- Paperback: 330 pages
- Publisher: Labyrinthe Press (Oct. 11 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0993202969
- ISBN-13: 978-0993202964
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 399 g
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Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights: Traditional Tales from a Thousand and One Nights, Contemporary Tales for Adults Paperback – Oct 11 2016
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"Food for thought and refreshing new perspectives on how the messages of the original stories can be applied to modern times...especially recommended for those who would view the original classics with a new eye to their lasting relevance." - Midwest Book Review "Inventive author Clive Johnson brings to life [the age-old cultural icons] once again-with a cool modern twist." - BlueInk Review "It's a clever idea, handsomely executed in impeccable prose." - BlueInk Review "All in all, this is a delightful collection." - BlueInk Review "[Johnson's] passion for these stories, as well as the modern retellings, comes through clearly and it drew me in. Seven stories featuring everyday people dealing with astonishing circumstances." - N. N. Light "If you loved reading about Sinbad the Sailor or Aladdin as a kid, you'll love these retellings as an adult. A great way to escape for a few hours and a must read!" - N. N. Light "The narrative throughout the book flows effortlessly." - San Francisco Book Review "A worthy literary endeavor." - San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
Clive Johnson is a student and follower of the perennial tradition, the belief that many myths, fairy stories and faith traditions point to common truths at their heart. Clive is an interfaith minis-ter ordained by the One Spirit Interfaith Founda-tion, as well as a teacher, storyteller and retreat host. He has had a lifelong interest in the power of myth and the oral tradition of story telling. Being autistic, a would-be mystic and not approaching his reflections from an academic standpoint, he approaches his writing with an open heart and a keen curiosity. He has no fixed home, pursuing a nomadic lifestyle that allows him to follow his heart. This is his seventh book. Clive may be reached via his website, www.interfaithministry.co.uk.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com
I can neither recommend nor lead you away from this book.
The tales of Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights are made up of scoundrel and noble characters. This book is made up of various stories that all tend to be quite extraordinary in their own way. Author Clive Johnson took the classic iconic tales and gave them a makeover with their underlying classical whimsy intact. There is more though, can’t forget about the new clever twist. Who doesn’t like a good twist.
These days re-writing classic tales, fairytales , folklore, folktales, has become a staple in publishing and on the screen. One Thousand and One Nights, affectionately known as Arabian Nights in English editions is a collection of folktales. For me this is the first time I have had the pleasure of seeing a fresh “modern” take (as you would say these days) on it. I can’t say either that I was dissatisfied with it. You never know when you love a classic so much if a the “new” will disappoint. Just thought for me it didn’t…all you hardcore folktale, folklore, fairytales lovers, who just appreciate the classics to the point seeing it altered is blasphemous, maybe thank twice before reading. Others more adventurous and open…you know what you want to do.
There is a story for everybody and everyone to enjoy. This book is for young adults and up. The traditional tales is always a favorite of mine, the contemporary version is enlightening but maybe not for everyone. Its however how the reader may interpret the story. The way one does will determine how much they find it enjoyable. There is fantasy, murder and betrayal, a little of most everything thrown in. A little just for everyone.
It’s clear that Johnson is a scholar and has studied these tales. His passion for these stories, as well as the modern retellings, comes through clearly and it drew me in. Seven stories featuring everyday people dealing with astonishing circumstances.
If you loved reading about Sinbad the Sailor or Aladdin as a kid, you’ll love these retellings as an adult. A great way to escape for a few hours and a must read!
My Rating: 4 stars