Review by 3344marigold
First of all, this is a very old collection of tales. I borrowed it from my grandmother to read, (copyright 1924) but even that’s not how old it is. These stories have been passed down for generations and generations, I can’t trace it that far back!
Also known as “Tales of a thousand nights and one night,” it is immediately considered a classic for a range ages. I have read it many times, and each time liked it more. Most of the stories are around 20 pages long, but it depends on what version you own/ get from the library.
It is a fantastic read! The stories draw you in until you just can’t stop, I can’t give this book enough praise. Some words may need looking up, but it is very comprehensible overall. Not much mature content, and some offensive language may be used, but it is mostly things that no one says anymore anyway.
I didn’t write summaries for all of the stories, but here are a few of my favorites:
THE STORY OF ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THEIVES
In a Persian town there lived two brothers, Cassim and Ali Baba. Cassim and his wife were quite rich, but Ali Baba and his wife had little money. Ali Baba cut wood and sold it for a living. One day while out in the forest he saw a company of robbers on horseback riding rapidly towards him. He quickly climbed a tree and hid, then witnessed them opening a secret cave under the tree he was in with the magic words “Open, Sesame.” Ali Baba guessed that they were putting stolen gold and silver in the cave. When they had finished and ridden away, Ali Baba opened the cave and discovered the treasure. He took handfuls back to his wife, and they asked Cassim to borrow a measure. Cassim and his wife figured out that Ali Baba somehow has come by a large amount of gold. He saw his brother about this, and Ali Baba told him about the cave. Overcome with greed, Cassim went to the cave and grabbed the gold. But in his rush he had forgotten the magic words, so instead he said “Open, Barley.” He couldn’t get out!
THE MERCHANT AND THE GENIE
A wealthy merchant who traveled much was on a trip of important affair, most likely for his business. As he got tired, he stopped under the shade of a tree to rest. The merchant took some dates from his wallet and, eating them, mindlessly threw stones in every direction. When he had finished resting, he washed his hands, drank from a nearby spring, and said his prayers. Before he had stood up, a bellowing Genie was before him, whirling a scimitar in his hand with rage. He wanted to kill the merchant for something bad that he had done only moments before. While he was throwing stones, he had, without knowing, killed the Genie’s son by hitting him in the eye. Seeking revenge, the genie went to kill the merchant. Seeing no way out of his burden and being such an unselfish man, the merchant agreed to be put to death if he got to bid his wife and children goodbye. The spirit agreed, giving him twelve months to return. The man returned home and told his heartbroken family of his promise to the genie. They mingled their tears when it was time for his departure, and he set out to fulfill his promise. It was time for him to die, the Genie’s scimitar ready at his head. But an old man with a hind walking along the road said something to the genie that paused him.
THE MAGIC CARPET, THE TUBE, AND THE APPLE
A sultan of India had three sons and one niece. His niece was a beautiful woman, and each of the sons had taken a liking to her. The Sultan knew that he could not just give his niece to one of the sons as a wife, there would certainly be jealousy among them. So he told them to go out into the world and return with one extraordinary object each, and the man with the best object would get to marry their cousin.