Illustrated by Edward J. Detmold
This edition contains nine of the most famous of the 'Tales from the One Thousand and One Nights', originally told by Scheherezade to her murderous husband - to keep herself alive she would always stop at a moment of cliff-hanging excitement.
'The man who seemed to he the captain presently pushed forward, load on shoulder, through thorns and thickets, till he came up to a certain spot, where he uttered these strange words: "Open, Sesame!"' -
In the tantalising, exuberant and endlessly inventive tales that make up The Arabian Nights, the magical art of storytelling has never been more powerfully demonstrated. Here are some of fiction's most famous characters – Ala al-Din (Aladdin), Ali Baba and Sindbad – in a marvellous world of all-powerful sultans and seductive princesses, incredible jewels and fabulous beasts. Fairy tales, fables, erotica, riddles, bawdy comedy, mystical encounters; The Arabian Nights draws the reader into a labyrinth of stories, which, like Russian dolls, contain ever more stories.
This is a world where anything is possible – young women are changed into dogs, young men turned half to stone, the earth opens and swallows the unwary, spells and potions make dreams come true or bring disaster, and demons and fairies appear from nowhere to determine an individual's destiny by capricious whim.
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Review by PAULALOUD on 9th May 2016
"I grew up loving The Arabian Nights and was happy to own a Folio Society edition. The illustrations by Detmold are outstanding as one would expect. The binding is beautiful and vivid with the gold fo..." [read more]
Review by anon on 26th Jan 2016
"beautiful illustrations, the gold and white binding is a perfect choice for the cover it stands out yet blends in.... absolutely love it!!"
Review by anon on 11th Jul 2014
"This is perhaps the Folio book I'm least satisfied with.Don't get me wrong,the stories are great and entertaining,but I expected more for the price... It is lovely,but in hindsight,I would have spent..." [read more]