Item description for On the Field of Glory by Jeremiah Curtin Henryk Sienkiewicz...
1906. Regarded as the most outstanding and prolific Polish writer of the second half of the nineteenth century, the 1905 Nobel Prize winner, Henryk Sienkiewicz is perhaps best known for his epic historical novel Quo Vadis, which depicts early Christianity and the persecutions. Sienkiewicz was known for his gigantic scenes, bright contrasts and the epic sweep of his works. He was a master in creating mass-action scenes and battles. On the Field of Glory, his last published book, begins with an adventure as a party rides through deep snow at night east of Radom, in the heart of Poland, and is suddenly confronted by wild boars and hungry wolves ready to devour people and horses. A dramatic rescue follows, and we are introduced to Sienkiewicz's typical nobles. In the Kozienice Wilderness we meet Pan Pagowski, an insufferable snob; and the Bukojemski brothers, a bunch of rascals. Aniulka Sininska is a typical Polish young beauty, always helpless in Sienkiewicz's writings, and Jacek Taczewski is her hero. Sienkiewicz was adept at combining truth with fiction, and thus we find fictional names interspersed with those of real ones. The novel ends rather abruptly as the Polish army moves towards Vienna. See other titles by this author available from Kessinger Publishing.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.58" Width: 5.64" Height: 0.87" Weight: 0.85 lbs.
Publisher Ross & Perry, Inc.
ISBN 1932080171 ISBN13 9781932080179
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Reviews - What do customers think about On the Field of Glory?
Linguistic Glory May 22, 2005
This book is written beautifully and patriotically, you find yourself wanting to postpone evrything around you so can immerse you totally in the book a well written novel by the master story teller sienkiewicz definatly a keeper you will read it again Have a good day
When Poland saved Western civilization Feb 22, 2002
Countries have a long history of ingratitude towards those who save them from peril. This book, in fictional form, was the first part of a planned trilogy detailing how the Polish army under King Jan Sobieski rescued the Western world from the encroachment of the Turks, by relieving the siege of Vienna in 1683. Without that victory, our entire history would probably have changed. What thanks did Poland receive for this tremendous accomplishment? It was dismembered by the very countries it had saved! Sienkiewicz was a fine writer, unfortunately nearly unknown in these times. This is a robust work, but there is a dominant theme of patriotism infusing his characters. Rarely is love of country shown so clearly as in this work. It is also a love story, and a well-told one at that. The book has Sienkiewicz's usual elements: star-crossed lovers, strudy and loyal heroes, hissable villans, and characters who offer welcome comic relief. The writing is a bit old fashioned at times, but the patriotic feeling with which it was written practically leaps off the page at you. This book is much shorter than Sienkiewicz's other works that I have read, but its brevity does not diminish its impact.
I wish the trilogy had been written! May 17, 2000
First of all, as much as I love this book, I'd suggest that the first Henryk Sienkiewicz book a person should read be either Quo Vadis or With Fire and Sword. They are long but worth it. This book - incredible as it is - is almost just a fragment compared with the giant scale and spirit of his other books that I've read. Even so, it is head and shoulders above most literature in so many ways.
You really get a sense of the times from Sienkiewicz, and this book is no exception. The descriptions of the armies and the countryside and the people in them establish a very concrete setting. Even so, Sienkiewicz infuses everything in the book with thematic relevance, but it is all done so very subtly that only gradually does the reader cumulatively percieve what the author wants him to understand. This must have been very difficult to accomplish, but he makes it seem effortless.
All the characterizations are centered on ideals and you come to know the people in the story through what they stand for and do. It hardly matters what any character's goal is. What's important here is the idealism and purity - or lack thereof - with which they pursue those goals. The heroes are extremely idealized, and the villians are predatory and evil. The "damsel in distress" is not typecast as a ditz. She is a full participant in the action - almost the main character - and her nobility is played off to great advantage against the trials she goes through. It's hard to resist such larger than life portrayals. Plus, the action is fast paced and always interesting.
Admitedly, this novel was the first of a planned trilogy that Sienkiewicz never completed and it shows a little. On the Field of Glory stands on its own, but it is still just a first act. Jacek's character is probably developed more fully in what would have been book two. In On the Field of Glory, we see powerful, passionate people who are being swept up into a greater conflict, but we do not get to see that greater conflict.
An excellent book that stands on its own, but it's a great loss to world literature that Sienkiewicz couldn't complete the trilogy!