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rmeyers's picture

For our second reading of the Arabian Nights, I decided to pick up from the first tale and read in chronological order the next three (since it seemed that a large number of the class read the first few begining stories, and this would lend some common ground). I attempted to read the first tale on the ELF site in Burton's translation, but could not find in myself a willingness to continue after the paragraph of all-caps. Instead, I read the Lang translations of: "The Story of the Merchant and the Genius" and "The Story of the First Old Man and of the Hind" and "The Story of the Second Old Man, and of the Two Black Dogs"

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xhan's picture

 I also read the tales in

 I also read the tales in chronological order: The Story of the Merchant and the Genius" and "The Story of the First Old Man and of the Hind" and "The Story of the Second Old Man, and of the Two Black Dogs. I started out reading these tales, from in the Harvard Collections, and I reread these tales on the ELF website. I found my experience on the ELF website to be much more enjoyable: I found that I was able to understand this edition better, which increased my satisfaction immensely, and I also appreciated the imagery that occasionally accompanied the text. I also found the format of the ELF website more compatible to my preferences. 

nk0825's picture

I tried this too

 After hearing that most of the class read these tales in chronological order, I too decided to read the second set of stories in that manner. The first time around I thought it would be beneficial to get a "feel" for the story by skipping around and acquainting myself with various sections, but I realized this was probably the wrong way of going about the assignment. Instead of switching to the ELF site I continued reading from the Harvard Collections where I read the first three stories. I did find it helpful to read the stories chronologically; I was able to gain some sense of continuity and understanding this time around unlike my first time with these stories which proved to be a disjointed and somewhat frustrating experience. 

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