Tuesday, November 1, 2011
What goes around - Arabian Nights
If you are among the millions who picked up all the Harry Potter Books including the Tales of Beadle the Bard, you may want to get The Thousand and One Nights, available for free at Amazon.com
I woke up in the middle of the night thinking of Scheherazade and realized that with all the stories I'd heard growing up, I never actually picked up the book. It turns out there's no definitive text, and there's more than one volume but the one here has the prologue, which is fascinating. You can also find an online version with a menu for navigation here.
As we in the west continue to scratch our heads over the turmoils in the Middle East, perhaps reading some of their classic literature will help us to understand our fellow humans with more insight.
What J.K Rowling did, we should try to continue, that is, introducing children to the wonders of reading. There has never been a better time to do this than now, with kindles and other ereaders available to make book reading cool and in the case of the classics, free.
Perhaps one day we will again be a society that appreciates history and culture. Thanks for getting the ball rolling Ms. Rowling!