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Arabian Nights 3 [Hardcover]

Malcom C Lyons , Ursula Lyons , Robert Irwin

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Oct. 25 2011 Penguin Classics
Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba's outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps. One of the best known and most influential works of literature ever written, this is the first complete translation into English of "The Arabian Nights" from the Arabic since the 1880s. It also includes new translations from 18th century French of the so-called 'orphan stories', for which no original Arabic text remains. In a wonderful three-volume, luxury, limited edition boxset, this is a truly beautiful object.

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Magnificent Guardian This new translation restores their colour and verve The Times Outstanding Telegraph The most ambitious and thorough translation ... since the age of Queen Victoria Guardian Sweet, sad, obscene and marvellous -- A. S. Byatt This new Penguin edition is the one to have Sunday Times

About the Author

Malcolm Lyons, sometime Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge and a life Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, is a specialist in the field of classical Arabic literature.His published works include the biography Saladin, the Politics of the Holy War, The Arabian Epic, Identification and Identity in Classical Arabic Poetry and many articles on Arabic literature. Ursula Lyons, formerly an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University and, since 1976, an Emeritus Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, specialises in modern Arabic literature. Robert Irwin is the author of For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and numerous other specialised studies of Middle Eastern politics, art and mysticism. His novels include The Limits of Vision, The Arabian Nightmare, The Mysteries of Algiers and Satan Wants Me.

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great condition; great book
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great title but shameful packaging from Amazon.com Jan. 20 2013
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My review is less about the product and more about the woeful packaging that Amazon.com used to shipped it to me (USA to Australia)... The title looked fantastic and I thought it would make a great addition to my growing collection of Penguin Classics. However when it arrived words cannot described how disappointed I was. Instead of using an appropriately sized box the packaging department had used a very large box with NO protective materials so the boxed set of books were free to move about in the box on the journey from the USA to Australia. The outer cover was damaged beyond repair and torn on every side. The books themselves were dented and damaged... Very disappointed and upset with how Amazon.com handled the issue....
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volumes 1-3 Deluxe Boxed Set (Penguin Classics) June 27 2012
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The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volumes 1-3 Deluxe Boxed Set (Penguin Classics) was worth the invesment. This gift was for Fathers Day and my husband has been reading volume I every since.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Books arrived timely Nov. 28 2012
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I'm giving this as a Christmas gift so I was a little disappointed when I found the casing around the 3 books was dented on the back side, but the books are ok.

Thank you for your timely shipment.

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