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The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Excerpt from The Story of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves: An Extract From Dr. Weil's German Translation of the Arabian Nights All teachers of modern languages must feel the need of varying the reading-matter used in their elementary classes. Not only do they themselves tire of going over and over familiar ground, but their pupils are apt to con ceive a certain contempt for a language which they see represented, year after year, by the same two or three time-honored productions. The so-called literal transla tions, too, whose existence encourages great numbers of students to neglect their regular work, are sure to ap pear when the same selections are often repeated. In dealing with a language as rich in stories as is the Ger man, it would seem that the desired variety might easily be obtained. The di iculties of a choice, should, however, not be overlooked. It is not enough that a piece be easy and well written: in order to be perfectly successful, it must also suit the taste of the pupils who will use it; that is to say, if it be intended for American youths, it must be neither sad, nor sentimental, nor metaphysical.a preface. The following story from Dr. Gustav Weil's translation of the Arabian M'glzt: (stuttgart, r87 whatever objec tions may be made to it, certainly does not possess the undesirable qualities just mentioned. On the contrary, it furnishes not only good modern German of an easy kind, but a bright, interesting, uninterrupted narrative, such as novices in the study of a language are glad to find. The fact that most persons are already familiar with the tale does' not, it seems to me, impair its value as an exercise for beginners; at any rate, Grimm's Marc/zen, the most successful of all texts, are open to the same objection. The common English versions of the Arabian Nights, being taken from the French, scarcely resemble our text enough to serve as literal translations. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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