Monday, 9 May 2016

Book Review : One Thousand And One Nights by Hanan Al Shaykh


Author         : Hanan Al Shaykh
Genres         : Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher      : 
Date published : First Published ( January 1st 2013 )
ISBN           :
Pages          : 320 pages
Edition        : Paperback
Rating         : 5/5


SUMMARY

* FROM GOODREADS *

Witty, poetic, erotic and brutal, One Thousand and One Nights are the never-ending stories told by the young Shahrazad under sentence of death to King Shahrayar. Maddened by the discovery of his wife's orgies, King Shahrayar believes all women are unfaithful and vows to marry a virgin every night and kill her in the morning. To survive, his newest wife Shahrazad spins a web of tales night after night, leaving the King in suspense when morning comes, thus prolonging her life for another day. Written in Arabic from tales gathered in India, Persia and across the great Arab empire, these mesmerising stories tell of the real and the supernatural, love and marriage, power and punishment, wealth and poverty, and the endless trials and uncertainties of fate. Now adapted by Hanan al-Shaykh the One Thousand and One Nightsare revealed in an intoxicating new voice. 

MY REVIEW 

Epics, fairy tales, love stories, adventures, ghost stories, mysteries and tragedies
comprising stories within stories.

The stories of One Thousand and One Nights are among the world’s most famous works of literature. If you were going to put to death in the morning, how would you spend your last night? Scheherazade spun the tales of magic, romance and mystery to forestall her execution. The tales of the One Thousand and One Nights have been shared for so long no one knows when they were first spoken. There are tales of love and lust, tragedy, romance, humor, fables, crime, murder, mystery and many more! All these tales are vividly told thrugh  enchanting settings, plot that twist unexpectedly and intresting and amazing characters. The tales have a deeply nested structure, with stories within stories within stories! 


Other titles by Hanan Al-Shaykh

Al Shaykh is an acclaimed labanese author of contemporary literature who came from a very strong Shi'a family. She grew up in Beirut, Lebanon. The translation by Hanan Al-Shaykh was so wonderful. It contains the prose that evokes sensual experiences! Hanan Al- Shaykh translated 19 of the original tales and she used the stories of Schecherazade to explore the role of feminism in fiction. She manages to be lyrical in her translation and I enjoyed every word of this book! I love all the characters in the book especially Schecherazade, a very witty and smart bibliophile. Her genius scheme outsmarting the King! She charms him with with her fascinating stories. 

The biggest lesson I learned from this book is, who is knowledgeable is strong. Schecherazede saved the remaning virgins of the kingdom from being killed with her brain. No weapons needed! To all the girls out there, You can manipulate the cruelest men in this world and escape the fate of death by being smart and knowledgeable. Read more books!

What I love the most about this book : The gorgeous book cover! Book cover is a crucial element of my reading experience. I'm a huge fan of beautiful covers and sometimes I buy books solely because of the covers. Let's be honest, I judge a book by it's cover most of the time heeehee.

The stories in One Thousand One Nights by Hanan can be quite sexually explicit and decidedly not for children and those under 18. I accidentally let my 15 year old brother read this book and he enjoyed it so much. -_- If you are a fan of fairy tales, fantasy, folklores and adventure, this book is definitely for you! The book is filled with exotic and mystical appeal of the east. Please please please give this book a try ( even if you are not a fan of those genres )! I don't have the same taste in reading as my brother. He is a huge fan of Throne of Glass and Percy Jackson and he doesn't really like romance and erotic books. I really thought he was not going to like and enjoy the book. I was shocked and happy at the same time when he gave the book 5 out of 5 stars! Please give this book a try! Pleaaaaaaase! 

Thank you Hanan Al-Shaykh for this amazing and beautiful book! I'm looking forward to reading more of your work.

Love, 
Umairah