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The Shaving of Shagpat; an Arabian entertainment — Volume 1   By: (1828-1909)

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In this captivating tale, George Meredith weaves a rich and fantastical world filled with magic, adventure, and humorous characters. The story follows the bumbling barber, Shibli Bagarag, on his journey to shave the infamous and all-powerful sorcerer, Shagpat. Along the way, Shibli encounters trials and challenges that test his wit and courage, making for a delightful and entertaining read.

Meredith's writing is both whimsical and engaging, drawing readers into a world that feels both familiar and otherworldly. The characters are vibrant and memorable, each adding their own unique flavor to the story. The pacing is brisk, with plenty of twists and turns to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Overall, The Shaving of Shagpat is a delightful romp through a magical world that is sure to charm readers of all ages. With its clever writing and engaging characters, this book is a joy to read from beginning to end.

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This etext was produced by Pat Castevans and David Widger

THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT

By George Meredith

AN ARABIAN ENTERTAINMENT

1898/1909

CONTENTS:

THE THWACKINGS THE STORY OF BHANAVAR THE BEAUTIFUL THE BETROTHAL PUNISHMENT OF SHAHPESH, THE PERSIAN, ON KHIPIL, THE BUILDER THE GENIE KARAZ THE WELL OF PARAVID THE HORSE GARRAVEEN THE TALKING HAWK GOORELKA OF OOLB THE LILY OF THE ENCHANTED SEA STORY OF NOORNA BIN NOORKA, THE GENIE KARAZ, AND THE PRINCESS OF OOLB THE WILES OF RABESQURAT THE PALACE OF AKLIS THE SONS OF AKLIS THE SWORD OF AKLIS KOOROOKH THE VEILED FIGURE THE BOSOM OF NOORNA THE REVIVAL THE PLOT THE DISH OF POMEGRANATE GRAIN THE BURNING OF THE IDENTICAL THE FLASHES OF THE BLADE CONCLUSION

THE SHAVING OF SHAGPAT

BOOK I.

THE THWACKINGS THE STORY OF BHANAVAR THE BEAUTIFUL

THE THWACKINGS

It was ordained that Shibli Bagarag, nephew to the renowned Baba Mustapha, chief barber to the Court of Persia, should shave Shagpat, the son of Shimpoor, the son of Shoolpi, the son of Shullum; and they had been clothiers for generations, even to the time of Shagpat, the illustrious.

Now, the story of Shibli Bagarag, and of the ball he followed, and of the subterranean kingdom he came to, and of the enchanted palace he entered, and of the sleeping king he shaved, and of the two princesses he released, and of the Afrite held in subjection by the arts of one and bottled by her, is it not known as 'twere written on the finger nails of men and traced in their corner robes? As the poet says:

Ripe with oft telling and old is the tale, But 'tis of the sort that can never grow stale... Continue reading book >>


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