Magic carpets and flying horses, caverns glittering with gold, unexpected plotlines following the fortunes of heroes and villains - who can fail to be enthralled by the magic and wonder of the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights?
This most celebrated collections of tales feature shape-shifting and miraculous transportation across continents, powerful jinn who rise like smoke from simple vessels, dreams that delve into the secrets of the subconscious, and gigantic, man-carrying birds.
The backdrop for the tales moves from barren deserts to spectacular cities, from the edge of the world to the inner sanctuaries of mighty rulers. Kings and paupers, benevolent sages and devious magicians, worthy princesses and unscrupulous harlots - all play their part in teaching important truths and providing lively entertainment.
This innovative book offers retellings of a selection of tales that have captured the imaginations of countless people over many centuries. Accompanying each is a contemporary short story that reframes the messages and teachings of the original, specifically written for an adult audience.
Here are stories of betrayal and murder, exploitation and sibling rivalry, soul-searching and discovery. The modern parallel tales swap the busy alleyways of old Baghdad for the horror of Saddam's prisons, move from following caravans sweeping across the Sahara to modern day pilgrims trekking along the Caminos of northern Spain, and lift Aladdin out of his cave to unwittingly face Triad gangsters and antiques smugglers.
Wayward Baptist ministers, adulterous accountants, and eco-warrior backpackers follow in the footsteps of the no-less colorful characters than those that feature in the original tales.
The result is a gripping collection of tales that may continue to bring the mystery and magic of the Nights to life.
©2016 Clive Johnson (P)2016 Clive Johnson
beautiful, honest, real
The priest's wife
The priest's long suffering wife. because...
Finding God Today
Clive Johnson is a great writer and guide.
already listened three times. the author is very real, has suffered and conveys it intelligently and compasionately
the part about the obnoxious wife
yes, several hours long but riveting
I really like this author
Every time I listen to it, I learn something new. And yet it is clear.
the very last one
asked and answered
you have to listen to this. it is haunting. and brilliant. and beautiful.
Absolutely. Good material, relevant, witty, appropriate for all ages.
the wayward preacher, because he was internally conflicted, in a realistic way.
What didn't I like? It was perfect!
Absolutely. I couldn't stop listening.
Clive Johnson is a rising star.
yes, except i didn't care for the narrator
all of them
yes, she sounds like a stuardess
grimm meets clive barker
good book, middling narrator
I thought it was just Arabian Nights but I didn't look at the title close enough to see that it was a bun of other random stories too. The narration was bad. I mean like bad voices and mispronouncing words. I did return it for another book and read The Arabian Nights another time
If that 'friend' is a metro-sexual politically correct geekazoid, then, maybe.
arabian nights, but I liked that one better.
no. she's kind of whiny. it's actually a good book, and the author is talented. but this chick's voice is really corporate. boo!
no, too long for that.
the author needs to grow his balls back. he's so middle aged. but, technically, it is good material. you have to give it a chance.
"Best Religious Writer Alive"
Johnson finds religious meanings in seemingly non-religious texts. And he is an original and compelling story teller, as much an innovator as an expositor. I love it!
Probably Johnson's other book, Fairy Tales and Fairy Tales, another tour de force.
Genius. Loved it.
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