WITHOUT DOGMA (THE BATTLE FOR THE SOUL)by Henryk Sienkiewicz
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WITHOUT DOGMA…. is not an action-packed, the tone is more restrained and the pacing is much slower. "Without Dogma" is really a psychological novel in which the storytelling is done through the thoughtful diary entries of the main character (Leon). 330 Pages in print!
• This volume includes a “Detailed Biography” of our author, Henryk Sienkiewicz.
I don't want to give away the story. Basically, this is a love story told from the viewpoint of a man who lacks "dogma". I think Sienkiewicz uses this word broadly to include religious dogma as well as other beliefs and sacred cows.
Unlike Sienkiewicz's more famous novels, (Quo Vadis) narration really rules versus dialogue. Also, several key scenes are only referred to in the diary entries rather than played out for the reader. This approach might become tiresome for some, but you can really get hooked.
Sienkiewicz handles the diary format masterfully and you will be pulled into the story. At many points, you might simply not be able to put it down. Often you will feel happy for Leon when he makes a step forward, other times you will feel frustrated so badly when you want to reach into the book and strangle him. He will come alive for you….warts and all
In "Without Dogma" is presented quite another theme, treated in a fashion strikingly different. In the historical novels the stage is crowded with personages. In "Without Dogma," the chief interest centers in a single character. This is not a battle between contending armies, but the greater conflict that goes on in silence,--the battle of a man for his own soul.
He can scarcely be considered an heroic character; he is to some extent the creature of circumstances, the fine product of a highly complex culture and civilization. He is not especially Polish save by birth. Life has interested him purely as a spectacle, in which he plays no part save a purely passive one. His relation to life is that of the Greek chorus, passing across the stage, crying "Woe, woe!"
Life has interested, entertained, and sometimes wearied him. He muses, philosophizes, utters the most profound observations upon life, art, and the mystery of things. He puts mankind and himself upon the dissecting-table.
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