The Trumpeter of Krakow
Louise Seaman Bechtel introduction begins with condescension and ignorance in her introduction but it suits what follows. If the words Ugly American mean anything to you, let's skip what she actually wrote and describe it thusly.
Kellly claims to love the Poles but if so why mislead Americans about the country's history? The University of Krakow was the first to have a chair in Astronomy - in 1400! See Grazyna Rosinska's article in http://scribd.com/doc/38101197/Universities-Science-in-the-Early...more
It’s a work of fiction leading up to an actual fire that destroyed much of Krakow in 1462. The trumpeters of Krakow, from the title, trumpet the hour with a traditional piece of music, from the spire of a church every hour, on the hour. The melody is unfinished at the...more
The story was good. The Charnetski family has taken an oath to protect a crystal that is believed to have magical powers and despite the hardships and evils that befalls upon them because of this jewel they stay true to the promise they have made. The writing style was a little different, maybe a little old...more
It's so odd to me that there I was, going along reading a story about a fam...more
That fact, plus the very strong characters, inspiring passages, and its 1929 copyright moved a possible four-star rating to five. This is excellent young-adult historical fiction for any era. An action-packed adventure book based on a true story, "The Trumpeter" inspires today with its examples of courage, wisdom, and fidelity to promises made.
When you read the book, be sure it's the edition that beg...more
"So it has always been in time of war that the innocent suffer most--these poor, helpless peasants with their carts and horses and geese and sheep trudging along through the dust to escape, if God so willed, the terrible fate which would befall them were they left behind."
"In those days when the world was just emerging from a period of darkness and cruelty, it was a necessity that each man should be constantly upon his gua...more
For centuries ambitious, ruthless and scholarly men have sought special stones (in this case, the Great Tarnov Crystal) to help them achieve fantastic wealth, limitless power or hidden knowledge of things Past, Present and Future. Monarchs naturally will pay any price to possess such "scientific" objects. Thus, unscrupulous criminals exercise horrendous brutality in order to gain possession of the miraculous crystal--reverently described as...more
1. I've been to Poland 5 times and have been to Krakow on multiple occasions. I love reading books set in a country that has become so familiar to me. (And I love knowing how to pronounce the names of people and places.)
2. It was inspired by a historical event that is s...more
The first two chapters really caught my interest, which I think helped me get through the rest of the book. The author's style is clear and concise and portrays a vivid sense of 15th century Polish patriotism as well as some of the coming antagonisms by neighboring countries.
Set in 1462 Poland, it follows the story of a boy and his family who are refugees from the Ukraine following destruction of their home by Tartars in search of a rumored treasure kept hidden for gene...more