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Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights: Traditional tales from a thousand and one nights, Contemporary tales for adults by [Johnson, Clive]
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Magic carpets and flying horses, caverns glittering with gold, unexpected plotlines following the fortunes of heroes and villains – who can fail to be enthralled by the magic and wonder of the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights?

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 colourful characters than those that feature in the original tales.

Each pair of stories is accompanied by a commentary on how they might be interpreted. The result is a gripping collection of tales that may continue to bring the mystery and magic of the Nights to life, as well as provoking fresh thought and feeling for adult readers. Prepare to be surprised, uplifted and – in the spirit of the original Arabian Nights Entertainments –enthralled.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 157 pages
  • Publisher: 1 (11 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Noteworthy but lacking 24 February 2017
By Brian P. Lane - Published on
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I had the greatest of hopes for this book. Sadly, my hopes were dashed but the book was not a complete waste of time. Rereading my old favorites was quite enlightening and I have to admit some of the insight provided by the author was fun.

I can neither recommend nor lead you away from this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep intelligence hidden underneath a playful exterior. These stories ... 19 October 2016
By J.-M. Kuczynski - Published on
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Deep intelligence hidden underneath a playful exterior. These stories are thoughtful and informed by deep wisdom and psychological intelligence. Johnson is not simply telling stories; he is exploring the human condition---and doing so by way of an entirely new medium. A must buy!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I waited to read 17 December 2016
By L H - Published on
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I thought I was getting a book of jinn's and flying carpets. Did know it was an author' s version of those tales but not I the way the book was wrote.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I find there is just a little for everyone who likes a contemporary twist on a classic tale 25 October 2016
By Oh My Bookness - Published on
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Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights: by Clive Johnson

The tales of Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights are made up of scoundrel and noble characters. This book is made up of various stories that all tend to be quite extraordinary in their own way. Author Clive Johnson took the classic iconic tales and gave them a makeover with their underlying classical whimsy intact. There is more though, can’t forget about the new clever twist. Who doesn’t like a good twist.

These days re-writing classic tales, fairytales , folklore, folktales, has become a staple in publishing and on the screen. One Thousand and One Nights, affectionately known as Arabian Nights in English editions is a collection of folktales. For me this is the first time I have had the pleasure of seeing a fresh “modern” take (as you would say these days) on it. I can’t say either that I was dissatisfied with it. You never know when you love a classic so much if a the “new” will disappoint. Just thought for me it didn’t…all you hardcore folktale, folklore, fairytales lovers, who just appreciate the classics to the point seeing it altered is blasphemous, maybe thank twice before reading. Others more adventurous and open…you know what you want to do.

There is a story for everybody and everyone to enjoy. This book is for young adults and up. The traditional tales is always a favorite of mine, the contemporary version is enlightening but maybe not for everyone. Its however how the reader may interpret the story. The way one does will determine how much they find it enjoyable. There is fantasy, murder and betrayal, a little of most everything thrown in. A little just for everyone.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic collection of retold stories! 11 October 2016
By N. N. Light - Published on
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I remember reading Aladdin and Ali Baba when I was young, imagining I had a magic carpet and could fly all over the world. Now, Clive Johnson has breathed new life into these fantastic stories with his collection of modern-day stories. From Aladdin to Scheherazade to even Sinbad the Sailor, these classical tales are paired with a modern retelling along with detailed analysis and insight.

It’s clear that Johnson is a scholar and has studied these tales. His passion for these stories, as well as the modern retellings, comes through clearly and it drew me in. Seven stories featuring everyday people dealing with astonishing circumstances.

If you loved reading about Sinbad the Sailor or Aladdin as a kid, you’ll love these retellings as an adult. A great way to escape for a few hours and a must read!

My Rating: 4 stars

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