Khaled: A Tale of Arabia
Cover of first edition
|Author||F. Marion Crawford|
|Publisher||Macmillan and Co.|
Published in English
|Media type||Print (Hardcover)|
Khaled: A Tale of Arabia is a fantasy novel by F. Marion Crawford. It was first published in hardcover by Macmillan and Co. in 1891. Its importance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its reissuing by Ballantine Books as the thirty-ninth volume of the celebrated Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in December, 1971. The Ballantine edition includes an introduction by Lin Carter.
The novel is an oriental romance written in the style of the Arabian Nights.
From the cover blurb of the Ballantine edition: "Khaled is a hardworking, conscientious djinn, a true believer working industriously in the service of Allah. So industriously in fact that he rather oversteps the mark and causes the demise of a certain non-believer, and as a result, is condemned to being human for a while. In the company of a superlatively gorgeous princess, of course.
"She, However, in her own gentle, obedient and docile way (she is after all a true Arabian wife) is as stubborn as a mule..."
Khaled has no soul - but he is offered one chance: if his wife comes to love him, despite his lack of a soul, he will become fully human.
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