In a climate of perpetual political unrest, the famous Moderate Man is hanged, and pandemonium ensues, forcing the flight of the Royal Party and family, who encounter Arabs, exiled women, and pirates as they scheme to regain their kingdom
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Though published in England as two separate books, this one-volume edition incorporating Bagdad and The Prince of Stars gives coherence to an entertaining adventure story cum political satire. In medieval Bagdad, the Caliphate executes Salim bin Haubut, aka the Moderate Man, the symbol of social common sense. As a result, the left-leaning Ripe Fruit Party foments revolution. The city's empress flees for her life, along with the wimpish heir apparent (the eponymous prince of stars) and various hangers-on. The vestige of the court party is pursued by the vanguard of the "ripe fruits," who hope to wipe out the royal line. After many vicissitudes, the prince succeeds in destroying the revolutionaries, shedding some of his lassitude in the process, and returns to Bagdad as its ruler. This humorous send-up of political extremists is also a parody of Arabian literature, brimming with parables and inscrutable, amusing allusions to the ineffable "That Which Is Within."
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Book Description Overlook Hardcover, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Hardbound, with the DJ, AS NEW. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000151433
Book Description Overlook Hardcover 1989-02-01, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. The pages of this books are clean and unmarked. There is very little shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # 105196
Book Description Overlook Books, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0879512989