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Title:
The legend of the wandering king

Leyenda del rey errante. English
Title:
The legend of the wandering king [playaway]
Edition:
Unabridged.
Publisher Info:
Solon, OH : Playaway, Findaway World, LLC, [2007]
Physical Description:
1 audio media player (4.5 hrs.) : digital, HD light ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in.
General Note:
Originally released by Blackstone Audiobooks ℗2005.

Title from playaway device.

Issued on Playaway Light, a dedicated audio media player.

One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Abstract:
Motivated by jealousy and the desire to receive acclaim as a great poet, Walid ibn Huyr, a prince of ancient Arabia, commits acts which completely change the course of his life.

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Summary

Walid was a model prince, handsome, intelligent, and skilled in both warfare and poetry. But the kingdom boasted one greater poet than he, and out of jealousy Walid cursed the man to create an impossible work of art: a carpet showing the history of the entire human race. The poet died weaving it. Men went mad seeing it. And when it is stolen, Walid discovers his life's quest: to recover the carpet and earn forgiveness for his mistakes. His journey across the deserts of the Middle East leads him from a tribe of fierce bandits to a beautiful woman and finally to his own surprising destiny.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-9-Walid is a prince who fancies himself a poet. Each year he enters a competition, but for three years in a row, he is beaten by an unknown carpet weaver. In a fit of jealousy Walid curses his rival, giving him the impossible task of creating a carpet showing the history of the entire human race. The poet achieves this task, but dies in the effort. The enchanted carpet is said to have the power to drive men insane. When it is stolen, Walid embarks on an obsessive quest: to find the carpet and to prevent further damage from occurring. He hopes that by so doing he might be forgiven for his youthful errors. This story has an epic sweep reminiscent of a movie like Lawrence of Arabia, and also reminds me of one of my very favorite books of all time-Barbara Cohen and Bahija Lovejoy's Seven Daughters and Seven Sons (S & S, 1982), which is also an epic quest, with a historical Middle Eastern setting. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. Before the days of Mohammed and Islam, Arabian prince Walid dreams of being a poet. He organizes an annual contest but loses each year to a humble carpet weaver, Hammad. Bitterly jealous, the prince punishes his rival with impossible tasks, which Hammad miraculously accomplishes, including weaving a carpet containing the entire history of the human race. The enchanted rug drives its viewers to madness, though, and after it is stolen, an older, repentant prince, fearful of the damage it causes, sets out to find it. As he journeys through Bedouin lands and distant cities, the prince continuously reinvents himself, falls in love, and finds the soul and heart missing in his early poems. Spanish author Garcia writes a captivating, magical tale--a combination of original legend, philosophical meditation, romance, and adventure--steeped in rich cultural specifics, defined in a note and a glossary. Readers will enjoy the thoughtful ruminations on fate and consequence as much as the thrilling, magical action, and they will recognize Walid's course of self-discovery: try many identities on for size. --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2005 Booklist


Excerpts

Excerpts

Walid was a model prince, handsome, intelligent, and skilled in both warfare and poetry. But the kingdom boasted one greater poet than he, and out of jealousy Walid cursed the man to create an impossible work of art: a carpet showing the history of the entire human race. The poet died weaving it. Men went mad seeing it. And when it is stolen, Walid discovers his life's quest: to recover the carpet and earn forgiveness for his mistakes. His journey across the deserts of the Middle East leads him from a tribe of fierce bandits to a beautiful woman and finally to his own surprising destiny.Inspired by the true story of a real prince of pre-Islamic Arabia, The Legend of the Wandering King is an original historical fantasy and an utterly thrilling adventure. Excerpted from The Legend of the Wandering King by Laura Gallego García All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.