Arabian Nights & Arabian Nights: Traditional Tales from a Thousand and One Nights, Contemporary Tales for Adults (英語) ペーパーバック – 2016/10/11
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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 / young adult (student) 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.
"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商品の説明をすべて表示する
I can neither recommend nor lead you away from this book.
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.
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