The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

Book - 2012
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Features the rags-to-riches escapades of Hajji Baba, the lazy son of a barber, as he seeks his fortune... but only if it doesn't demand too much work of him.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2012].
ISBN: 9781153761000
Branch Call Number: MORIE
Characteristics: 175 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.

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humbleworm
Jan 07, 2018

James Moirier, the son of a British Consul in Constantinople, also became a diplomat and was appointed to the British Embassy in Persia for several years starting in 1807. Hajji Baba was wildly popular when first published in 1824 and I own an illustrated copy of this printed in 1937. I believe Moirier's intent was to portray as many aspects of Persian society at the time as possible so it's a rollercoaster of novel following the (mis)adventures of a young man setting out in the world to make his fortune. It reads a bit like Arabian Nights and should not be taken too seriously. (Note: sometimes it was published as 2 books and mine has 403 pages so I hope the library's copy isn't just the first half.)

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humbleworm thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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