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Vathek (French, Hardcover): William Beckford

Vathek (French, Hardcover)

William Beckford

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: PKEFACE. The original of the following story, with some others of a similar kind, collected in the East by a man of letters, was communicated to the editor above three years ago. The pleasure he received from the perusal of it induced him at that time to transcribe, and since to translate it. How far the copy may be a just representation it becomes not him to determine. He presumes, however, to hope that if the difficulty of accommodating our English idioms to the Arabic, preserving the correspondent tones of a diversified narration, and discriminating the nicer touches of character through the shades of foreign manners be duly considered, a failure in some points will not preclude him from all claim to indulgence; especially if those images, sentiments, and passions, which, being independent of local peculiarities, may be expressed in every language, shall be found to retain their native energy in our own. chapter{Section 4VATHEK. Vathek, ninth caliph of the race of the Abas- sides, was the son of Motassem, and the grandson of Haroun al Easchid. From an early accession to the throne, and the talents he possessed to adorn it, his subjects were induced to expect that his reign would be long and happy. His figure was pleasing and majestic: but when he was angry, one of his eyes became so terrible, that no person could bear to behold it; and the wretch upon whom it was fixed, instantly fell backward, and sometimes expired. For fear, however, of depopulating his dominions, and making his palace desolate, he but rarely gave way to his anger. Being much addicted to women and the pleasures of the table, he sought by his affability to procure agreeable companions; and he succeeded the better as his generosity was unbounded and his indulgences unrestrained: for he did not think...


Imprint: Kessinger Publishing Co
Country of origin: United States
Release date: August 2009
First published: August 2009
Authors: William Beckford
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover - Sewn / Cloth over boards
Pages: 196
ISBN-13: 978-1-120-06882-8
Languages: French
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Romance > General
LSN: 1-120-06882-7
Barcode: 9781120068828

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