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The slopes of the mountains opposite grew round and soft, veiled by the light, like
a woman's body by a thin garment. Three lonely crooked pine trees stood forward
and grew black, and the moon behind them shone forth. A light, white mist ...
And the sun was lost and the water ran down the stone, so that it became dark
and cool, and terrible, and the voice of the waters grew deep and dull. And the bit
of soil on which green grasses grew and on which the sun shone, and from which
I froze on the spot, my sweat grew icy and I felt that I was wet through. The man
fell at my feet, embraced my knees and began to weep; 'Pasha ! Pasha ! My
daughter !' Other men jumped out, too, and they, too, lay down on the meadow.
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Earth and Sky shattering book !!!! I read it in Bulgarian my mother's tongue.... I had no idea Bulgaria had a living Literary Giant of the caliber of Kazantzakis... Makes one think if Bulgaria has given birth to men of the caliber of Manol, the main protagonist of the book and movie, then this nation will rise.... I have been fishing in the Rhodope mountain lakes as a kid and they are truly magical... but after I read this book, I started to look at that region of the world with an entirely different outlook... I plan to visit villages in that region and meet people and take photos....
Rami E. Kremesti M.Sc.
One of the best books I have read. It should be historical, but I think is about a values of life and faith. Three brothers one converted in Islam, the other two are still Christians - ready to lose them life, but sticking in its predecessors' religion. They received more support from them Islamic neighbors then coming up rapists. The destiny is curving in different aspects, but the end is loaded with a lot of hope.
It is worth reading this book.