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Told in the Coffee House

Cyrus Adler

In the course of a number of visits to Constantinople, I became much interested in the tales that are told in the coffee houses. These are usually little more than rooms, with walls made of small panes of glass. The furniture consists of a tripod with a contrivance for holding the kettle, and a fire to keep the coffee boiling. A carpeted bench traverses the entire length of the room. This is occupied by turbaned Turks, their legs folded under them, smoking nargilehs or chibooks or cigarettes, and sipping coffee. A few will be engaged in a game of backgammon, but the majority enter into conversation, at first only in syllables, which gradually gives rise to a general discussion. Finally, some sage of the neighborhood comes in, and the company appeals to him to settle the point at issue. This he usually does by telling a story to illustrate his opinion. Some of the stories told on these occasions are adaptations of those already known in Arabic and Persian literature, but the Turkish mind gives them a new setting and a peculiar philosophy. They are characteristic of the habits, customs, and methods of thought of the people, and for this reason seem worthy of preservation. - Summary by Preface

In the course of a number of visits to Constantinople, I became much interested in the tales that are told in the coffee houses. These are usually little more than rooms, with walls made of small panes of glass. The furniture consists of a tripod with a contrivance for holding the kettle, and a fire to keep the coffee boiling. A carpeted bench traverses the entire length of the room. This is occupied by turbaned Turks, their legs folded under them, smoking nargilehs or chibooks or cigarettes, and sipping coffee. A few will be engaged in a game of backgammon, but the majority enter into conversation, at first only in syllables, which gradually gives rise to a general discussion. Finally, some sage of the neighborhood comes in, and the company appeals to him to settle the point at issue. This he usually does by telling a story to illustrate his opinion. Some of the stories told on these occasions are adaptations of those already known in Arabic and Persian literature, but the Turkish mind gives them a new setting and a peculiar philosophy. They are characteristic of the habits, customs, and methods of thought of the people, and for this reason seem worthy of preservation. - Summary by Preface
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In the course of a number of visits to Constantinople, I became much interested in the tales that are told in the coffee houses. These are usually little more than rooms, with walls made of small panes of glass. The furniture consists of a tripod with a contrivance for holding the kettle, and a fire to keep the coffee boiling. A carpeted bench traverses the entire length of the room. This is occupied by turbaned Turks, their legs folded under them, smoking nargilehs or chibooks or cigarettes, and sipping coffee. A few will be engaged in a game of backgammon, but the majority enter into conversation, at first only in syllables, which gradually gives rise to a general discussion. Finally, some sage of the neighborhood comes in, and the company appeals to him to settle the point at issue. This he usually does by telling a story to illustrate his opinion. Some of the stories told on these occasions are adaptations of those already known in Arabic and Persian literature, but the Turkish mind gives them a new setting and a peculiar philosophy. They are characteristic of the habits, customs, and methods of thought of the people, and for this reason seem worthy of preservation. - Summary by Preface

Language:

English

Narrators:

Crln Yldz Ksr

Length:

3h 48m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

17:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

12:32


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:28


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:42


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

11:51


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

17:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:39


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:31


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:56


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:10


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

17:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:30


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

10:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

02:35


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:53


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:13


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:46


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:42