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The tones met their echoes, and the echoes returned to a new tone, while the
spruces rose like the spires of a cathedral, and their tops were outlined against
the sky like slender, black crosses. A sob rose in my breast, and I bent my head
I heard as in a dream the howling of the dogs, until at last I heard the bell of the
monastery ringing for matins. And I fell silent. Manol, too, said nothing. And when
I looked towards the window, the night seemed black to me, but when I rose and
The whirlpool roared and above it rose foam and spray, and in the mist a rainbow
appeared. But we did not look long on that marvel, and turned our eyes to the
valley, for it was even lovelier than a rainbow. Sloping meadows ran down to the
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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.