Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The 1001 Nights

So I've been reading my way through the 1001 Nights. Or the Arabian Nights. Or the Thousand Nights and One Night. Depending on all sorts of things. I've got the three volume Penduin edition, and I love it. I tried to read Richard Burton's translation a while ago, and just couldn't get through it. Each story was one paragraph, which sometimes lasted over sixth pages. Bleagh.

The Penguin edition is great. Of the first 100 nights, 25 is the best. It's got this proto-Weekend at Bernie's quality that cracks me up.