One Thousand and One Nights - Hanan Al-Shaykh

Goodreads Synopsis:

One Thousand and One Nights are never-ending stories told by Shahrazad under sentence of death to King Shahrayar. Maddened by the discovery of his wife’s orgies, King Shahrayar vows to marry a virgin every night and kill her in the morning. To survive, his newest wife Shahrazad spins a wave of tales each night, prolonging her life another day. These mesmerizing stories are gathered from India, Persia and across the great Arab empire. Retold by Hanan Al-Shaykh, One Thousand and One Nights are revealed in an intoxicating new voice.


Retold by Hanan Al-Shaykh. It is clearly written for an adult audience with its very vulgar and descriptive play of words. It was a very fun read and as you go further the more interesting the stories became.  And I also got a deeper look at some traditions and culture of other countries, my favorite subject when it comes to books. This is a very descriptive book and I just hope it was translated from Arabic.

Has anybody read this? What do you think happened to Shahrazad when her stories ran out? It doesn’t really say in the book. It just looped back to their story but never really ended.  Hey, maybe that was the point. What do you guys think?

Rating: 4/5


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