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The shepherd stepped aside and Karaibrahim passed on. Only now did I look at
the priest. Two blue eyes, enormous in the light, shone in his face. He looked
quite young and full of joie-de-vivre. I passed him on my horse, and he closed his
There passed three files of wretched slaves. The first file — maidens whose troth
was plighted, the second file — men in the prime of youth, the third file — newly
married brides. Manol's mother — no one knows her name — bore Manol at her ...
We passed through the first village and left it. We were riding across the valley
along the river. We entered the second village, Zagrad. Perhaps it was because I
was so tense, and my eyes were constantly turned inwards on myself, so as not
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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.