I love the stories that were original from the 1001 Nights, and it’s funny how out of theme and out of place the stories added by Antoine Galland sound: they clearly match European hero tropes far more than the ‘story as payment’ tropes in the original frame.
I’m scheduling this post ahead of time, since this coming Shabbat is the start of Sukkot, (aka The Feast of Tabernacles…). That means that most of the coming eight days should be spent eating and studying in a small booth/tabernacle outdoors, hoping that it doesn’t rain!
-This week’s updates, from September 25th to October 1st:
September 25, 2020 – 35.0% “je n’ai pas eu le temps, au jour d’hui, de lire/écouter l’histoire d’Amine, soeur de Zobéîde. Je meurs de savoir pour quoi elle a des cicatrices…
I’ve had no time today for the story of Amine, Zobéïde’s sister. Dying to know why she’s got scars…
(35% LVIII nuit au eBook…)” September 25, 2020 – 37.0% “Zobéïde having finished her story and been rewarded by the Caliph, we now hear the start of Sinbad the Sailor’s 7 voyages, which does not start off nearly as interestingly as the previous stories, imho.” September 25, 2020 – 37.0% “Now I know what bothers me about Sinbad: rich kid wastes his twenties then takes his remaining money, which he was born with, to start a business and has the nerve, the gall, to preach to a poor man that he made his own money himself.” September 29, 2020 – 38.0% “Sinbad sounds like a spoiled rich kid telling a story where he is the hero, rather than the previous stories, which all involved humble people (even when Princes/esses) exchanging stories for their lives.
Prudish (yes slave-owning, as only the upper classes had time & education enough to read novels) French readers demanded the extraction, after about night 65 (at the start of the Sinbad story) of Dinarazad waking..” September 29, 2020 – 44.0% “Sindbad only worries about himself being buried alive, not about his poor wife!!” September 30, 2020 – 44.0% “Chapitre 11, Histoire des trois pommes. En fin terminé avec Sinbad !
Ch. 11, story of the three apples. Finally done with Sinbad’s story.” September 30, 2020 – 48.0% “Now you how each story is building with some innocent person killed, and then the killer repenting of the deed. she is stretching out the stories and the time to give the king time to get over his pain and to understand his Injustice.” October 1, 2020 – 49.0% “Histoire de trois pommes : autre fois, la vie se paye avec une histoire. Cette fois ci d’une presque innocent…
This time of an almost innocent…
The three apples: Again, a life is bought with a story…” October 1, 2020 – 50.0% “99: excellent !! Les Djinn ont changé ent les hommes !;.
Excellent, the genies swapped men!!” October 1, 2020 – 50.0% “99: excellent !! Les Djinn ont changé ent les hommes !;.
Excellent, the genies swapped men!!”
I have now listened to several stories that were mysteriously edited out of the written version, whose updates on all of my daily reading you can see here, if you are rather bored.
These stories are so well framed for both complication of listening (presumably because people who were in the habit of listening to stories were accustomed to holding many bits of information in their minds at once, which I think we’re forgetting to do, in the modern world).
Some good stories seem to have been left out of the eBook version from Project Guttenberg that I am reading as I listen to the LibreVox/AudioBooks version being narrated. I see that there are illustrated versions that I never noticed, on the PG site, so maybe a few new scans have been made!
So far, most of the stories are stories within stories, which can become a bit complex to keep in mind. This must be how people trained their minds, before Sudoku! I suppose that if one were not sufficiently educated to know of these tales, as my Freedmen and escaped but still technically enslaved WiP characters are, then mere survival was enough to exercise the brain.
I am very very thankful that we have libraries, the internet, Project Gutenberg, and kind people who lend their time and talents to teach us and encourage all of us to learn and to wonder. Please join me in wondering, and in learning to build a more hopeful world.
Books, film, and other forms of media, like comic books, aka graphic novels, and music all have a strong effect on how people view the world. So, here are some Action Items in support of literacy and hope that you can take right now:
1.) Download some public domain version of a classic book, or grab your favorite version of the The Arabian Nights (yes, I know: the 1001 Nights was by Antoine Galland, who made up a few stories and inserted them into older Arabic and Persian stories that may have come from India, but still…) or any other story, in an original language, if possible! 🙂
2.) Read a page,
3.) Share your thoughts on that page, perhaps as an update on your GoodReads reading,
4.) Write a novel that references a classic book, tells a good story, and makes a difference. I’m working on that through my historical fantasy #WiP, #WhoByFireIWill. Once published, donate one or more copies to your local public library, as I intend to do.
Other ideas welcome on how to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, & #EndMoneyBail, starting with improving these four parts of our good #PublicDomainInfrastructure:
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
written in September, 12020 HE