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The Sea-Hawk

Rafael Sabatini

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The Sea Hawk is a novel by Rafael Sabatini. The story is set in the late 16th century, and concerns a Cornish sea-faring gentleman, Sir Oliver Tressilian, who is villainously betrayed by a jealous brother. After being forced to serve as a slave on a Spanish galley, Sir Oliver is liberated by Barbary pirates. He joins the pirates under the name “Sakr-el-Bahr”, the hawk of the sea, and swears vengeance against his brother. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . trading with them, bartering human freights for spices and eastern carpets and the like."

Master Lionel breathed hard. "'Tis a horrible fate, is't not?"

The captain stroked his beard. "Yet 'tis the only really safe bestowal, and when all is said 'tis not so horrible as hanging, and certainly less dishonouring to a man's kin. Ye'ld be serving Sir Oliver and yourself."

"'Tis so, tis so," cried Master Lionel almost fiercely. "And the price?"

The seaman shifted on his short, sturdy legs, and his face grew pensive. "A hundred pound?" he suggested tentatively.

"Done with you for a hundred pounds," was the prompt answer—so prompt that Captain Leigh realized he had driven a fool's bargain which it was incumbent upon him to amend.

"That is, a hundred pound for myself," he corrected slowly. "Then there be the crew to reckon for—to keep their counsel and lend a hand; 'twill mean another hundred at the lea. . . Read More

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Rafael Sabatini! Oh, this generation doesn't even KNOW. This is a classic swashbuckling novel by the author of Captain Blood, and it is deliciously over the top. Handsome, powerful Oliver Tressilian, in love with the fair Rosamund, is working to overcome the opposition that Rosamund's sleazy brother

I first came to Rafael Sabatini through his excellent 1922 pirate novel Captain Blood, and then read his fine 1921 swashbuckling tale, Scaramouche. Continuing this journey through Sabatini's novels, I've just completed his 1915 pirate intrigue, The Sea-Hawk. The Sea-Hawk doesn't disappoint, living u

Sabatini seems so far to have a pattern to his writing. His stories stop when the hero has his happy ending and justice has been delivered to his villains, i.e., actual scumbags for whom there is very little sympathy from the reader. In all three books, there is also the woman who misunderstands the

Having already read two of Sabatini's previous works, Captain Blood and Scaramouche, this book was enjoyable but really predictable (view spoiler)[(its hero is a falsely-condemned man who becomes a slave, then a captain who must engage in a constant war of wits against his own supposed allies and eventually overco (hide spoiler)]

Като дете всичките ми любими романи бяха с герои мъже/момчета (изключвам Пипи). Дали стигаха звездите, попадаха на необитаем остров, обикаляха света и африканските пустини или си пробиваха пътя из мръсните викториански лондонски улици, все тая. Беше жестоко! Женските персонажи, доколкото присъстваха

I have a bit of a weakness for swashbuckling tales of adventure, and I think it’s fair to say that the greatest writer of such stories in the English language was Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950). And The Sea Hawk, originally published in 1915, is generally regarded as one of his finest works.

Sabatini wa

রাফায়েল সাবতিনি এর লেখা আগে পড়ি নি । যদিও অনুবাদ পড়েছি কিন্তু স্বীকার করতে বাধা নেই যে এমন রোমাঞ্চ উপন্যাস আগে কখনো পড়িনি । উপন্যাসটাই টুইস্টে ভরপুর। এক টানে পুরো ৪২৯ পাতা মন্ত্র মুগ্ধের মত পড়েছি । আর অনুবাদক ইসমাইল আরমান ও যথার্থ গুণের পরিচয় দিয়েছেন । এই বইটি রাফায়েল সাবতিনি এর সবচেয়ে বিখ্

Sometimes roots of all evil lies within mankind, equally as a species.

I won't say anything but that, because I try to respect both men and women equally, but ... Well, read the story and you shall understand what I mean.

The Sea-Hawk, indeed, was a epic saga. So much story within one book, so ma

Buddy read with Bettie, Hayes (?) and Wanda.

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Sakr-el-Bahr, the hawk of the sea, the scourge of the Mediterranean and the terror of Christian Spain lay prone on the heights of Cape Spartel.

This is the story of Oliver Tressilian who became a corsair since he was wrongly accused by this own brot

কাহিনির নায়ক ইংল্যান্ড এর কর্নওয়াল এর বাসিন্দা অকুতোভয় নাইট স্যার অলিভার ট্রেসিলিয়ান। সৎ ভাইয়ের ষড়যন্ত্রে কপালে জুটলো মিথ্যা খুনের অপবাদ; হারালো প্রেমিকা রোজামুন্ড এর বিশ্বাস ও তার পদমর্যাদা। ঘটনাপ্রবাহে অপহৃত হয়ে বন্দি হলো অন্য জাহাজে; বরণ করে নিতে হল ক্রীতদাসের জীবন।

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