Free e-books everywhere and which one to pick and read. Alas I have returned to the glowing pages of my kindle to find works of classic literature and see if they’re worth my time. This time, I dive into the world of folk tales with Ali Baba and The Forty thieves.
This book’s earliest written example is disputed, but the most well known example of it exists in One Thousand and One Nights by European translators, Antoine Galland. The tale had been modified and manipulated somewhat, but in general the core stays the same.
Outside of the main character’s name and ‘open sesame’ I knew nothing of this book and before reading it, never gave it much thought. The concept is simple, Ali Baba is a poor woodcutter who finds a thieves’ cave of riches and his female slave helps him fend off the bandits. Easy enough, but I was entertained to no end by this book.
Morgiana, Ali Baba’s female slave steals the show here. I loved her from her first interactions with any of the characters. She is the strong, smart style of female character that would do Joss Wheaton proud. She continually saves Ali Baba though quick thinking and cunning. She made this book for me, hands down.
The lack of a moral compass is also refreshing in this tale. No real villain or hero is established, leaving the reader to choose the sides of right and wrong. It is just characters who react to one another. This book was a nice surprise to me and I can see how it continues to capture the minds and demand adaptations.
Overall, a fun read with entertaining characters and well worth the hour it takes to complete this short story.