The Arabian Nights

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Author: Andrew Lang
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 111,078 / 296 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 141,491 4215

A medieval Middle-Eastern literary epic which tells the story of Scheherazade, a Sassanid Queen, who must relate a series of stories to her malevolent husband, the King, to delay her execution. The stories are told over a period of one thousand and one nights, and every night she ends the story with a suspenseful situation, forcing the King to keep her alive for another day. The individual stories were created over many centuries, by many people and in many styles, and they have become famous in their own right.

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ed home his wife and children received him with the greatest joy. But instead of embracing them he began to weep so bitterly that they soon guessed that something terrible was the matter.

"Tell us, I pray you," said his wife, "what has happened."

"Alas!" answered her husband, "I have only a year to live."

Then he told them what had passed between him and the genius, and how he had given his word to return at the end of a year to be killed. When they heard this sad news they were in despair, and wept much.

The next day the merchant began to settle his affairs, and first of all to pay his debts. He gave presents to his friends, and large alms to the poor. He set his slaves at liberty, and provided for his wife and children. The year soon passed away, and he was obliged to depart. When he tried to say good-bye he was quite overcome with grief, and with difficulty tore himself away. At length he reached the place where he had first seen the genius, on the very day that he had appointed


Average Rating of 4.2 from 18 reviews: *****

A collection of texts kind for its famous stories, aesthetically is not important and not canonically as Shakespeare. Their stories far from reflecting the human condition are works that deal with the fate of the implausibility of his characters.


This book is an abridged version of Arabian Nights. I recommend the four volume complete version available in Manybooks. The volumes are very descriptive and full.


Sorry I gave a wrong rating earlier.


I have never read this book. And NOW, i am GLAD I downloaded and read it.

This is probably the greatest lies someone ever told.


Dear Mr.Historian, i don't know how you can say "If any Persian has a problem to find real Persian culture to market and advertise, then they can start making up their own history from now with something realistic." ?
sorry but it's so ridiculous! Ancient Persia had the greatest power, culture and anything.
Just have a glance at some history books.

Have a look:



Baghdad was never a part of Persia, as the Persian occupied Iraq along with other neighboring territories throughout history, but they were always fought and defeated. Now the Persian invasion is again happening on all levels. Neither most of the characters' names in the book are Persian nor the stories take place in Persia. If any Persian has a problem to find real Persian culture to market and advertise, then they can start making up their own history from now with something realistic.


There are several references to Baghdad in these stories. Iraq was a part of ancient Persia. I fail to understand how then the book can be termed Arabian. I would think the original stories are Persian written in Farsi and then adopted in Arabic eventually due to their popularity.

Félix Ceballos

This is one of the most wonderful compilations of ancient traditional middle east folk tales. They are NOT difficult to understand, unless you are not paying attention and, on the other hand, they are not easy to follow. Meaning that you have to be focused on the reading, something you usually do when reading...
I completely recomend this compilation to understand the core of story telling, and have fun!!


as an arab, (THIS BOOK IS ARABIAN NOT PERSIAN) i love this book. i remember as a child, when trying to sleep my grandmother would tell me one of these stories, so reading the book reminded me of my grandmum. GOD, if you didnt like this book than your are just wierd, and if it was confusing than your stupid cuz i got it and im only 16


It is somehow difficult because it has been manipulated by arabs.
The story is originally Persian.But understandable.


This book was confusing to read, either through the efforts of my teacher or Lang. The stories skipped from one to the next with impunity, confusing even the most clever mind. However, it was an interesting tale (or tales!).

Zulfiqa Bhatti

A fantastic book in the field of storytelling which has stories that can turn bad into good.

worth reading
greatest tales ever told


Shehrezed shed a blood
Virgin ! Mourn not
You've shed a thousand drops
And no tears
sorry! We have cried,
We lamented a cowardice
You've shed a tear
How miserable we are!

Hanan Al-Harbi

One of the most historical books to be

1001 from breath-taking tales, very
brached & connected tales processed in much
simple way to understand

I guess that no one will regret the time
spent in reading this wholesome book


Worth reading book.


The greatest book in the history of story telling ! Great feat Many Books.

one of the best books in the history of writing.

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