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In Desert and Wilderness

(W pustyni i w puszczy)

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 127,629 / 365 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 8,343
Added to site: 2009.10.30 25677

The journey through Africa of two kidnapped children.

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valley of the Nile. The great abundance of water, fertility of soil, and luxuriant vegetation made an earthly paradise of it, while the extensive ruins of the city of Crocodilopolis drew thither hundreds of curious tourists. Stas, however, was attracted mainly by the shores of Lake Karûn, with its swarms of birds and its wolf-hunts on the desert hills of Gebel el-Sedment.

But his vacation began a few days later, and as the inspection of the work on the canals was an urgent matter and the gentlemen could not lose any time, it was arranged that they should leave without delay, while the children, with Madame Olivier, were to depart a week later. Nell and Stas had a desire to leave at once, but Stas did not dare to make the request. Instead they began to ask questions about various matters relative to the journey, and with new outbursts of joy received the news that they would not live in uncomfortable hotels kept by Greeks, but in tents furnished by the Cook Tourists' Agency. This is the customary

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
Sardo Weems

A bit slow to get started (for modern audiences,) it's a very long journey. The descriptions kept it going for me, but I got a bit tired of new adventure, after new adventure, after new adventure, and found the nobility and faith of the children a bit tedious after a while.

Not a bad book.

An outstanding story and the most entertaining book I have read in years.

Written in 1910, this book is more intelligent than most and, while the plot seems simple (a journey through Africa of two kidnapped children), you would be gravely mistaken to presume to guess how it plays out.

Henryk Sienkiewicz introduces the reader to a series of adventures that are freshly unique, historically accurate, and truly impossible to predict. He develops his hero, 14 year old Stas Tarkowski, from a boisterous child to a brave – honorable - young man, and leads the reader through settings (truly from desert to wilderness) which are richly described and laced with fascinating facts.

If you are looking for a fresh take on adventure, with a warm tale of a young man’s uncommon valor, download this book… and enjoy.



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