I had the book out from the library when I was a kid, and ever since I have dreamed of putting the pretty binding on my own shelf. It was in used condition- but it's gorgeous and I have fulfilled my fantasy!

I had the idea it would blissful to ride to work with Toby Stephens reading stories to me. I was right. These are charming and sometimes hair-raising tales told with all the variety he can bring to his voice to mesmerize and enthrall. I have heard other books on tape where the reader falters at the woman's lines or sounds too much the same to distinguish between characters. Toby can go from growl to light-as-air with the greatest of ease. These stories have far too much violence for the smallest of children but, otherwise, offer a delicious trip to fantasy land courtesy of a master storyteller.

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