With fire and sword: An historical novel of Poland and Russia

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Little, Brown & Co., 1898 - Poland - 779 pages
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User Review  - nsenger - LibraryThing

With Fire and Sword must be one of the greatest historical epics you've never heard of. Set in the 17th century, and told from the Polish point of view, it recounts a Cossack uprising against the ... Read full review

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This book, and all this authors books (I've read about 4000 pages of this guy so far, but I still can't spell his name) are terrific reads. This one is the first of a set that it probably unique in ... Read full review

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Page 714 - Let it write of him, but not on the skin of Pan- Longin. And why doesn't he go out himself ? He has six toes on his feet, like every Calvinist, and he can walk better. I tell you, gentlemen, that it is getting worse and worse on earth, and Jabkovski is a true prophet when he says that the end of the world is near. Let us sit down awhile at the ramparts, and then go to the castle, so as to console ourselves with the company of our friend till evening at least." But Pan Longin, after confession and...
Page 783 - A capital story. The only modern romance with which it can be compared for fire, sprightliness, rapidity of action, swift changes. and absorbing interest is " The Three Musketeers
Page 723 - At the sight of the bows, and of the arrows poured out at the feet of his enemies from their quivers, Pan Longin saw that the moment of death was at hand, and he began the litany to the Most Holy Lady. It became still. The crowds restrained their breath, waiting for what would happen. The first arrow whistled, as Pan Longin was saying, " Mother of the Redeemer ! >( and it scratched his temple.
Page 782 - Quo VADIS." A Narrative of the Time of Nero. By HENRYK SIENKIEWICZ, author of "With Fire and Sword," " The Deluge,
Page 59 - ... you continue to cherish this fancy, and let it grow on you. Surely it is better for a man to have but one purpose in life. Nevertheless, I am open to conviction. " That reminds me that there is another matter on which I should like to say a few words to you when there is the chance. If there is a break in the current of your present negotiations, shall you have time to run up to London ? Only this : you will, I trust, not seek to see Natalie, or to write to her, until we have come to an understanding....
Page 713 - I'll give it to him in the face. O my God, my God! I thought the castellan of Belsk would restrain the prince, but he beat the drums still more. The hangman brought that heretic! 'History,
Page 716 - ... before the arrival of Yeremi, also covered with corpses; but some tens of steps farther on were those earth shelters, like stacks of hay in the darkness. But they were empty. Everywhere the deepest silence reigned,— nowhere a fire or a man; no one on that former square but the prostrate. Pan Longin began the prayer for the souls of the dead, and went on. The sounds of the Polish camp, which followed him to the second rampart, grew fainter and fainter, melting in the distance, till at last they...
Page 790 - Chicago Tribune. With him we view, appalled, Rome, grand and awful, in her last throes. The picture of the giant Ursus struggling with the wild animal is one that will always hold place with such literary triumphs as that of the chariot race in " Ben Hur." — Boston Courier. Mr. Curtin's English is so limpid and fluent that one finds it difficult to realize that he is reading a translation. — Philadelphia Church Standard. "QUO VADIS.
Page 717 - It is hard for them, but hard for us too," said some sleepy voice. "And how many good men of ours have bitten the dust!" " O Lord ! " said another voice, " they say the King is not far. What will become of us ? " "The Khan got angry with our father; and the Tartars threaten to take us, if there will be no other prisoners.
Page 723 - These words were his last on earth. The angels of heaven took his soul, and placed it as a clear pearl at the feet of the " Queen of the Angels. " BASIA WORKS A MIRACLE From 'Pan Michael.' Copyright 1893, by Jeremiah Curtin. Reprinted by permission of Little, Brown & Co., publishers [Pan Michael is in love with Krysia, but she loves Ketling; to him therefore Michael resigns her, while Basia sobs.] KETLING was so changed...

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