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30 review for The Deluge, Vol. II. (of 2) An Historical Novel of Poland, Sweden, and Russia

  1. 5 out of 5

    James Burns

    The Deluge Volume I was a great experience and a walk through the 17th century Poland during the Swedish invasion of 1655-1657. While reading Volume I of The Deluge and after reading With Fire and Sword - the first book in Henryk Sienkiewicz's Trilogy - in W. S. Kuniczak's modern translation, I was reminded of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, which happens to be my favorite book of all time. The first two books of this trilogy are very close seconds. When you read books like these where the characte The Deluge Volume I was a great experience and a walk through the 17th century Poland during the Swedish invasion of 1655-1657. While reading Volume I of The Deluge and after reading With Fire and Sword - the first book in Henryk Sienkiewicz's Trilogy - in W. S. Kuniczak's modern translation, I was reminded of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, which happens to be my favorite book of all time. The first two books of this trilogy are very close seconds. When you read books like these where the characters are emblazon in your conscience and the writing transports you from your world into the story that he is telling, you are meeting every character and living and personally experiencing every adventure as you are walking with them. Volume I was such an experience that I can't wait to start Volume II as soon as I finish this review. The Deluge is a love story between a man and a woman, and also a love story between men and their country. It is also a story of deception and betrayal and of loyalties kept and broken. Of the king of Poland who is fighting for his survival and the survival of his nation. While he is being attacked and defeated by Russia and The Khmelnytsky Cossacks and the Swedish Deluge (invasion) and the treasonous acts of high ranking nobles and government officials by switching allegiances and surrendering their domains and their subjects to the king of Sweden. The Deluge Volume I begins about the time of the Sedish invasion, where we are introduced to the historical chapters such as Janusz and Boguslaw Radziwill, cousins and both Polish-Lithuanian nobles, who betray their king and surrender and switch their allegiance to the Swedish King. And the fictional characters of Andrei Kmiti and the beautiful olenka and their love story that is wrought with obstacles an crimes committed by Andrei who is a brave and courageous soldier who loses his way a few times and finally finds his true north. There are other fictional characters that are loyal to thier king, who will inspire you by their loyalty, decency and courage and bravery. Volume I ends during the siege of the sacred monastery of Jasna Gora defended by the valiant Father kordetzky and Andrei Kmiti and Pan Pyotr Tcharnyetzky. If you love to read historical fiction, you have to read this book. On a personal note, I try Not to give away to much in my reviews about the meat of the story, I try to give enough so that you will want to read it yourself and discover all of the fruits for yourself The Deluge Volume II Volume II takes us from the Siege of the sacred monastery Yasna Gora by the Swedish General Mueller and the defense of the monastery and withdrawal by the Swedish after their only big siege gun was blown up by Kmiti/Babaneck and his capture and eventual escape. This is the beginning of the end of the Swedish occupation of the Polish Commonwealth. The author is a great story teller, this historical fiction at its best. The battles are realistic and historically accurate. There are fiction characters that play a major role in every battle, under the command of the historical characters who are true to history. If you are a history buff, you probably already know the outcome of the war, if not, then I don't know a better way to find out than to read the book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Moira

    Is this an objective review of the book's literary merits? No. I'm going into full presentism mode here. But it's an accurate account of my experience with it, which in my humble opinion is still valuable. Volume I of the Deluge was better (yes I'm rating them separately even though they're 'the same work'). This one lost my attention somewhere in the middle and required a lot more work to get through. I really dislike Kmita (side note did not particularly appreciate the "translated" names), and Is this an objective review of the book's literary merits? No. I'm going into full presentism mode here. But it's an accurate account of my experience with it, which in my humble opinion is still valuable. Volume I of the Deluge was better (yes I'm rating them separately even though they're 'the same work'). This one lost my attention somewhere in the middle and required a lot more work to get through. I really dislike Kmita (side note did not particularly appreciate the "translated" names), and we're stuck with him for a lot more of Volume II. I understand that the second book is supposed to complete his redemption arc because he starts fighting for the "right side," but it's so incredibly violent that I can't say he won me over. There's also an increase in occaisonal casual 19th century racism in this volume that particularly made Kmita's character more problematic and irredeemable. We get a SECOND significant female character for part two... radical stuff! Overall, this book was just too aggressively male and too aggressively violent for my taste. But I gave it four stars, so obviously I didn't hate all of it! The battle scenes were written in a compelling, page-turning style, and their stomach churning nature could be seen as a positive in the genre. I really like the descriptive style the book is written in, simultaneously both sprawling in scope and incredibly detailed. It has a very cinematic tone, which works for the war epic genre and doesn't feel overwrought. I enjoyed the ways that characters' relationships were further developed beyond the first volume. Parts of this volume (Pan Zagloba) actually made me laugh, which I can't say happens often with too many books. SO overall, I'm glad I read it. Just not planning on doing a reread any time soon.

  3. 4 out of 5

    alex

    OWLs 2020 #8 • arithmancy • i do be a slut for soroka tbh

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ritiel

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In this second part of "The Deluge" the history gains more theaters for the current war against Sweden, as well as become more focused on Kmicic. And, he does not disappoints the reader. The story contemplates his definetely conversion to the side of the Republic, his transformation to a decent and honorable man, while his love for Olenka continues strong. Concerning the war, the story represents a turnabout of the events. The szlachta and the peasants "awake" and starts massive rebellions agains In this second part of "The Deluge" the history gains more theaters for the current war against Sweden, as well as become more focused on Kmicic. And, he does not disappoints the reader. The story contemplates his definetely conversion to the side of the Republic, his transformation to a decent and honorable man, while his love for Olenka continues strong. Concerning the war, the story represents a turnabout of the events. The szlachta and the peasants "awake" and starts massive rebellions against the swedish occupation, whilst the king negociate and congregate forces to return to the country. The nobles that remained loyal to the crown grows stronger and their armies obtain several important victories against the traitors and the invaders.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Second volume of Henryk Sienkiewicz's trilogy. The central character is Adrzej Kmicic, chorąży (Standard bearer), who comes to marry Oleńska Billewiczówna according to the last will of her grandfather, Herakliusz Billewicz. After engagement with Oleńka Kmicic takes side of Radziwiłłs - powerful magnate clan supporting Swedish in their military invasion on Poland. When gentry and his fiancee consider him as a traitor for this, Kmicic decides to clear his name. Under the false name - Babinicz - he Second volume of Henryk Sienkiewicz's trilogy. The central character is Adrzej Kmicic, chorąży (Standard bearer), who comes to marry Oleńska Billewiczówna according to the last will of her grandfather, Herakliusz Billewicz. After engagement with Oleńka Kmicic takes side of Radziwiłłs - powerful magnate clan supporting Swedish in their military invasion on Poland. When gentry and his fiancee consider him as a traitor for this, Kmicic decides to clear his name. Under the false name - Babinicz - he takes part in defence of Jasna Góra monastery, guards king Jan Kazimierz and fights barvely with the enemies til the end of war. Very good lecture.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Ziebro

    I do not rate it 1 star for the original work by Sienkiewicz in Polish, but for the terrible decision to translate all the names and places phonetically by Kuniczak. Andrzej becomes Andrei? Czestochowa is Tchenstohova??? And so forth. What a terrible decision to bastardize all these beautiful Polish words. I couldn't enjoy the book because of it. I should have stopped reading immediately and changed to a different translated edition.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bogdan

    Interesting and in the same line started by volume 1, but way too long for my taste. I was on the verge of abandoning the lecture somewhere around 70%. But I finally managed to finish it and I am keeping my thoughts for the final review I will do after finishing volume 3. Review for all 3 volumes can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show.... Interesting and in the same line started by volume 1, but way too long for my taste. I was on the verge of abandoning the lecture somewhere around 70%. But I finally managed to finish it and I am keeping my thoughts for the final review I will do after finishing volume 3. Review for all 3 volumes can be found at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show....

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cristina Darabut

    Good book, well written and well documented. The translation seems pretty ok. However the topic is too much detailed. It would be of help to a screenwritter as it captures so many angles, but why read 500+ pages to know they struggled a lot and led so.many fights?! I should choose better next time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Isaac Timm

    918 pages, a deluge indeed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

    This old translation is inferior to the modern version. I'd suggest obtaining the newer one if possible.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lelde

  12. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pavle Orbovic

  14. 5 out of 5

    Carona

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kamil

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jakub Czaja

  17. 4 out of 5

    Michal Gradecki

  18. 5 out of 5

    Мартин Кадънков

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michał Szczęśniak

  20. 4 out of 5

    Robert Babecka

  21. 5 out of 5

    Michal Hubka

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ewa

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ania

  24. 5 out of 5

    Voitek

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hanussen

  26. 4 out of 5

    Shimon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joseph

  28. 4 out of 5

    Adrian Piotrowski

  29. 4 out of 5

    Leszek

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marek Kaminski

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