After King Shahryar had his wife killed for cheating, he began to corrupt--then kill--one virgin a night, as revenge on womankind. Then he meets Scheherazade, who, night after night, saves her own life by telling him fantastical tales of genies, wishes, terror, and passion. Famous stories from here are Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and others. Frequent telling of sexual activities through analogy. There is a glossary at the end, which would be helpful to read before beginning. The original (supposedly) 30 volumes were later whittled down to 10 volumes, and now to one volume of the major stories and other of lesser stories.
Probably this is one of the original "story within a story" book. "Arabian Nights" is a selection of stories told by a young girl on her wedding night to a price who has sworn he will kill any girl who marries him. Her clever stories keep him from murdering her night after night. This is where classic fairy tales such as "Aladdin" and "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves" come from as well as moral tales and metaphors. The use of djins, magic and Eastern splendor makes "Arabian Nights" dazzle. It is a must read and a perfect counter point to western fairy tales such as "Hans Christian Anderson" and the "Brothers Grimm".
Classic tales of the Arabian court
Classic tales of the Arabian court
The 1964 publication of Sir Richard Burton's translation marked the first wide appearance in English of the Kama Sutra and was celebrated as a literary event of highest importance. As vital to an understanding of ancient Indian civilization as the works of Plato and Aristotle are to the West, the Kama Sutra has endured for 1,700 years as an indisputable classic of world literature. Written with frankness and unassuming candor, the Kama Sutra remains one of the most readable and enjoyable of all the classics of antiquity. A work of philosophy, psychology, sociology, Hindu dogma, scientific inquiry, and sexology, the Kama Sutra's importance is so great that it has at the same time both affected Indian civilization and remained an indispensable key to understanding it.
Sir Richard F. Burton's translation of The Kama Sutra remains one of the best English interpretations of this early Indian treatise on politics, social customs, love, and intimacy. Its crisp style set a new standard for Sanskrit translation.The Kama Sutra stands uniquely as a work of psychology, sociology, Hindu dogma, and sexology. It has been a celebrated classic of Indian literature for 1,700 years and a window for the West into the culture and mysticism of the East. This Modern Library Paperback Classic reprints the authoritative text of Sir Richard F. Burton's 1883 translation. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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