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Without Dogma

Henryk Sienkiewicz

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I did not go to Corfu; instead of that, Mr. and Mrs. Davis carried me off to their villa at Peli, where I have been now for several days. Whether Mrs. Davis is sincere or not I do not know, and will not even enter upon that now; I know only that no sister could have shown more sympathy and solicitude. With a nature poisoned by scepticism, I am always prone to suspect and misjudge those around me; but if it should be proved that I misjudged this woman, I should feel truly guilty,—because her goodness to me is quite extraordinary.

26 March.

My windows look out upon the vast blueness of the Mediterranean, encompassed by bands of a darker blue on the far horizon. Close to the villa, the crisped waves glitter like fiery scales; in the distance, the sea is glassy and still, as if lulled to sleep in its blue veil. White lateen sails flash in the sun, and once a day a steamer from Marseilles for Genoa passes hence, dragging in her wake woolly coi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

numai ce-am închis cartea și pot să spun cu mâna pe inimă că este cel mai emoționant și zguduitor roman pe care l-am citit recent. mi-a atins și ultima fibră omenească, ceva ce sincer, nu credeam că o să mai fie posibil prea curând.

It's a love story.
It's an unhappy love story.
It's an unhappy love story involving an exasperatingly self-aware protagonist reduced to inaction by the scepticism and scientific rationalism of his era.
What more could I ask for?

When I started reading this book, I hated it. The narrative is in the form

This one is a singularity in Sienkiewicz's works, most of them long historical novels. It is concieved as the diary of a rich Polish aristocrat, who's dealing with serious matters, as the meaning of life, morality, patriotism, not to forget to mention ladies.
Written in 1891, the story may look duste

Moj šesti Sjenkjevič, i svaki je bio mio, ali ovaj mi je najmiliji. Štimung fin de siecle, ali duševni. Roman koji su voleli Tolstoj, Čehov, Gorki i Bora Stanković.

„Kako je pogrešno mišljenje da se osećajnost savremenih ljudi smanjuje. Ponekad mislim da je obratno. Ko nema oba plućna krila, taj jač

Unlike any of Sienkiewicz's other half dozen or so novels read to date, this is neither a historical fiction nor a story of separated love; instead, it is a memoir by a far-too-well-to-do Polish aristocrat - Leon Ploszowski - who spends all of his time in Rome, Berlin, Warsaw, Switzerland or at the

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