One Thousand and One Nights 4
July 20, 2008
Wow, here’s a volume I never thought would come. It’s not like, the best thing I’m reading right now, but it is pretty enjoyable. I like it okay, and I’m very glad it’s back.
I still really like the framing device, which is probably the best thing you can say about any sort of Arabian Nights setup. It was easy to get back into even after years had elapsed between volumes since the actual story is pretty simple and the bulk of what happens is the tale, this time a sort of retelling of the “Robe of Feathers” legend (which, again, I don’t know if that’s the real name for it or not, that’s just what it’s called in Tezuka’s Phoenix).
A woodcutter’s son lives a somewhat idyllic life with his father, mother, and new sister until a stranger shows up. The storyteller in the framing device feels that this will parallel the sultan’s situation (he finally pries the traumatic experience out of… the sultan’s brother, maybe), and yes, in the end, when we are told what happened to the sultan in his youth, there are some similarities. The story is a pretty good one, and very dark.
I’m not sure how many more volumes of the series there are (I would guess one or two more), but after the Sultan’s backstory was revealed, I’m ready for more of that over the stories next volume. Of course, I remember the stories always being the best part of this series, so I guess I’m just looking forward to the next