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Posted October 15, 2011
Racism, War, Blood and Women's Breasts
The free copy I got was of an addition issued by the Union of Soviet Socalists Republics for international distribution. I was familar with the story from an old Yul Bryner and Tony Curtis film, but the book is so much better. You have a real look at the period of time when the Cossaks and the Poles fought over Russia. What surprised me was all the references to the Russian Church and that the USSR let this still be published. I also got an experience with the racism of the time towards Jews, but it is the story of the loyality of Taras Bulba to his commrades that makes the tale resound. I recommend this work for anyone wanting ride with the old thundering hordes that ravished and raped Europe in the name of God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 25, 2005
One of Gogol's lesser known masterpieces. Written partly from Gogol's (having grown-up in the Ukraine) observances of the Cosacks, and from historical record. Beautifully detailed and developed characters. A historically based work that focuses on the fanatical beliefs of the Cosacks as they engage in wars, regardless of defeat, against Catholic Poland and the Muslim Tartars to defend their religion and Russia's Southern border. In other words, their duty to God and country to try to maintain their way of life. Recommended. It provides a lot of insight into the centuries old conflict between Russia and Chechnya that continues today.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.