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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

10 review for Pan Michael - An Historical Novel of Poland, the Ukraine, and Turkey

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrodrick

    I did enjoy Pan Michael, but not as much as the earlier volumes in The Trilogy. Sienkiewicz is creative enough that you will rarely be that far ahead of the plot twists and never because you had no warning. Even if you do know what is coming, the details may not be what you expected. Having a warrior of a woman is a much needed relief from fainting, teary eyed motherly women that is every other female in the series. . The inclusion of a great warrior driven mad by the violence or war is another I did enjoy Pan Michael, but not as much as the earlier volumes in The Trilogy. Sienkiewicz is creative enough that you will rarely be that far ahead of the plot twists and never because you had no warning. Even if you do know what is coming, the details may not be what you expected. Having a warrior of a woman is a much needed relief from fainting, teary eyed motherly women that is every other female in the series. . The inclusion of a great warrior driven mad by the violence or war is another example of an unexpected, but rightly included plot point. This is a good book, but I was too often frustrated and urging the writer to move along. Pan Michael is the last of Henryk Sienkiewicz's trilogy variously known as the The Trilogy or as I prefer the Zagloba Romances. Over all I enjoyed the trilogy and recommend them to those willing to take on a few thousand pages of reading, all in an antique style and seeded with words from at least 5 languages. Each book is a high romance of swords and knightly war. Pan Michael is far more about romance as in between the upper class ladies and warrior men of nobility. The entire first half of Pan Michael is about the maneuvers of the heart. The now aging Zagloba, sometimes Falstafian drinker and blow-hard and also the Polish Ulysses, master of schemes focuses on the love life of his favorite knights. Pan Michael is the title character of this novel, also known as the little knight and the finest swordsman of the Polish Common wealth. He is certainly the central male character. Much of the book centers on a rather modern young lady Pani Basia often referred to as the haiduk (Bridand) . She is established as very non-traditional, having killed a marauder with duck shot some time before the novel's beginning. She is a skilled swordswoman and will take lessons from the little knight . Of all the women in the three novels, she will be the one of the strongest and most able to take care of herself and her man. One of the key dramatic moments will come later when she escapes from the evil minded love of a once trusted officer turned dangerous enemy. Almost exactly ½ way into Pan Michale, the book will leave the drawing room and move to a remote, and hastily built military outpost. We will have been told that this winter will be the end of a recent and brief period of relative peace following the expulsion of the Swedes recounted in book II of the Trilogy. A new war is to come returning the reader to the wilds of the Ukrainian wastes. Many of the same remote burned out locations first destroyed in book I. This war will combine the Cossacks and the Trucks in a massive invasion. Despite consistent and accurate intelligence from the far reaches of the Polish Commonwealth, the frontier is not getting needed reinforcements. The reader is carefully warned that the most our band of Polish Brothers can hope to achieve is to buy time. As in the earlier novel, Sienkiewicz writes very rich and richly detailed stories. The enemy is bad , but true to their own beliefs and systems. Warfare is brutal, with both sides willing to burn and slaughter if only to keep an approaching enemy from the benefits of captured stores. There is a vast amount of hands kissed with great violence. Mustaches are alternately twisted and twitching, and pressing of heavily clothed breasts to heavily clothed bosoms as lovers and family member weep and swear their love. Expect expositions on the many layers of feudal titles between the many populations , citizenships, military and civil titles. Much of it can become too much. A major plot driver in the first third of the book is an impending election of the new King. Zabloba is drawn into one of the inner circles determined to elect a Polish king. We never here who gets elected, which also means we are not told that the new Polish King is, as a matter of history , not that great. Ultimately the narrative style can be too elaborate, too detailed, too courtly, too much High Romance and too filled with what will be unimportant asides. Reading The Trilogy can be like reading your way through a vast over frosted wedding cake. Pan Michael gave me too many of these moments. Much is made of the young haiduk studying sword play form the "best swordsman in all of Poland". She will never be seen using this skill in a fight. The three books of the Zabloba Romances can be read, stand alone, but if you can work your way through this overly rich style, try for all three. My let down in book three is not so much as the sense of reward that you have fully appreciated the achievement of Henryk Sienkiewicz.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Velvetink

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  3. 4 out of 5

    Ben Novick

  4. 5 out of 5

    Igraine

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christine

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kate

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mamabuff

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nazire

  9. 5 out of 5

    Fivewincs

  10. 5 out of 5

    Krzysiek (Chris)

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