Sunday, July 19, 2015

Fortnightly Book, July 19

I continue with the second of the three volumes of Burton's The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night in the Heritage Press edition. This volume takes us from the 273rd night to the 738th night, so it not only gets us past the first year of nights, but past the second year as well. The three volumes of this edition have continuous page numbering throughout, so this volume starts on page 1337 and ends on page 2650. It's likely to be another three-week 'fortnight'.

This part of the Nights has a very large number of minor tales, but it is notable especially for the fact that it has the most famous series of tales in the entire collection: The Voyages of Sinbad (or Sindbad, as it is in Burton's edition). These tales were originally an independent cycle that were assimilated by the Nights; and they are easily the most recognizable stories in this massive crowd of stories.

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