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Then Elitsa looked at Manol's face and stopped. Since the autumn, when I had
seen her last, she had matured by a year, and now, as Manol looked at her, she
matured by yet another year. She dropped her eyelids, so that I did not see her ...
And the wind was warm, and whichever way we looked we saw the fiery ring
which surrounded the heart of Rhodopa. There were clouds above us, and
between the clouds and the glow of the fires there was a strip of red sky. And
there the red ...
I looked at her. And she was so beautiful that f felt my throat go dry, and my
breath stop, and my jaws stiffen. And when I remembered Manol's face as he
looked upon her, and I realized that it was not desire that had been in his heart,
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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.