Tales From The Arabian Nights (World's Best Reading)
Tales From The Arabian Nights - World's Best Reading Author:Andrew Lang (Translator) "OPEN SESAME!" The magic words open a door in a wild, bramble-covered rock, admitting awestruck Ali Baba to a cavern crammed with precious brocades, rich carpets, and piles of gold and silver -- the long-accumulated loot of 40 thieves. As Ali Baba, a poor peddler of firewood, starts to help himself, we hold our breath. Will he be... more » caught and massacred by the returning bandits? Or will he manage to load sacks of gold on his three waiting asses and get them safely home?
Such cruel suspense is typical of The Arabian Nights, whose dazzling make-believe has thrilled listeners and readers for centuries. Since its debut in the Western world nearly 300 years ago, few books have left so deep an imprint on our imagination as this bouquet of Oriental fairy tales, whose authors and whose beginnings are forever buried in the sands of time. Indeed, our ingrained notions of the mysterious and romantic East stem largely from the pages of this beloved book.