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This is a list of the stories inRichard Francis Burton's translation of One Thousand and One Nights. Burton's first ten volumes—which he called The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night—were published in 1885. His Supplemental Nights were published between 1886 and 1888 as six volumes. Later pirate copies split the very large third volume into two volumes. The nights are in the style of stories within stories, and the frame story is The Story Of King Shahryar of Persia and His Brother or The Story Of King Shahryar and Queen Shahrazad, in which Shahrazad tells tales to her husband Shahryar.

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THE INTRODUCTION OF the Arabian Nights into European and, hence, into world culture almost three hundred years ago has had a tremendous effect on all areas of the creative arts. Free download or read online The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights, Volume 1 pdf (ePUB) book. The first edition of this novel was published in 800, and was written by Anonymous. The book was published in multiple languages including English language, consists of 982 pages and is available in Paperback format.

NOTE: The numbers in parentheses indicate that the night in question began (and the previous night ended) during the tale indicated (or one of its sub-tales). Numbers in double parentheses mean that the story is fully contained in the indicated night. An asterisk indicates the story begins with the night.

Volume 1[edit]

  • Story of King Shahryar and His Brother (1–1001)
    • Tale of the Bull and the Ass (Told by the Vizier) (0)
    • Tale of the Trader and the Jinn (2–3)
      • The First Shaykh's Story (2)
      • The Second Shaykh's Story ((2))
      • The Third Shaykh's Story ((2))
    • Tale of the Fisherman and the Jinni (4–9)
      • Tale of the Vizier and the Sage Duban (5)
        • Story of King Sindibad and His Falcon ((5))
        • Tale of the Husband and the Parrot ((5))
        • Tale of the Prince and the Ogress ((5))
      • Tale of the Ensorcelled Prince (8)
    • The Porter and the Three Ladies of Baghdad (10–19)
      • The First Kalandar's Tale (12)
      • The Second Kalandar's Tale (13–14)
        • Tale of the Envier and the Envied ((13))
      • The Third Kalandar's Tale (15–16)
      • The Eldest Lady's Tale (18)
      • Tale of the Portress ((18))
    • The Tale of the Three Apples (20–24)
      • Tale of Núr al-Dín Alí and his Son (21–24)
    • The Hunchback's Tale (25–34)
      • The Nazarene Broker's Story (26)
      • The Reeve's Tale (28)
      • Tale of the Jewish Doctor (29)
      • Tale of the Tailor (30–31)
      • The Barber's Tale of Himself (32–33)
        • The Barber's Tale of his First Brother ((31))
        • The Barber's Tale of his Second Brother (32)
        • The Barber's Tale of his Third Brother ((32))
        • The Barber's Tale of his Fourth Brother ((32))
        • The Barber's Tale of his Fifth Brother (33)
        • The Barber's Tale of his Sixth Brother ((33))

Volume 2[edit]

  • Nur al-Din Ali and the Damsel Anis Al-Jalis (35–38)
  • Tale of Ghanim bin Ayyub, The Distraught, The Thrall o' Love (39–45)
    • Tale of the First Eunuch, Bukhayt ((39))
    • Tale of the Second Eunuch, Kafur (40)
  • The Tale of King Omar bin al-Nu'uman and His Sons Sharrkan and Zau al-Makan, and What Befel Them of Things Seld-Seen and Peregrine (46–124)
    • Tale of Tàj al-Mulúk and the Princess Dunyà: The Lover and the Loved (108–124)
      • Tale of Azíz and Azízah (113–124)

Volume 3[edit]

  • The Tale of King Omar Bin al-Nu'uman and His Sons Sharrkan and Zau al-Makan (continued) (125–145)
    • Tale of Tàj al-Mulúk and the Princess Dunyà: The Lover and the Loved (continued) (125–137)
      • Continuation of the Tale of Aziz and Azizah (125–128)
    • Tale of the Hashish Eater (143)
    • Tale of Hammad the Badawi ((144))
  • The Birds and Beasts and the Carpenter (*146–147)
  • The Hermits (148)
  • The Water-Fowl and the Tortoise ((148))
  • The Wolf and the Fox (149–150)
    • Tale of the Falcon and the Partridge ((149))
  • The Mouse and the Ichneumon (151)
  • The Cat and the Crow ((150))
  • The Fox and the Crow ((150))
    • The Flea and the Mouse ((150))
    • The Saker and the Birds (152)
    • The Sparrow and the Eagle ((152))
  • The Hedgehog and the Wood Pigeons ((152))
    • The Merchant and the Two Sharpers ((152))
  • The Thief and His Monkey ((152))
    • The Foolish Weaver ((152))
  • The Sparrow and the Peacock ((152))
  • Tale of Ali bin Bakkar and Shams al-Nahar (*153–169)
  • Tale of Kamar al-Zaman (*170–237)

Volume 4[edit]

  • Tale of Kamar al-Zaman (continued)
    • Ni'amah bin al-Rabi'a and Naomi His Slave-Girl (238–246)
  • [Conclusion of the Tale of Kamar al-Zaman] (247–249)
  • Ala al-Din Abu al-Shamat (250–269)
  • Hatim of the Tribe of Tayy (270)
  • Tale of Ma'an the Son of Zaidah (271)
  • Ma'an the Son of Zaidah and the Badawi
  • The City of Labtayt (272)
  • The Caliph Hisham and the Arab Youth
  • Ibrahim bin al-Mahdi and the Barber-Surgeon (273–275)
  • The City of Many-Columned Iram and Abdullah Son of Abi Kilabah (276–279)
  • Isaac of Mosul (280–282)
  • The Sweep and the Noble Lady (283–285)
  • The Mock Caliph (286–294)
  • Ali the Persian (295–296)
  • Harun al-Rashid and the Slave-Girl and the Iman Abu Yusuf (297)
  • Tale of the Lover Who Feigned Himself a Thief (298–299)
  • Ja'afar the Barmecide and the Bean-Seller ((299))
  • Abu Mohammed hight Lazybones (300–305)
  • Generous Dealing of Yahya bin Khalid The Barmecide with Mansur (306)
  • Generous Dealing of Yahya Son of Khalid with a Man Who Forged a Letter in his Name (307)
  • Caliph Al-Maamum and the Strange Scholar (308)
  • Ali Shar and Zumurrud (309–327)
  • The Loves of Jubayr bin Umayr and the Lady Budur (328–334)
  • The Man of Al-Yaman and His Six Slave-Girls (335–338)
  • Harun al-Rashid and the Damsel and Abu Nowas (339–340)
  • The Man Who Stole the Dish of Gold Wherein The Dog Ate (341)
  • The Sharper of Alexandria and the Chief of Police (342)
  • Al-Malik al-Nasir and the Three Chiefs of Police (343-344)
    • The Story of the Chief of Police of Cairo ((343))
    • The Story of the Chief of the Bulak Police (344)
    • The Story of the Chief of the Old Cairo Police ((344))
  • The Thief and the Shroff (345)
  • The Chief of the Kus Police and the Sharper (346)
  • Ibrahim bin al-Mahdi and the Merchant's Sister (347)
  • The Woman whose Hands were Cut Off for Giving Alms to the Poor (348)
  • The Devout Israelite (349)
  • Abu Hassan al-Ziyadi and the Khorasan Man (350–351)
  • The Poor Man and His Friend in Need ((351))
  • The Ruined Man Who Became Rich Again Through a Dream (352)
  • Caliph al-Mutawakkil and his Concubine Mahbubah (353)
  • Wardan the Butcher; His Adventure With the Lady and the Bear (354–355)
  • The King's Daughter and the Ape (356–357)

Volume 5[edit]

  • The Ebony Horse (358–371)
  • Uns al-Wujud and the Vizier's Daughter al-Ward Fi'l-Akmam or Rose-In-Hood (372–381)
  • Abu Nowas With the Three Boys and the Caliph Harun al-Rashid (382–383)
  • Abdallah bin Ma'amar With the Man of Bassorah and His Slave Girl ((383))
  • The Lovers of the Banu Ozrah (384)
  • The Wazir of al-Yaman and His Younger Brother ((384))
  • The Loves of the Boy and Girl at School (385)
  • Al-Mutalammis and His Wife Umaymah ((385))
  • The Caliph Harun al-Rashid and Queen Zubaydah in the Bath (386)
  • Harun al-Rashid and the Three Poets ((386))
  • Mus'ab bin al-Zubayr and Ayishah Daughter of Talhah (387)
  • Abu al-Aswad and His Slave-Girl ((387))
  • Harun al-Rashid and the Two Slave-Girls ((387))
  • The Caliph Harun al-Rashid and the Three Slave-Girls ((387))
  • The Miller and His Wife (388)
  • The Simpleton and the Sharper ((388))
  • The Kazi Abu Yusuf With Harun al-Rashid and Queen Zubaydah (389)
  • The Caliph al-Hakim and the Merchant ((389))
  • King Kisra Anushirwan and the Village Damsel (390)
  • The Water-Carrier and the Goldsmith's Wife (391)
  • Khusrau and Shirin and the Fisherman ((391))
  • Yahya bin Khalid the Barmecide and the Poor Man (392)
  • Mohammed al-Amin and the Slave-Girl ((392))
  • The Sons of Yahya bin Khalid and Sa'id bin Salim al-Bahili (393)
  • The Woman's Trick Against Her Husband (394)
  • The Devout Woman and the Two Wicked Elders ((394))
  • Ja'afar the Barmecide and the Old Badawi (395)
  • The Caliph Omar bin al-Khattab and the Young Badawi (396–397)
  • The Caliph al-Maamun and the Pyramids of Egypt (398)
  • The Thief and the Merchant (399)
  • Masrur the Eunuch and Ibn al-Karibi (400–401)
  • The Devotee Prince (402)
  • The Unwise Schoolmaster Who Fell in Love by Report (403)
  • The Foolish Dominie ((403))
  • The Illiterate Who Set Up For a Schoolmaster (404)
  • The King and the Virtuous Wife ((404))
  • Abd al-Rahman the Maghribi's Story of the Rukh (405)
  • Adi bin Zayd and the Princess Hind (406–407)
  • Di'ibil al-Khuza'i With the Lady and Muslim bin al-Walid ((407))
  • Isaac of Mosul and the Merchant (408–409)
  • The Three Unfortunate Lovers (410)
  • How Abu Hasan Brake Wind (not found in other editions; authenticity disputed) ((410))
  • The Lovers of the Banu Tayy (411)
  • The Mad Lover (412)
  • The Prior Who Became a Moslem (413–414)
  • The Loves of Abu Isa and Kurrat al-Ayn (415–418)
  • Al-Amin Son of al-Rashid and His Uncle Ibrahim bin al-Mahdi (419)
  • Al-Fath bin Khakan and the Caliph Al-Mutawakkil ((419))
  • The Man's Dispute With the Learned Woman Concerning the Relative Excellence of Male and Female (420–423)
  • Abu Suwayd and the Pretty Old Woman (424)
  • The Emir ali bin Tahir and the Girl Muunis ((424))
  • The Woman Who had a Boy and the Other Who had a Man to Lover ((424))
  • Ali the Cairene and the Haunted House in Baghdad (425–434)
  • The Pilgrim Man and the Old Woman (435–436)
  • Abu al-Husn and His Slave-Girl Tawaddud (437–462)
  • The Angel of Death With the Proud King and the Devout Man
  • The Angel of Death and the Rich King (463)
  • The Angel of Death and the King of the Children of Israel (464)
  • Iskandar Zu al-Karnayn and a Certain Tribe of Poor Folk
  • The Righteousness of King Anushirwan (465)
  • The Jewish Kazi and His Pious Wife (466)
  • The Shipwrecked Woman and Her Child (467)
  • The Pious Black Slave (468)
  • The Devout Tray-Maker and His Wife (469–470)
  • Al-Hajjaj and the Pious Man (471)
  • The Blacksmith Who Could Handle Fire Without Hurt (472–473)
  • The Devotee To Whom Allah Gave a Cloud for Service and the Devout King (474)
  • The Moslem Champion and the Christian Damsel (475–477)
  • The Christian King's Daughter and the Moslem (478)
  • The Prophet and the Justice of Providence (479)
  • The Ferryman of the Nile and the Hermit
  • The Island King and the Pious Israelite (480–481)
  • Abu al-Hasan and Abu Ja'afar the Leper (482)
  • The Queen of Serpents (483–486)
    • The Adventures of Bulukiya (487–499)
    • The Story of Janshah (500–530)
    • [The Adventures of Bulukiya] resumed (531–533)
  • [The Queen of Serpents] resumed (534–536)

Volume 6[edit]

  • Sindbad the Seaman and Sindbad the Landsman (537–538)
    • The First Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman (539–542)
    • The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman (543–546)
    • The Third Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman (547–550)
    • The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman (551–556)
    • The Fifth Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman (557–559)
    • The Sixth Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman (560–563)
    • The Seventh Voyage of Sindbad the Seaman (564–566)
    • [Burton adds an alternative seventh voyage before concluding the Sindbad head story]
  • The City of Brass (567–578)
  • The Craft and Malice of Woman, or the Tale of the King, His Son, His Concubine and the Seven Viziers
    • The King and His Vizier's Wife (579)
    • The Confectioner, His Wife and the Parrot
    • The Fuller and His Son (580)
    • The Rake's Trick Against the Chaste Wife
    • The Miser and the Loaves of Bread (581)
    • The Lady and Her Two Lovers
    • The King's Son and the Ogress (582)
    • The Drop of Honey
    • The Woman Who Made Her Husband Sift Dust
    • The Enchanted Spring (583–584)
    • The Vizier's Son and the Hammam-Keeper's Wife
    • The Wife's Device to Cheat her Husband (585–586)
    • The Goldsmith and the Cashmere Singing-Girl (587)
    • The Man who Never Laughed During the Rest of His Days (588–591)
    • The King's Son and the Merchant's Wife (592)
    • The Page Who Feigned to Know the Speech of Birds (593)
    • The Lady and Her Five Suitors (594–596)
    • The Three Wishes, or the Man Who Longed to see the Night of Power
    • The Stolen Necklace (597)
    • The Two Pigeons
    • Prince Behram and the Princess Al-Datma (598)
    • The House With the Belvedere (599–602)
    • The King's Son and the Ifrit's Mistress (603)
    • The Sandal-Wood Merchant and the Sharpers (604–605)
    • The Debauchee and the Three-Year-Old Child
    • The Stolen Purse (606)
    • The Fox and the Folk
  • Judar and His Brethren (607–624)
  • The History of Gharib and His Brother Ajib (625–636)

Volume 7[edit]

  • The History of Gharib and His Brother Ajib (continued) (637–680)
  • Otbah and Rayya (681)
  • Hind Daughter of Al-Nu'man, and Al-Hajjaj (682–683)
  • Khuzaymah Bin Bishr and Ikrimah Al-Fayyaz (684)
  • Yunus the Scribe and the Caliph Walid Bin Sahl (685)
  • Harun al-Rashid and the Arab Girl (686)
  • Al-Asma'i and the Three Girls of Bassorah (687)
  • Ibrahim of Mosul and the Devil (688)
  • The Lovers of the Banu Uzrah (689–691)
  • The Badawi and His Wife (692–693)
  • The Lovers of Bassorah (694–695)
  • Ishak of Mosul and His Mistress and the Devil (696)
  • The Lovers of Al-Medinah (697)
  • Al-Malik Al-Nasir and His Wazir (698)
  • The Rogueries of Dalilah the Crafty and Her Daughter Zaynab the Coney-Catcher (699–708)
    • The Adventures of Mercury Ali of Cairo (709–719)
  • Ardashir and Hayat al-Nufus (720–738)
  • Julnar the Sea-Born and Her Son King Badr Basim of Persia (739–756)
  • King Mohammed Bin Sabaik and the Merchant Hasan (757–758)
    • Story of Prince Sayf al-Muluk and the Princess Badi'a al-Jamal (759–776)

Volume 8[edit]

  • King Mohammed Bin Sabaik and the Merchant Hasan (continued)
    • Story of Prince Sayf al-Muluk and the Princess Badi'a al-Jamal (continued) (777–778)
  • Hassan of Bassorah (779–831)
  • Khalifah The Fisherman Of Baghdad (832–845)
  • [Alternate version of the same story from the Breslau edition]
  • Masrur and Zayn al-Mawasif (846–863)
  • Ali Nur al-Din and Miriam the Girdle-Girl (864–888)

Volume 9[edit]

  • Ali Nur al-Din and Miriam the Girdle-Girl (continued) (889–894)
  • The Man of Upper Egypt and His Frankish Wife (895–896)
  • The Ruined Man of Baghdad and his Slave-Girl (897–899)
  • King Jali'ad of Hind and His Wazir Shimas (900)
  • The History of King Wird Khan, son of King Jali'ad with His Women and Viziers
    • The Mouse and the Cat (901–902)
    • The Fakir and His Jar of Butter (903)
    • The Fishes and the Crab
    • The Crow and the Serpent (904)
    • The Wild Ass and the Jackal (905)
    • The Unjust King and the Pilgrim Prince (906)
    • The Crows and the Hawk (907)
    • The Serpent-Charmer and His Wife (908)
    • The Spider and the Wind (909)
    • The Two Kings (910)
    • The Blind Man and the Cripple (911–918)
    • The Foolish Fisherman
    • The Boy and the Thieves (919)
    • The Man and his Wife (920)
    • The Merchant and the Robbers (921)
    • The Jackals and the Wolf
    • The Shepherd and the Rogue (922–924)
    • The Francolin and the Tortoises
  • [The History of King Wird Khan, son of King Jali'ad with His Women and Viziers] resumed (925–930)
  • Abu Kir the Dyer and Abu Sir the Barber (931–940)
  • Abdullah the Fisherman and Abdullah the Merman (941–946)
  • Harun Al-Rashid and Abu Hasan, The Merchant of Oman (947–952)
  • Ibrahim and Jamilah (953–959)
  • Abu Al-Hasan of Khorasan (960–963)
  • Kamar Al-Zaman and the Jeweller's Wife (964–978)
  • Abdullah bin Fazil and His Brothers (979–989)

Volume 10[edit]

  • Ma'aruf the Cobbler and His Wife Fatimah (990–1001)
  • Conclusion of Shahrazad and Shahryar

Also included in this volume

  • Terminal Essay
  • Preliminary
  • I. The Origin of The Nights
    • A. The Birthplace
    • B. The Date
    • C. [Authors]
  • II. The Nights in Europe
  • III. The Matter and the Manner of The Nights
    • A. The Matter
    • B. The Manner of The Nights
  • IV. Social Condition
    • A. Al-Islam
    • B. Woman
    • C. Pornography
    • D. Pederasty
  • V. On the Prose-Rhyme and the Poetry of The Nights
    • A. The Saj'a
    • B. The Verse
  • L'Envoi
  • Index (for both the remaining tales in this volume and the terminal essay)
  • Appendices
  • Memorandum
  • Appendix I
    • Index I: Index to the Tales and Proper Names
    • Index II: Alphabetical Table of the Notes (Anthropological, &c.)
    • Index IIIA: Alphabetical Table of First Lines (Metrical Portion) in English
    • Index IIIB: Alphabetical Table of First Lines (Metrical Portion) in Arabic
    • Index IVA: Table of Contents of the Unfinished Calcutta Edition
    • Index IVB: Table of Contents of the Breslau (Tunis) Edition
    • Index IVC: Table of Contents of the MacNaghten or Turner-Macan Text and Bulak Edition
    • Index IVD: Comparison of the Tables of Contents of the Lane and Burton versions
  • Appendix II: Contributions to the Bibliography (by W. F. Kirby)
    • Galland's MS and Translation
    • Cazotte's Continuation, and the Composite Editions
    • The Commencement of the Story of Saif Zul Yezn According to Habicht
    • Scott's MSS and Translations
    • Weil's Translation
    • Von Hammer's MS and the Translations Derived from it
    • Collections of Selected Tales
    • Separate Editions of Single or Composite Tales
    • Translations of Cognate Oriental Romances
    • Dr. Clarke's MS.
    • Imitations and Miscellaneous Works
    • Conclusion
    • Comparative Table of the Tales in the Principal Editions

Supplemental Nights, Volume 1[edit]

The material in the first two of the six supplemental volumes are the Arabic tales originally included in the John Payne translation. They are mostly taken from the Breslau edition and the Calcutta fragment.

  • The Sleeper and the Waker
    • Story of the Larrikin and the Cook
  • The Caliph Omar Bin Abd al-Aziz and the Poets
  • Al-Hajjaj and the Three Young Men
  • Harun al-Rashid and the Woman of the Barmecides
  • The Ten Wazirs; or the History of King Azadbakht and His Son
    This is a series of stories from the Breslau edition (435–487) in which a youth saves his life by telling stories over eleven days.
    • Of the Uselessness of Endeavour Against Persistent Ill Fortune
    • Story of the Merchant Who Lost His Luck
    • Of Looking To the Ends of Affairs
    • Tale of the Merchant and His Sons
    • Of the Advantages of Patience
    • Story of Abu Sabir
    • Of the Ill Effects of Impatience
    • Story of Prince Bihzad
    • Of the Issues of Good and Evil Actions
    • Story of King Dadbin and His Wazirs
    • Of Trust in Allah
    • Story of King Bakhtzaman
    • Of Clemency
    • Story of King Bihkard
    • Of Envy and Malice
    • Story of Aylan Shah and Abu Tammam
    • Of Destiny or That Which Is Written On the Forehead
    • Story of King Ibrahim and His Son
    • Of the Appointed Term, Which, if it be Advanced, May Not Be Deferred, and if it be Deferred, May Not Be Advanced
    • Story of King Sulayman Shah and His Niece
    • Of the Speedy Relief of Allah
    • Story of the Prisoner and How Allah Gave Him Relief
  • Ja'afar Bin Yahya and Abd al-Malik bin Salih the Abbaside
  • Al-Rashid and the Barmecides
    Breslau (567)
  • Ibn al-Sammak and al-Rashid
  • Al-Maamum and Zubaydah
  • Al-Nu'uman and the Arab of the Banu Tay
    Breslau (660–661)
  • Firuz and His Wife
    Breslau (675–676)
  • King Shah Bakht and his Wazir Al-Rahwan
    Breslau (875–930); a wazir accused of plotting to kill the king saves himself by telling tales each night for a month (28 days).
    • Tale of the Man of Khorasan, His Son and His Tutor
    • Tale of the Singer and the Druggist
    • Tale of the King Who Kenned the Quintessence of Things
    • Tale of the Richard Who Married His Beautiful Daughter to the Poor Old Man
    • Tale of the Sage and His Three Sons
    • Tale of the Prince who Fell in Love With the Picture
    • Tale of the Fuller and His Wife and the Trooper
    • Tale of the Merchant, The Crone, and the King
    • Tale of the Simpleton Husband
    • Tale of the Unjust King and the Tither
    • Story of David and Solomon
    • Tale of the Robber and the Woman
    • Tale of the Three Men and Our Lord Isa
    • The Disciple's Story
    • Tale of the Dethroned Ruler Whose Reign and Wealth Were Restored to Him
    • Talk of the Man Whose Caution Slew Him
    • Tale of the Man Who Was Lavish of His House and His Provision to One Whom He Knew Not
    • Tale of the Melancholist and the Sharper
    • Tale of Khalbas and his Wife and the Learned Man
    • Tale of the Devotee Accused of Lewdness
    • Tale of the Hireling and the Girl
    • Tale of the Weaver Who Became a Leach by Order of His Wife
    • Tale of the Two Sharpers Who Each Cozened His Compeer
    • Tale of the Sharpers With the Shroff and the Ass
    • Tale of the Chear and the Merchants
    • Story of the Falcon and the Locust
    • Tale of the King and His Chamberlain's Wife
    • Story of the Crone and the Draper's Wife
    • Tale of the Ugly Man and His Beautiful Wife
    • Tale of the King Who Lost Kingdom and Wife and Wealth and Allah Restored Them to Him
    • Tale of Salim the Youth of Khorasan and Salma, His Sister
    • Tale of the King of Hind and His Wazir
  • Shahrazad and Shahryar, [an extract from the Breslau edition].

Supplemental Nights, Volume 2[edit]

  • Al-Malik al-Zahir Rukn al-Din Bibars al-Bundukdari and the Sixteen Captains of Police
    Breslau (930–940)
    • First Constable's History
    • Second Constable's History
    • Third Constable's History
    • Fourth Constable's History
    • Fifth Constable's History
    • Sixth Constable's History
    • Seventh Constable's History
    • Eighth Constable's History
    • The Thief's Tale
    • Ninth Constable's History
    • Tenth Constable's History
    • Eleventh Constable's History
    • Twelfth Constable's History
    • Thirteenth Constable's History
    • Fourteenth Constable's History
    • A Merry Jest of a Clever Thief
    • Tale of the Old Sharper
    • Fifteenth Constable's History
    • Sixteenth Constable's History
  • Tale of Harun al-Rashid and Abdullah bin Nafi'
    Breslau (941–957)
    • Tale of the Damsel Torfat al-Kulub and the Caliph Harun al-Rashid
      To this tale Burton added an extensive footnote about circumcision.
  • Women's Wiles
    Calcutta edition (196–200)
  • Nur al-Din Ali of Damascus and the Damsel Sitt al-Milah
    Breslau (958–965)
  • Tale of King Ins bin Kays and His Daughter with the Son of King Al-'Abbas
    Breslau (966–979)
  • Alternate ending from the Breslau edition of tale of Shahrazad and Shahryar, with the remaining tales being told after night 1001
  • Tale of the Two kings and the Wazir's Daughters
  • The Concubine and the Caliph
  • The Concubine of Al-Maamun

In the remainder of this volume W. A. Clouston presents 'variants and analogues' of the supplemental nights.

  • The Sleeper and the Waker
  • The Ten Wazirs; or the History of King Azadbakht and His Son
  • King Dadbin and His Wazirs
  • King Aylan Shah and Abu Tamman
  • King Sulayman Shah and His Niece
  • Firuz and His Wife
  • King Shah Bakht and His Wazir Al-Rahwan
  • On the Art of Enlarging Pearls
  • The Singer and the Druggist
    • Persian version
    • Ser Giovanni's version
    • Straparola's version
  • The King Who Kenned the Quintessence of Things
    • Indian version
    • Siberian version
    • Hungarian version
    • Turkish analogue
  • The Prince Who Fell In Love With the Picture
  • The Fuller, His Wife, and the Trooper
  • The Simpleton Husband
  • The Three Men and our Lord Isa
  • The Melancholist and the Sharper
  • The Devout Woman accused of Lewdness
  • The Weaver Who Became A Leach By Order of His Wife
  • The King Who Lost Kingdom, Wife, and Wealth
    • Kashmiri version
    • Panjàbí version
    • Tibetan version
    • Legend of St. Eustache
    • Old English 'Gesta' version
    • Romance of Sir Isumbras
  • Al-Malik al-Zahir and the Sixteen Captains of Police
  • The Thief's Tale
  • The Ninth Constable's Story
  • The Fifteenth Constable's Story
  • The Damsel Tuhfat al-Kulub
  • Women's Wiles
  • Nur al-Din and the Damsel Sitt al-Milah
  • King Ins Bin Kays and his Daughter
  • Additional Notes
    • Firuz and His Wife
    • The Singer and the Druggist
    • The Fuller, His Wife, and the Trooper

Supplemental Nights, Volume 3[edit]

This volume is based primarily on tales found in a Bibliothèque nationale manuscript (Supplement Arab. No.2523) which was used by Antoine Galland. The nights indicated overlap with those given in Burton's main series. The Table of Contents in this covers this and the following volume.

  • Foreword
  • The Tale of Zayn al-Asnam (497–513)
    • Turkish version
  • Alāʼ ad-Dīn and The Wonderful Lamp (514–591)
    • English translation of Galland
  • Khudadad and His Brothers (592–595)
    • History of the Princess of Daryabar (596–599)
  • [Khudadad and His Brothers] resumed (600–604)
  • The Caliph's Night Adventure (605–606)
    • The Story of the Blind Man, Baba Abdullah (607–611)
    • History of Sidi Nu'uman (612–615)
    • History of Khwajah Hasan al-Habbal (616–625)
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (626–638)
  • Ali Khwajah and the Merchant of Baghdad (639–643)
  • Prince Ahmad and the Fairy Peri-Banu (644–667)
  • The Two Sisters Who Envied Their Cadette (668–688)

Appendix

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  • Variants and Analogues of the Tales in the Supplemental Nights, by W. A. Clouston
  • The Tale of Zayn al-Asnam
  • Aladdin; or, The Wonderful Lamp
  • Khudadad and his Brothers
  • The Story of the Blind Man, Baba Abdullah
  • History of Sidi Nu'uman
  • History of Khwajah Hasan al-Habbal
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • Ali Khwajah and the Merchant of Baghdad
  • Prince Ahmad and the Peri-Banu
  • The Two Sisters Who Envied Their Cadette
    • Modern Arabic version
    • Kaba'il version
    • Modern Greek version
    • Albanian version
    • Italian version
    • Breton version
    • German version
    • Icelandic version
    • Bengalí version
    • Buddhist version
  • Additional notes
  • The Tale of Zayn al-Asnam
  • Aladdin; or, The Wonderful Lamp
  • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
  • The Tale of Prince Ahmad

Supplemental Nights, Volume 4[edit]

The stories in this volume are based on the Wortley Montague Codex in the Bodleian Library, originally used for the Jonathan Scott translation. No explanation has been found regarding the nights that do not appear.

  • Translator's Foreword
  • Story of the Sultan of Al-Yaman and His Three Sons (330–334)
  • Story of the Three Sharpers (335–342)
    • The Sultan Who Fared Forth in the Habit of a Darwaysh (343)
    • History of Mohammed, Sultan of Cairo (344–348)
    • Story of the First Lunatic (349–354)
    • Story of the Second Lunatic (355–357)
    • Story of the Sage and the Scholar (358–361)
    • The Night-Adventure of Sultan Mohammed of Cairo with the Three Foolish Schoolmasters (362)
    • Story of the Broke-Back Schoolmaster (363)
    • Story of the Split-Mouthed Schoolmaster (364)
    • Story of the Limping Schoolmaster (365)
    • [The Night-Adventure of Sultan Mohammed of Cairo] resumed (366)
    • Story of the Three Sisters and Their Mother the Sultanah (367–385)
  • History of the Kazi Who Bare a Babe (387–392)
  • Tale of the Kazi and the Bhang-Eater (393–397)
    • History of the Bhang-Eater and His Wife (398–400)
    • How Drummer Abu Kasim Became a Kazi (401)
    • Story of the Kazi and His Slipper (402–403)
  • [Tale of the Kazi and the Bhang-Eater] resumed (404–412)
    • Tale of Mahmud the Persian and the Kurd Sharper (417)
    • Tale of the Sultan and His Sons and the Enchanting Bird (418–425)
    • Story of the King of Al-Yaman and His Three Sons and the Enchanting Bird (427, 429, 430, 432, 433, 435, 437, 438) (sic!)
    • History of the First Larrikin (441–443)
    • History of the Second Larrikin (445)
    • History of the Third Larrikin (447)
    • Story of a Sultan of Al-Hind and His Son Mohammed (449, 452, 455, 457, 459)
    • Tale of the Fisherman and His Son (461, 463, 465, 467, 469)
    • Tale of the Third Larrikin Concerning Himself (471)
  • History of Abu Niyyah and Abu Niyyatayn (473, 475, 477, 479, 480)
  • Appendices
  • A: Ineptiæ Bodleianæ
  • B: The Three Untranslated Tales in Mr. E. J. W. Gibb's 'Forty Vezirs'
    • The Thirty-eighth Vezir's Story
    • The Fortieth Vezir's story
    • The Lady's Thirty-fourth Story

Supplemental Nights, Volume 5[edit]

This volume continues material from the Wortley Montague Codex

  • Translator's Foreword
  • The History of the King's Son of Sind and the Lady Fatimah (495, 497, 499)
  • History of the Lovers of Syria (503, 505, 507, 509)
  • History of Al-Hajjaj Bin Yusuf and the Young Sayyid (512, 514, 516, 518)
  • Night Adventure of Harun al-Rashid and the Youth Manjab
    • The Loves of the Lovers of Bassorah (in volume 7 of The Nights)
  • [Night Adventure of Harun al-Rashid and the Youth Manjab] resumed (634, 636, 638, 640, 642, 643, 645, 646, 648, 649, 651)
    • Story of the Darwaysh and the Barber's Boy and the Greedy Sultan (653, 655)
    • Tale of the Simpleton Husband (656)
    • Note Concerning the 'Tirrea Bede' (655)
    • The Loves of Al-Hayfa and Yusuf (663, 665, 667, 670, 672, 674, 676, 678, 680, 682, 684, 686, 687, 689, 691, 693, 694, 696, 698, 700, 702, 703, 705, 707, 709)
  • The Three Princes of China (711, 712, 714, 716)
  • The Righteous Wazir Wrongfully Gaoled (729, 731, 733)
  • The Cairene Youth, the Barber and the Captain (735, 737)
  • The Goodwife of Cairo and Her Four Gallants (739, 741)
    • The Tailor and the Lady and the Captain (743, 745)
    • The Syrian and the Three Women of Cairo (747)
    • The Lady With Two Coyntes (751)
    • The Whorish Wife Who Vaunted Her Virtue (754, 755)
  • Cœlebs the Droll and His Wife and Her Four Lovers (758, 760)
  • The Gatekeeper of Cairo and the Cunning She-Thief (761, 763, 765)
  • Tale of Mohsin and Musa (767, 769, 771)
  • Mohammed the Shalabi and His Mistress and His Wife (774, 776, 777)
  • The Fellah and His Wicked Wife (778–779)
  • The Woman Who Humoured Her Lover At Her Husband's Expense (781)
  • The Kazi Schooled By His Wife (783, 785)
  • The Merchant's Daughter and the Prince of Al-Irak (787, 790, 793, 795, 797, 799, 801, 803, 805, 807, 808, 810, 812, 814, 817, 819, 821, 823)
  • Story of the Youth Who Would Futter His Father's Wives (832–836)
  • Story of the Two Lack-Tacts of Cairo and Damascus (837–840)
  • Tale of Himself Told By the King (912–917)
  • Appendix I - Catalogue of Wortley Montague Manuscript Contents
  • Appendix II
  • Notes on the Stories Contained in Vol IV of 'Supplemental Nights', by W. F. Kirby
  • Notes on the Stories Contained in Vol V of 'Supplemental Nights', by W. F. Kirby

Supplemental Nights, Volume 6[edit]

Stories from a manuscript in the possession of the Syrian scholar Dom Chavis.

  • The Say of Haykar the Sage
  • The History of Al-Bundukani or, the Caliph Harun Al-Rashid and the Daughter of King Kisra
  • The Linguist-Dame, The Duenna and the King's Son
  • The Tale of the Warlock and the Young Cook of Baghdad
  • The Pleasant History of the Cock and the Fox
  • History of What Befel the Fowl-let with the Fowler
  • The Tale of Attaf
  • History of Prince Habib and What Befel Him With the Lady Durrat Al-Ghawwas
    • The History of Durrat Al-Ghawwas

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The tales of told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the vengeful King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature, as recounted by Sir Francis Burton. From the epic adventures of 'Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp' to the farcical 'Young Woman and her Five Lovers' and the social criticism of 'The Tale..more
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TobiasIf you're feeling adventurous and don't mind archaic English, have a go at Burton. It's hilarious and quite charming in its own way, but not at all…moreIf you're feeling adventurous and don't mind archaic English, have a go at Burton. It's hilarious and quite charming in its own way, but not at all representative of the Arabic since he emphasizes racism, sexism, and a bunch of other things in his own verbose way.
Haddawy's translation is a more scholarly one. In fact, it is translated into English from the Syrian 'Mahdi'-manuscript, which is the oldest surviving (substantial) material, and it is probably the closest thing we'll ever get to a somewhat stable 'original' of the 1001 Nights. However, this version only includes about 30-something tales.
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May 12, 2013Manny rated it it was amazing
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Ah, if only I could write like the late Sir Richard Burton! Normally I dislike translations, but to refuse to read The Arabian Nights on those grounds would be like refusing to read the Bible. I love parodying people's styles, and I have tried my utmost to parody Burton convincingly, but I can't do it. He's too clever. He has taken this unique book, a miraculous survival from the most ancient antiquity, and he has created a unique language to make it accessible to us: the backbone is a kind of S..more
May 04, 2015Best Eggs rated it it was amazing
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When I was a little girl my grandmother gave me a big, blue, cloth bound edition of this book. It had the most exquisite coloured plates protected by tissue paper interleaved with the printed sheets. It was the perfect storybook for a bookish, fanciful child living in an abusive home. I spent a year reading this book. Every night I would read it and disappear from all the fear and unpleasantness around me into this realm of people in exotic clothes who could do magic. I cherished the book. I too..more
Jul 26, 2010Aaron rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
The more I read user reviews of The Arabian Nights, the more convinced I am that people are just posting negative things to be contrary. How can you not love this collection of stories?
Common complaints:
1)It's racist -- Yes, the work itself, by today's standards, could probably be considered racist. This work was originally written many thousands of years ago. Keep that in mind and get off your high horse.
2) It's misogynistic-- I disagree. That which would be considered misogynistic falls into
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Aug 17, 2013Ahmad Sharabiani rated it it was amazing
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996. The Thousand and One Nights, Anonymous
The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Greek, Indian, Jewish, Persian and Turkish folklore and literature. In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Abbasid era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian w
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Apr 28, 2008Ahmad Sharabiani rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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996. The Thousand And One Nights, Anonymous
The tales of told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1981 میلادی و سپس بارها نسخه های متفات را نیز خوانده ام
عنوان: هزارویک شب - ترجمه از عربی: عبداللطیف تسوجی تبریزی، نشر هرمس، ادبیات ایران کهن
ترجمه اشعار: میرزا محمدعلی سروش اصفهانی
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Jan 10, 2008JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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For those 2 people who don't know, The Arabian Nights is sort of a collection of short stories told in the Arabian world, as I'm told it should be called, (which seems to include India and parts of China) waaaaaay back in the day. The framework of the story is about a sultan who caught his wife cheating on him. After he has her killed, he decides to take out his revenge on the entire sex, so he marries a different wife every day and has her killed the next morning. Scheherazade is the Grand Vizi..more
Oct 11, 2008Ahmad Sharabiani rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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996. The Thousand And One Nights, Anonymous
The tales of told by Shahrazad over a thousand and one nights to delay her execution by the King Shahriyar have become among the most popular in both Eastern and Western literature.
The work was collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa. The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Greek, Indian, Jewish, Persian and Turkish folklore and
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Jan 17, 2012Jan-Maat added it · review of another edition
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As a child I had a small selection of tales from the Arabian nights in a hardback volume with a few gorgeous full colour plates. From this a couple of stories stayed with me, a Sultan travelling in disguise meets a man who having learnt of the Sultan's weakness for baby cucumbers was intent on trying to fool him out of a fortune in exchange for them, the man although greedy is also garrulous, tells the Sultan in disguise his wicked plans enabling the Sultan to turn the tables on him and trick hi..more
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A review is pointless for this book. It’s a classic and everyone should read it. Those who are complaining about how women are treated in the stories should read it more carefully and should pay attention also when it was first written.
Reading this edition, two things amazed me: how well I remember all the stories, taking into consideration that last time I read them was more than 20 years ago and second, how accurate the Romanian translation I read is compared to this one.
As for this edition,
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A library of books is the fairest garden in the world, and to walk there is an ecstasy.
Within the span of the ninth to the thirteen centuries my library consists of these: Beowulf, The Pillow Book, The Tale of Genji, As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams, The Sagas of Icelanders, Njal's Saga, and this. What a show of power, then, that a monumental collection the likes of which the Anglo world has never even attempted to replicate is popularly framed as a collection of children's tales, sexy times, a
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Sep 24, 2013Manny rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
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As I say in my review, I wanted to write a parody of this wonderful book but was forced to admit defeat. Burton is too damn clever for a good parody to be possible. During my preliminary negotiations, I had however received a remarkable offer from Alfonso. A Burton parody without political incorrectness is unthinkable, and Alfonso bravely put himself forward to play the role of an evil blackamoor of hideous appearance.
It seems wrong that Alfonso's selfless devotion to literature should go unrew
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Apr 11, 2013Sidharth Vardhan rated it it was amazing
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A Story to Save a Live
The beauty of the stories and the poetry of the thought that most destructive demons can be tamed back with a few stories was fascinating to me even when I first saw the serialized version on tv. What I didn’t realized was that the stories Scheherazade, that great goddess of story tellers and inventor of cliff-hangings, told the king weren’t as random but had an order in themselves.
This book has made Scherzade my favorite superhero – superhero was the word we use for one
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[As I have not read the Nights yet, this is not a commentary on them, but rather a comparison of the many translations available. This used to be a comment on my not-yet-review of the first volume of the Lyons translation of the Nights, but I thought it would be more helpful if it was a review. I've expanded on some of my earlier comments and tried to be more critical than 'I like this one' or 'this one seems odd', which was all I had time to write at the time I posted the comment. This is restr..more
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Oh, the wonders of literature! While reading this book I could not help but sing the songs or hum the tunes associated with the tales:
♪♫♪ A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming ♪♫♪
I grew up with mostly Filipino komiks around me. Only my father loved reading books and we had very few (compared to what I have now) classics and contemporary books at home. My parents did not read to me when I was young. Those are the reasons why
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Aug 26, 2009Madeline rated it liked it
I am planning to read through this whole book someday, I swear. But it's going to be a slow process. Here, in list form, are the reasons I may or may not finish The Arabian Nights.
Reasons I May Finish This Ridiculously Long Book:
-Scheherazade (or whichever of the twenty ways to spell her name you prefer) is kind of a badass genius. Since her father is the king's vizier, she gets exempted from said batshit crazy king's plan to marry and then kill every single available virgin in the city. But she
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Oct 10, 2007Destiny Dawn Long rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
This edition is a translation of the first 271 nights from the '1001 Nights' cycle.
One of my favorite aspects of this work is the role of Shahrazad. While many people discuss that she is telling the stories to save her own life, what people fail to recognize many times is that, really, she volunteers to be placed in the position in order to save her kingdom. She's a great literary heroine--saving the world through storytelling.
It also provides a great lens into a world that today is depicted i
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When I first read One Thousand and One Nights I was literally put under the book’s spell – charmed, enchanted and bewitched. It isn’t just magic of fairytales. It is first of all magic of the oriental world. And of course I was at once mesmerized with the incredible frame tale of Shahryar and Scheherazade.
Nowhere is so much magic as in Arabian Nights: magical word opening the cave door: “‘Open, Sesame!’ And forthwith appeared a wide doorway in the face of the rock. The robbers went in, and last
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Nov 27, 2009Erik rated it it was ok
I really need a 2.5 stars option, though I would end up using it on three-fourths of everything. As a generic, I can neither recommend nor disavow this book.
Okay so the beloved Arabian Nights, tales from a thousand and one nights. I should start with what this is NOT. This is not a linear story about a princess telling stories to a king. This is not a children's read involving genies, magic, and cyclopi (I refuse to spell this any other way, no matter the red line beneath it). This IS a collecti
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May 22, 2014Alex rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
What you thought was the Arabian Nights was more likely Richard Burton's bastardized, inflated 19th-century adaptation, which was as much about Richard Burton (and his weird ideas about sex) as it was about Arabia.
Which is sortof neither here nor there; there is no canonical version of Arabian Nights anyway. It's just an umbrella term for, basically, all of the Middle East's favorite stories. And if the version that heavily influenced guys like Borges was Burton's, isn't Burton's version the on
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Mar 01, 2019Ashley Daviau rated it liked it · review of another edition
I’m really right in the middle with this collection. Some stories absolutely enthralled me and I loved them! But on the other hand, some quite nearly bored me to death. It was really an even mix of both, I can’t even say there were more good stories than bad ones. I was quite disappointed by this read to be honest, I was expecting much more from it!
Sep 10, 2016Michael Finocchiaro rated it really liked it · review of another edition
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Arabian Nights is one of the great literary works of all time but precautions need to be made if you want to read it to your kids. First off, there is a LOT of violence in the stories and a TON of sex. Don't be an idiot like me and start reading an unabridged copy to your kids or you will have to be explaining very early on why so and so killed his wife and imprisoned another..
That being said, there are few works with as much imagination and wonder in them and taken in lighter doses, it is a be
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Jun 21, 2011Shovelmonkey1 rated it really liked it

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Having just re-read this book i'm reminded how the flowery wording and a hint of 'eastern promise' manages to white wash over the actual issues of the story. Sheharezade is actually technically being kept hostage with a death penalty hanging over her head, forced to spin yarns to save not only her skin but that of all the other virgins in the vicinty. Her tales touch on marital rape, mass murder, theft, deception, fratricide, regicide, racism and necromancy. And you all thought American Psycho w..more
Apr 27, 2019Aya rated it really liked it · review of another edition
King 1: I miss my brother king 2
King 2: damn my wife is sleeping with a black slave I KILL HER AND HIM. oh and I will go see my brother.
King 1: let’s go hunting brotha
King2: no I’m soo gloomy. Oh and btw your wife and every single one of your concubines are sleeping with black slaves too. I saw them.
King 1: I KILL THEM ALL.
King 2: damn bro this whole thing sucks I don’t feel like being king any more.
King1: me neither hey let’s leave everything and go see if other men’s wives suck too
*they go o
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Aug 27, 2018Shirley Revill rated it really liked it
I have read this book a few times over the years and I believe I was about thirteen the first time I read this book. A wonderful classic tale. Pure nostalgia.
Dec 26, 2018Marc rated it liked it · review of another edition
'Fate is volatile, as you can see, sometimes there is joy, then sadness'
I really enjoyed reading this classic. For the sake of clarity: I have been selective, of course, because digesting all 3100 pages in such a short time (one month) would have been too much, but I think I have certainly gone through half of the stories.
What is particularly striking is the enormous diversity of this collection. To begin with, geographically: of course, the stories are largely situated in the Arab world, but
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Apr 10, 2012Megan rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a very sad book, in the sense that it makes you think, 'What the hell happened to Baghdad?'. Here, Baghdad is pretty much the most magical city in the world, and most of the Arabian Nights takes place in or around it. The world of the Arabian Nights is amazingly liberal compared to Europe of the same period (which is roughly the 13th century), especially when it comes to women. From the storytelling heroine Scheherazade on down, most of the women of the Arabian Nights are well-educated a..more
Although I simply have problem with the title, since it should be One thousand and one night, the translation of Burton is worthy to read and also should be praised to introduce such a masterpiece to Western literature. Not only do these stories depict cultural and social codes of Middle East and centra Asia, but also they convey how morality and wisdom were respected in these societies. As we are living in an era that most people are biased about their originality and are focused on the small w..more
Aug 30, 2008Terry rated it really liked it · review of another edition
“Shahrazad turned to King Shahrayar and said, ‘May I have your permission to tell a story?’ He replied, ‘Yes,’ and Shahrazad was very happy and said, “Listen”:
Of all of the world’s story collections, surely The Arabian Nights has the best framing device—the best fictional pretext by which to justify the telling of the other stories. I mean the story of Shahrazad (as this text transliterates her name), the daughter of the vizier to King Shahrayar. Bitter over his first wife’s betrayal, Shahrayar
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Dec 27, 2009Ana Mardoll rated it it was ok · review of another edition
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I'm a bit of an 'Thousand Nights' enthusiast -- I enjoy the stories immensely and I have four separate translations in my personal library. Several friends have asked me to discuss the differences between the editions, so I thought I'd present a four-way comparison and then talk about which version is best for which audience.
For the purposes of the four-way comparison, I will draw text from the opening tale of the two kingly brothers in order to highlight how e
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Jan 24, 2019Ali rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
I really enjoyed this the second time around, and maybe even more so as I've matured. I have my favourite ones, but not enough to begin listing them as they all kept my interest much like they withheld the King's.
They were short and full of adventure. I felt like I was able to inject myself in them as if I were one of the characters, or at least watching at a close distance as the stories unfolded.
My plan was to read one per night before bed, but again, I enjoyed the stories so much I wanted t
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