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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 The seuence of stories will last 1001 nightsEvery 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 The seuence of stories will last 1001 nightsEvery 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 The seuence of stories will last 1001 nights


8 thoughts on “The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights: Volume 2 (Penguin Classics)

  1. says:

    Only on volume one at moment


  2. says:

    Great book wonderful stories beautifully translated


  3. says:

    Nicely readable as kindle edition


  4. says:

    I still haven't finished the first volume But so happy for this accessible translation Good introductions and background to the world in which the stories were set


  5. says:

    great


  6. says:

    As with the first volume in the Penguin Classics this is the modern translation by Malcolm LyonsThe introduction is specifically about the textual history of how this version has come down to us and detailing how this translation comes from the version known as 'Calcutta 2'The stories again are a weird and wonderful mixPatterns start to emerge So around the 300s there are a lot of stories about varied sexual preference The majority remains heterosexual love but 339 for example includes Abu Nawas in love with a boy post pubescent and 355 to 357 includes a story about a woman who has sex with an ape until she receives magic treatment which cures her of this desireIn the 400s we have a lot about Islam with even a pious tinge most notably the remarkable slave girl Tawaddud who over the course of nights 436 to 462 proves that she knows about Islam and the world in general than any man aliveMany people may buy this volume for the section about Sindbad which is one of the stories most taken on into Western culture These are mad fun and uite funny as Sindbad can't help leaving his happy stable existence to go off on another adventureJust after is one of the best sections from Night 578 to 606 where a vizier tries to prove that women are wilier and tricksier than men and a woman tries to prove the oppositeWe reach a real low point with the ghastly story of Gharib which goes from 624 to 680 Gharib is a mighty warrior who aided by a man eating ghul leads armies around the Middle East and offering cities he is about to capture the option of converting to Islam or dying He also ends up with about three beautiful maidens servicing his pleasure Some of the populations and beaten armies convert and others do not and those that do not are duly executed in their tens of thousands This may not have a lot to do with true Islam but it reads horribly like a manifesto for what ISIS thinks it's aboutThankfully the end of this volume has some cheery stuff and the adventures of Ali al Zaiba include some of the most ingenious and funny scrapes and adventures though even here there is the uncomfortable insertion that the Jewish magician who has refused to convert to Islam is beheadedAs with the other volumes this is one to read I'd say a few hundred pages at a time rather than driving all the way throughThe Kindle text divides chapters by twenty night periods which gives you some chance of finding your way if you're lost but the appendix is hard to use because you have to flip to the end I read it through using both a 'hard' paperback and a kindle for when I was on journeys


  7. says:

    What an excellent collection of stories from the one's that you think you know to those that are completely new


  8. says:

    This is a book that should be read a little at a time and not as I did which was to blast into it and in the end get fed up with the whole thing In the New Year I will take in little bits at a time then the stories can be seen for what thy are