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The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith

The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith

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With a modest upbringing and an ordinary profession, Shibli considers himself to be an average Persian man. But when he discovers that he is the chosen one to free the nation from the vicious rule of their tyrant, Shagpat, Shibli is quickly thrown into the world of the extraordinary. Tasked with a quest to shave Shagpat’s magical hair, which allows the leader to rule unquestioned, Shibli, a barber, knows he has what it takes to complete the mission. Still, he needs help. Teaming up with an enchantress named Noorna, Shibli first must retrieve the magic sword to cut the tyrant’s hair. As his journey continues, Shibli meets a series of exotic characters, such as talking animals and genies. With magic on his side, Shibli must overcome the obstacles and defeat the Shagpat to fulfill his destiny and free the country.

Written to mimic Arabian folklore, The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith is whimsical, but smart. Combing poetry and prose, The Shaving of Shagpat is composed with beautiful language and wild imagery. With quests, magic, and epic battles, this fantasy excites and captures the imagination of its audience, while prompting contemplation. Featuring strong allegorical elements, The Shaving of Shagpat reflects the volatile political state of George Meredith’s time, yet is still applicable to modern politics and society. First published in 1856, The Shaving of Shagpat earned critical acclaim and was praised for its innovation. Now, over one-hundred and fifty years later, this George Meredith fantasy continues to delight audiences, fascinating with its imaginative and humorous narrative while capturing minds with its clever wit and allegory.

This edition of The Shaving of Shagpat by George Meredith features an eye-catching new cover design and is presented in a font that is both modern and readable. With these accommodations, this edition is accessible and appealing to contemporary audiences, restoring this historical fantasy to modern standards while preserving the original mastery of George Meredith’s work.

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