The Shaving of Shagpat

The Shaving of Shagpat 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 th

  • Title: The Shaving of Shagpat
  • Author: George Meredith
  • ISBN: 9781592243396
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 kiIt 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 fingernails of men and traced in their corner robes

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    1. "O Youth, thou hast been thwacked!"It's lines like that which convinced me to read this. I like the whole "Arabian Nights" style - the story-within-a-story, although this only happens twice, if I remember correctly (which is okay, the s-w-a-s thing usually gets taken too far no! whatever you do, don't ask him to tell you a story!)Yeah, I liked it. Meredith did pretty well for a white guy. It was spiced with little dashes of poetry, embellished with fal-de-rals and funiculars, arabesques of genii [...]

    2. 150 year old Arabian Nights pastiche -- almost unreadably florid prose. To quote from the very first page: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 andbottled by her, is it not known as 'twere written on the finger-nails of men and traced in their corner-robes? As [...]

    3. Interesting Victorian psychedelia, at times wearying in its Arabian Nights conceit, but on the whole surprisingly entertaining. "…for the mastery of an Event lasteth among men the space of one cycle of years, and after that a fresh Illusion springeth to befool mankind, and the Seven must expend the concluding half-cycle in preparing the edge of the Sword for a new mastery."

    4. Filled with wild, magical imagery. I really enjoyed this book but found it difficult to follow. The baroque/comic Arabian Nights language can be hard to unravel but definitely worth the effort.

    5. A charming Arabian Nights fantasy in which a barber discovers he is the chosen one destined to carry out the title feat and remove a mystic talisman of great power from Shagpat's hirsute face. Lush, colorful language adds to the fun, though Meredith (whose previous book had been poetry) has a few too many poems in.

    6. this is my first reading of anything george meredith has written and so far so good. this was an enjoyable, light fiction well worth my time but then i enjoy literature that lasts. good summer reading.

    7. Noorna-bin-Noorka is Shibli's HGA. She helps him fulfill his true will. When Shibli deviates from her guidance he gets thwacked. That is my Thelemic perspective on the book.

    8. The forced archaism heavily distracts from a novel that is otherwise rich in quirky marvels.I'm not usually one to complain about a little verbosity or empurpled prose but even I strained to get through this one. It may have some historical value, sure, but The Shaving of Shagpat has aged about as well as old yogurt.

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