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Each of the four parts represents a season in the life of the peasants — Autumn (published in 1904), Winter (published in 1904), Spring (published in 1906), and Summer (published in 1909). This division underlines the relationship of human life with nature.

Reymont decided to write about peasant life because of historical events, which took place in Polish villages in the e
Hardcover, 616 pages
Published 2005 by Zielona Sowa (first published 1909)
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Neil Crossan
This book is essentially Dynasty/Falcon Crest except its set in 1905 rural Poland. So instead of Alexis & Blake at the club you get Antek & Yagna trying to avoid the kine in the brye on their way to the hayrick. (Don’t red line me Word! They are so words.) Where was I? Unfortunately I didn’t realize that The Peasants is actually 4 books in the Series (Autumn, Winter, Spring & Summer) and I was reading just Winter. And even more sad is that the series is out of print, so even if I wan ...more
This is one of my mother-in-law's favorite books. I so didn't love it. There was too much description (especially landscape) and I despise the "heroine". Greg's mother thinks it is sad and feels very bad for her, but I just think she was a terrible lady and could hardly read about her. She's just a yucky (gotta make good use of my extensive vocabulary) person and I didn't feel any sort of sympathy for her. I just despised her. I read it a really long time ago and I have a terrible memory for boo ...more
This is one of the few single books to win an author the nobel prize. Bio's are quick to mention that he campaigned intensely for his own nomination. At the time, even in USA, this was the book everyone was reading, and now it has fallen from every list and is hard to find even in the beautiful libraries of Pittsburgh. A slow, ponderous, stroll through the lives of the Peasants in Poland in all of their beauty and much of their ugliness. It ends with a girl beaten and thrown onto a dung cart. Go ...more
One of the best Polish books and my favourite. Such a complex and thourough description of the old Polish countryside, the life of peasants (and not of the gentry - unusual),old customs - and all this in a beutiful language. Unfortunately it looses a lot of the charm when translated (I tried it and coulnt stand it). I dont know how many times I read this book and its always good. Better - each time you read it. ...more
I think that only Slavic people can truly understand this book because of its langugage and way of thinking. One of the best books I've read in long period. It gives a wide picture of way of living Poland peasants. It's shame that this book isn't popular as it should be. Amazing piece of art. I fell in love in Chlopi and I become very interested in knowing more Polish langugage and culture.
It's far too thick, but the authors from the end of 19th century and beginning of 20th century loved such a stuff. If it was shorter, it would be good.
Long, but interesting book about rural Poland and in fact great study of human nature.
Adam Krajnik
probably the best Polish book I have ever read
Jedna gwiazdka to i tak za dużo.
Aga S
This book is known as one of the worst readings in Polish high school. Personally, I think it's not so bad, but the peasant subject isn't the most interesting one. Long descriptions of nature, stories told by Roch and old fashioned language are difficult to read and at times all of these just discourage the reader. For me, the relations between Jagna, Boryna and Antek were the most interesting and mostly because of that I read on. Unfortunately, the book as a whole isn't something outstanding.
Jakby ksiazka miala tylko dwie czesci to dalabym duzo wyzsza note, a tak, przy trzeciej sie zmeczylam i do czwarta juz sobie odpuscilam. Klotnie, bijatyki, intrygi, zazdrosc, milosc, knucie... czyli cos a la Dynastia, z tym, ze na wsi. Za duzo tego jak dla mnie, okropnie mnie wymeczyla przykra, pelna nienawisci atmosfera, przycmiewajac tym samym pozytywne aspekty "Chlopow".
First tome was awful but the more pages you've read the better it was. And at some point you really start to enjoy it but those ENORMOUS descriptions of the nature - it may build the world but at the same time it definitively kills the action. The heaviest school lecture I've ever had in my hands.
На пръв поглед ми напомня историите на Елин Пелин.
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one of the best books I have ever read!
Ulubiona licealna lektura.
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Władysław Stanisław Reymont was a Polish novelist and the 1924 laureate of the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best-known work is the award-winning four-volume novel Chłopi (The Peasants).
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Ziemia obiecana The Peasants: Autumn (Peasants, #1) Chłopi tom 1 Wampir Komediantka

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