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Pan Michael: An Historical Novel of Poland, the Ukraine, and Turkey Hardcover – January 31, 1969

ISBN-13: 978-0837102276 ISBN-10: 0837102278 Edition: New ed of 1898 ed

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 527 pages
  • Publisher: A Greenwood Press Reprint; New ed of 1898 ed edition (January 31, 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837102278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837102276
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,146,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's prose is rich and the characters real and animated.
Sonia Campbell-Gillies
Though the motivations of the Turks are handled with far more brevity, Sienkiewicz shows equal respect to the religious piety of his Muslim characters.
Karl Janssen
I could not put it down for the three days it took me to read it.
D Montgommery

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Scott Zachary on September 23, 2002
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful read, "Pan Michael" rounds out the Trilogy that has bridged stylistic centuries and proven there is an ageless recipe for plot, drama, character and objective. NO reader, regardless of ethnic background can fail to feel for the incredibly detailed main characters in this novel, such as Pan Michael or the daring woman, Basha. Action is not stinted and combines with the other elements in this colorful and sweeping epic to demonstrate history in one of the least well-documented areas of 17th century Europe. In Poland and Lithuania, where the edges of three great religions, and dozens of ethnic groups ebbed and flowed over the multicolored plains in endless kaleidescopes of struggle, Sinkiewicz paints a vast landscape of dramatic and epic action. He does this without losing the artist's eye for color or the political opportunist's artful demonstration of back-room dealings and rationales used by the shakers and movers of the novel's time-period (for it IS an historical novel). Not only is this clearly done with analogies for the time in which the novel was written (pointed examples clearly exist to parallel conditions in 19th century occupied Poland), but it resonantes with us in our hearts across the intervening century-plus, and in this, or any great republic. There is no doubt the reader will be more curious about the history of the period, and will want to read the other two novels in The Trilogy (With Fire and Sword, and The Deluge), but this is a stand-alone novel as well. The other books do not need to be read, but if I could impose upon the reader only one bit of advice: all of these books are precious, and they are in chronological order.Read more ›
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on May 16, 2012
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Pan Michael is the third volume in what is simply known as "The Trilogy," a series of three historical war epics by Polish Nobel Prize winner Henryk Sienkiewicz. Published in 1888, this book completes the saga that began in With Fire and Sword and continued in The Deluge. Originally titled Pan Wolodyjowski, it has also been published in English under the title Fire in the Steppe. The title character, Michael Volodyovski, was a supporting character in the first two books; here he finally gets a starring role. (This review is based on the English translation by Jeremiah Curtin, so I am using his spellings of proper names.) The story takes place from 1668 to 1673, during a war between the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Ottoman Empire.

This final volume of Sienkiewicz's spectacular trilogy differs from the first two installments in that, for most of the book, warfare takes a back seat to romance. Like the two previous books, Pan Michael is an epic adventure of love threatened by war, so the first order of business is to find a love interest for Michael. At the end of The Deluge, he was engaged to Anusia Borzobogati, but, perhaps because Sienkiewicz didn't feel she was a sympathetic enough character, she dies of a mysterious illness in chapter one. Stricken by grief, love is the last thing on Michael's mind, but the indomitable Pan Zagloba makes it his personal mission to find a new bride for his old friend. The first twenty chapters of Pan Michael constitute a sort of self-contained romance novel worthy of Balzac or Anthony Trollope. Michael, the "little knight" renowned as the finest swordsman in all the Commonwealth, doesn't see any combat until about halfway through the book, but once he unsheathes his sword sparks fly and blood flows.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Lily Raines on April 7, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Pan Michael, like any Sienkiewicz work, is a wonderful read due to its prose, his wonderful characterization and due to his ability to bring color to his works.
Reading Pan Michael, like reading Teutonic Knights or Fire and Sword, is like opening a doorway into another time......this particular time....medieval Poland. Stepping through this doorway, you encounter all of the sights, the sounds and the lives of the characters within.
I highly recommend Pan Michael, and any other book you may find by Sienkiewicz.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Celine on November 6, 2012
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Call me an oddball, but I really love the old style of writing, and this author really rings the bell for me. The prose is so rich. The insights into human thought, feeling and motivations are entrancing. I first read OF FIRE AND SWORD, then followed up with the other two volumes of the story, THE DELUGE, Volumes I and II. I'm now into the continuation, PAN MICHAEL. I'm of Austro/Hungarian descent and live in a community largely of Polish, Russian and Hungarian roots, so the history means a lot to me. The love stories are woven into the history of wars and conquerers and political intrigue in the history of Poland. By far the best of around 70 books I've read this year. And free, to boot. Can't beat that with a stick :)

Please comment on this review to share your thoughts if you pick up these books. I'd be pleased for other recommendations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phred on January 29, 2015
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Bottom Line First:
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.
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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) .
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