“Luke Yarbrough is to be congratulated for a very fine piece of philological scholarship combining [a] first-class edition with a wonderful translation.”
—Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
"[An] elegant and well-edited bilingual edition."
—Times Literary Supplement
“An amazing narrative that combines erudition, poetry, belles lettres, history, law, and anecdotal accounts into a compelling work.”
"A very reader-friendly modern English version of this mediaeval Arabic text . . . Yarbrough's informative introduction usefully situates the book both in its own time and in terms of the later uses that have been made of it. . . Yarbrough's fine translation allows the contemporary English-speaking reader to hear the full range of its author's wheedling, monomaniacal voice."