Mount Readmore Book Review, 2018 109/200
Arabian Nights by Kate Douglas Wiggin
Finished on 7/3/2018
This work features ten stories from the ‘Tales of a Thousand and One Nights’ including the well-known ones of ‘Aladdin and the Lamp’, ‘Ali Baba and the forty thieves’, and ‘Sinbad the Sailor’.
Genres: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Arabic Fantasy
A World Classic
After reading Alif the Unseen, which features the prosaically named book ‘The Thousand and One Days,’ I decided to read ‘The Thousand and One Nights.’
The version I read was not complete, but it did contain many of the well known short stories which make up this legendary tale. It included the story of Aladdin, Ali Baba and Sinbad, among many others. My favorite was the tale of the princess and the talking parrot.
This was a book fit for both children and adults, however I must warn potential readers that the translators for this version didn’t ‘clean up’ the prose to remove derogatory references to Jews, African people and people from India. Read at your own peril.
My biggest complaint was that there was no trace of Shaharizad, which I dearly wished to read. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for a more complete version in the years to come.