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This most celebrated collections of tales feature shape-shifting and miraculous transportation across continents, powerful jinn who rise like smoke from simple vessels, dreams that delve into the secrets of the subconscious, and gigantic, man-carrying birds.
The backdrop for the tales moves from barren deserts to spectacular cities, from the edge of the world to the inner sanctuaries of mighty rulers. Kings and paupers, benevolent sages and devious magicians, worthy princesses and unscrupulous harlots - all play their part in teaching important truths and providing lively entertainment.
This innovative book offers retellings of a selection of tales that have captured the imaginations of countless people over many centuries. Accompanying each is a contemporary short story that reframes the messages and teachings of the original, specifically written for an adult audience.
Here are stories of betrayal and murder, exploitation and sibling rivalry, soul-searching and discovery. The modern parallel tales swap the busy alleyways of old Baghdad for the horror of Saddam's prisons, move from following caravans sweeping across the Sahara to modern day pilgrims trekking along the Caminos of northern Spain, and lift Aladdin out of his cave to unwittingly face Triad gangsters and antiques smugglers.
Wayward Baptist ministers, adulterous accountants, and eco-warrior backpackers follow in the footsteps of the no-less colorful characters than those that feature in the original tales.
The result is a gripping collection of tales that may continue to bring the mystery and magic of the Nights to life.
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By Alexandria on 02-04-17
Not just Arabian Nights
I thought it was just Arabian Nights but I didn't look at the title close enough to see that it was a bun of other random stories too. The narration was bad. I mean like bad voices and mispronouncing words. I did return it for another book and read The Arabian Nights another time
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Kretch on 07-07-17
The classic stories, diluted with lame modern-day equivalents and lamer explanations.
Could we have more Aladdin, and less lesbian couples videocam'ing perverts through a closet door?
I listened to the entire audiobook , hoping for some sort of redemption but alas none arrived. disappointing
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Amazon Customer on 04-29-18
Weird tangent about her personal life
very strange reading, discuses her personal life and religious beliefs between the tales. I found it off putting
By Flossy on 12-29-16
Best Religious Writer Alive
What did you like most about Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights?
Johnson finds religious meanings in seemingly non-religious texts. And he is an original and compelling story teller, as much an innovator as an expositor. I love it!
What other book might you compare Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights to, and why?
Probably Johnson's other book, Fairy Tales and Fairy Tales, another tour de force.
What about Francie Wyck’s performance did you like?
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Any additional comments?
Genius. Loved it.