Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Review of "Classic Starts: Arabian Nights"

Review of

Classic Starts: Arabian Nights ISBN 9781402745737

Five out of five stars

 Even though nearly all American children have been exposed to some of the stories in the collection of Arabic folk tales called “A Thousand and One Nights” or simply “Arabian Nights,” the vast majority are unaware of the origin. The movies and cartoons about Aladdin, Sinbad the Sailor and Ali Baba and the Forty thieves are all stories from this great work. This book contains some of the stories from that collection and is written at the level of the young adult.

 This is a great introduction to one of the most underappreciated works of fiction ever created. In my opinion, “A Thousand and One Nights” is one of the few works of fiction that can top “Alice in Wonderland” in terms of the sheer creativity and imagination contained in the pages. I have read the full editions of both and strongly recommend that all forms, from cartoon, to comic book to complete edition be read or viewed. Even the simplest of exposures will improve the mental state of the person doing the reading.

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