The Nobel Prize winning Egyptian writer Naguib Mahfouz refashions the classic tales of Scheherazade into a novel written inhis own imaginative, spellbinding style Here are genies and flying carpets, Aladdin and Sinbad, Ali Baba, and many other familiar stories from the tradition of The One Thousand and One Nights, made new by the magical pen of the acknowledged dean of Arabic letters, who plumbs their depths for timeless truths....
|Title||:||Arabian Nights and Days: A Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||373 Pages|
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Arabian Nights and Days: A Novel Reviews
Amazing depth into the characters he creates from his own experiences, Mahfouz writes like no Western novelist that I know of. He does not back away from the barbarism, the manipulation, the deception of the world around him in his novels. He doesn't present one view, but a complex menagerie of views. He doesn't attempt to white wash anything or anyone in his writing and I now know why he, not only was branded by Islamic fanatics, but won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Would that Western novelists painted the worlds in which they live with more accuracy and without any reticence to paint them in colors that truly reflect reality. Every society has its barbarism and every society would do well to look seriously at its despicable depths.
I originally picked up the book thinking that it would be a selection from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. It only took one page to realize that I was wrong, but that I was reading something truly exceptional. The stories and characters simply present themselves like little gems of Egyptian life to be examined without sympathy nor derision. They lead from one to another as did Scheherazade's stories without conclusions.
I felt like I was being pulled along on a magical journey with a storyteller reading me these stories. They were fascinating and immersed me completely in their world. I really enjoyed it.
Mahfouz goes for some interesting detail in adult content...
I found myself distracted with a nagging question whether the narration was an illusion or reality. The novel is a loosely set of tales, where each chapter is self contained describing the experiences of a character. The plot converges at the `Cafe of the Emirs'. The characters are faced with an adventure in which they appear to find more about themselves. In this adventure they are tempted with their weakness, there is a self struggle where they determine to take the path of choice. It is this path which can lead to their destruction or bliss. The apparent conflicts are in the nature of corruption, self righteousness, lust, greed.
I read this to be able to tutor someone who had to read this for a class. It's pretty enjoyable. It's a lot like 1001 Nights, but in a contemporary form - not helpful I know. The characters are much more 3d; you get to see inside their heads.
Evil djinnis take the role of bad guys seducing hapless humans into dreadful behavior throughout this book. They bankrupt the wealthy, frame the innocent, and lead people to rape and murder while leading them away from righteous behavior and sound moral judgement. Mahfouz rewrites some of the Arabian Nights tales, like that of Aladdin and Ma'rouf the Cobbler, and works around the edges of others, like that of Sindbad the Sailor, while introducing a slew of his own characters who interact with each other and generally get the short end of the stick in this collection of interwoven stories.
I read this book after having read his Children of the Alley which was great.I look for some insight in the author's Egyptian culture and I feel his work does offer that.This work, while fantastical, shows people behaving like people while in the context of Islam and arbitrary Fate.