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The Little Trilogy

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In a new translation by Miroslaw Lipinski, 'The Little Trilogy' contains everything readers have come to expect of the celebrated Sienkiewicz - charming and alluring characters, romance, heartbreak, action and adventure, humor and bravery. Set against the breathtaking panorama of the Polish countryside and the French wilderness, 'The Little Trilogy' follows the volatile fr ...more
Hardcover, 245 pages
Published June 15th 1995 by Hippocrene Books (first published 1876)
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March 2013

Before Henryk Sienkiewicz gave the world his Big Trilogy, he wrote this little one. One short story and two novella-length tales set in 19th-Century Poland and France, featuring young Henryk (only somewhat based on the author, one hopes), the son of a wealthy Polish noble, and his friend Selim Mirza, a young Tartar. "The Old Servant" profiles the life of Nicholas Suchowolski, a grumbling and surly, yet loyal and dependable old man who faithfully served three generations of Henryk's fam
Dec 06, 2015 Ralph rated it really liked it
Though called The Little Trilogy the entire work reads more like a small novel. Each piece can stand alone I suppose but work better as parts of the greater whole.

The development of the two main characters, Henryk (the narrator) and Selim was well played over the whole but I think they still left Henryk as the star.

The final piece Selim Mirza, has left me wanting to read and research more about the Franco-Prussian War, especially as a wargaming endeavor.
Jan 12, 2012 Stephen rated it it was amazing
Three short stories all related - the best is Hania. Friendship, coming of age, virtues, vices and violence.
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Henryk Adam Aleksander Pius Sienkiewicz (also known as "Litwos"; May 5, 1846–November 15, 1916) was a Polish journalist and Nobel Prize-winning novelist. He was one of the most popular Polish writers at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1905 for his "outstanding merits as an epic writer."

Born into an impoverished gentry family in the Podlasie vi
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