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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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"Food for thought and refreshing new perspectives on how the messages of the original stories can be applied to modern times...especially recommended for those who would view the original classics with a new eye to their lasting relevance." - Midwest Book Review "Inventive author Clive Johnson brings to life [the age-old cultural icons] once again-with a cool modern twist." - BlueInk Review "It's a clever idea, handsomely executed in impeccable prose." - BlueInk Review "All in all, this is a delightful collection." - BlueInk Review "[Johnson's] 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." - N. N. Light "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!" - N. N. Light "The narrative throughout the book flows effortlessly." - San Francisco Book Review "A worthy literary endeavor." - San Francisco Book Review

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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: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 331 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0993202969
  • Publisher: 1 (11 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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