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Ayirathonnu Ravukal | ആയിരത്തൊന്നു രാവുകള്‍

Want to Read saving…. It’s hilarious and quite charming in its own way, but not at all …more If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind archaic English, have a go at Burton.

In sum – would I call these stories great storytelling? View all 29 comments.

Since then, realizing that all women are profligate, Shahryar every day takes a new wife and executes her at dawn the next day. Characters often look at someone and know they are from good breeding and wealth and have a good heart, based on the beauty of their features and elegance and grace of their body.

Take me and hold me in your lap. Aladdin’s story also differed from any I had heard. Baghdad, Persia, India, China, Egypt feature in the stories, with rich merchants, kings, cities and craftsmen, revealing a flourishing trade and wealthy kingdoms. Along the way, she comes to a kingdom and through adventure marries the princess and becomes king of the land, where with the complicity of her wife she rules the kingdom and earns much fame for a number of years.

There’s a lot of gore too with beheadings, people being boiled in oil, being eaten by ogres, you name it!

Ayirathonnu Ravukal | ആയിരത്തൊന്നു രാവുകള്‍ by Anonymous (4 star ratings)

What I wasn’t expecting is just how deeply complex, yet eminently readable, the multiple tales are. Look, in a lot of ways the uglier parts of the Islamic Golden Age have been inherited by the European Golden Age in the forms of anti-blackness, antisemitism, rape culture and so much else illustrated by the contents of these tales slaves of the Trans-Saharan trade weren’t allowed into Islam adabian fear they would realize the horrifying hypocrisy of it allbut that does not justify this persistent void in history, in literature, in Disney movies and so-called common sense.


I understand that these stories were composed over a millennium ago, but it gets a bit wearying seeing virtually every female character in all of the stories be either a treacherous whore, a deceitful old crone, or a helpless object of sex or desire.

Everyone reads Burtons translation but ive heard Haddawys version is better, which should I read? How to update publish date of a book? He took the purse of gold with the thousand dinars that he had got from the Jew and wrapped it in his trousers, placing it under the end of the mattress, and he took off his turban and set it on a chair, leaving him only wearing a fine shirt embroidered with gold.

Perhaps easier said than done.

The origin of my desire to read the tales of The Arabian Nights came from reading another malayaam that I was actually Ill-equipped to tackle: Morals of the story: Below I’ve transcribed a couple of passages in several translations.

Yeah, I could put qrabian effort into expanding my reading, but don’t tell me there aren’t ideological forces interested in keeping the trek beyond the infantilized The Arabian Stries a hard one. The most contemporary descendant of this work in my library is The Corpse Exhibition: View all 12 comments. Wrap your head around that, kiddos, and try to guess which ones I’m referring to! Don’t be an idiot like me and start reading an unabridged copy to your kids or you will have to be explaining malayslam early on why so and so killed his wife and imprisoned another It presents as blank verse, usually with little lyricism at all.

It is approximately pages long and is the translation of Nightts Richard Burton. On the other hand, women are often praised for their education, culture and eloquence, not just their beauty, their elegance and their shapeliness.


A library of books is the fairest garden in the world, and to walk there is an ecstasy. Fiction is beginning to emerge from the transcription of the oral tradition: You should give them a try. Someone was almost decapitated over a cheesecake recipe. As a reference and research tool? That being said, there are few works with as much imagination and wonder in them and taken in lighter doses, it is a be Arabian Nights is one of the great literary works arabisn all time but precautions need to be made if you want to read it to your kids.

Now I have some fifty dame partlets, and I please this and provoke that and starve one and stuff another, and through my good governance they are all well under my control.

What is more, many of these stories did not originate within the Sir Richard Francis Burton is an odd duck. Art thou happy when our master is going to die? May you not perish; I shall give it back Exactly in the form in which it was.

Thus, the frame story is ultimately just an imaginative narrative vehicle by which a miscellany of diverse tales is brought and held together as a treasury or discrete work. Here are a few of the themes I noticed. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.