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by Achmed Abdullah

Achmed Abdullah's classic fantasy novel, based on the silent film of the same title, starring Douglas Fairbanks.
Download The Thief of Bagdad epub
ISBN: 1434460290
ISBN13: 978-1434460295
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Achmed Abdullah
Language: English
Publisher: Wildside Press (February 15, 2008)
Pages: 324 pages
ePUB size: 1253 kb
FB2 size: 1763 kb
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 478
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"The Thief of Bagdad" is representative of the era in which it was written: excellent use of language and a focus on (largely) light-hearted action that keeps the reader turning pages. The plot is simple, the characters accessible and the story elements mix fantasy and reality very nicely. All told this makes for a delight, immersive escape: quintessential fantasy.

Being representative of its era also includes some unflattering cultural generalizations that border on racism. The author spreads equal disparagement among all major ethnicities he references, so a reader may take that as s/he will. Also of note: at times, the book seems less incredible story and more a praise piece for how much of a blessing it is to convert to a faith/religion. That component of the story never quite detracts from the overall enjoyment of the tale, but it's still unmistakable and at times somewhat jarring. An example of these observations: "An easy thing to write about," comments the ancient Arabic chronicle-"a horrible thing to picture. For the saber was the only god to whom these accursed, dog-faced Mongols worshiped. May their souls burn in the lowest depths of perdition for a thousand eternities to come."

Personal politics aside, the one true criticism to be offered: this Kindle edition was rife with formatting errors. It seemed like every 8 or 10 pages, there were several words that ran together or lacked spacing. That issue was distracting, especially in the passages that portray poetry or song.

TLDR: time-tested fantasy. For those who want to while away a few hours on action, humor, and wonder, look no further. And now... quotes:

"Only idiots, old spinsters, cats, and learned professors contradict the testimony of their own five senses."

"Then, at once, the tree seemed to change its shape. The foliage dropped away as did the bark; and, instead of a tree stood a very old man, with long green hair, a long green beard, green eyes, green skin. His very toe nails were green, and green was his voice-if voice can be said to have a color-"

"He launched himself away from the balcony railing; leaped straight at the magic rope; clutched it; and so there he was, swinging in mid-air, the cook calling down imprecations from above, the Hindu echoing them from below. And be it mentioned-in Ahmed's favor or to his shame, exactly as you prefer-that he replied to both, impartially, vituperatively, enthusiastically, insult for insult and curse for curse."
A ripping yarn of old Baghdad by Achmed Abdullah. Abdullah is a fluent stylist with a wonderful turn of phrase. The language is flowery at times, but that is all part of the charm. Enjoyable Hollywood pulp fiction of yesteryear. Fun, exotic adventure. Three star literature, four star fun.