Arabian Nights: Based On The Text Edited By Muhsin Mahdi Paperback – May 13 2008
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The resourceful Shahrazad... has never been more entertaining than in this fresh and vigorous version of this immortal book. — Doris Lessing (The Independent)
Easily the clearest, most fluent and readable translation. — A.S. Byatt (Sunday Times [London])
A distinguished new translation. — Edward Said (The Nation)
About the Author
Husain Haddawy was born and grew up in Baghdad, taught English and comparative literature at various American universities, wrote art criticism, and is now living in retirement in Thailand.
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It is said, O wise and happy King, that once there was a prosperous merchant who had abundant wealth and investments and commitments in every country. Read the first page
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Scheherazade was a beautiful young woman of high status, living in a kingdom where the women had met a great misfortune. The king was betrayed by one of his mistresses, so he took the habit of recruiting a new mistress every night, whom he would slay in the morning to make sure he was not again betrayed. Scheherazade told her family, to their great dismay, that she was going to volunteer for this duty. The stories are the ones she used to engage the interest of the king, so that his curiosity was so great he would delay killing her for at least one more night.
The first stories portray people of the absolute meanest and most crude nature, full of lust, violence, selfishness, suspicion, and a very low nature.Read more ›
First, the structure of the book, with elegantly nested plots, and cliffhanger chapters which make it clear why the king could not bear to lose Sheherezade before the tale could end.
Second, a set of twists and turns that may in fact be standard for persian/arabian texts, but were new and fresh for someone more used to the western canon. Wow.
I'm certain that any reader will find great joy in the Arabian Nights.
Although I expected to read the story like "the story of Sindbad," and "the story of Aladdin and the Magic Lamp," which are explained by the introduction, is later addition to fulfill the name of the "one thousand" nights, I really enjoy this translation of the oldest version of the Nights. The translator, Husain Haddawy, even made this book more familiar to us. He changes "Allah" to "God," and such. This book about four hundred more pages will bring you a lot fun time while you read it. I highly recommend you to read this version of "The Arabian Nights."
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Stories help make us who we are - it is that simple.
This is a very accessible translation, and a beautiful paperback, which delivers the stories in contemporary... Read more
I was exposed to this book in college, and years later I remembered about it and decided to buy it. It is such a fun read, and I would definitely recommend it. Read morePublished on July 17 2012 by Kevin
This translation is the best by far. The stories are interesting and authentic, very well told. The book itself is a unique concept and I believe a must read for anyone who loves... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2009 by Natasha Sniatowsky
I highly recommend this new translation of the Arabian Nights. Previous translators have sought to colorize or edit the tales, but here the translator sought to stay true to the... Read morePublished on Jan. 23 2004
Haddawy's translation is amazing. His straightforward approach--unlike Burton's, or probably any other English translation--shows in contrast what was missing from earlier... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004 by C. Gardner
This is a book about a woman named Shahrazade who every night sits with her husband and sister and tells stories to distract her husband not killing her. Read morePublished on Dec 8 2003 by Lamia Samad
Feigned as innocent and child-friendly by Disney, the book is a complete antipode of what it is has come to be popularly believed. Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2003 by Amazon Customer