The Eye of Zeitoon

The Eye of Zeitoon

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The Eye of Zeitoon by Talbot Mundy

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The Eye of Zeitoon

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If you prefer your melodrama with an Oriental setting, a garniture of knives and fezes, of eastern odors and strange oaths, try The Eye of Zeitoon. Mr. Mundy has written this, his latest story, with all the masterly skill of a true maker of tales and with an insight into the hearts of his characters that makes the reader love them all.

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g that he should talk English, for what the British themselves have not accomplished in that land of a hundred tongues has been done by American missionaries, teaching in the course of a generation thousands on thousands. (There is none like the American missionary for attaining ends at wholesale.)

"What countryman are you?" I asked him.

"Zeitoonli," he answered, as if the word were honor itself and explanation bound in one. Yet he looked hardly like an honorable man. "The chilabi are staying here?" he asked. Chilabi means gentleman.

"We wait on the weather," said I, not caring to have him turn the tables on me and become interrogator.

He laughed with a sort of hard good humor.

"Since when have Eenglis sportmen waited on the weather? Ah, but you are right, effendi, none should tell the truth in this place, unless in hope of being disbelieved!" He laid a finger on his right eye, as I have seen Arabs do when they mean to ascribe to themselves unfathomable cunning. "Since you entered this c

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Absolutely suspenseful story based on a very true-to-facts and credible historical accounts of the large-scale massacres of the Armenian population of Ottoman Turkey carried out by bloodthirsty Turkish, Kurdish and Circassian moslem mobs in the tragic months following the April 1909 massacres of Armenians in Adana and Cilicia proper; it is a must-read for all Armenians and Westerners that are keen on the history of the last years of the Ottoman Turkish Empire and Armenians' tragic sufferings of the times as the author illustriously tells an adventurous story with very credible characters of Zeytoun Armenian freedom fighters, road-robber gypsies, murderous Turks and a group of Anglo-Saxon refined men set out on the adventure of a lifetime in Anatolia at the times of Ottoman Turkey's militarization and ruthless persecution and massacres of its Christian subjects, in particular the Armenians of Ottoman Turkey...
This is a sort of buddy novel—Seven Samurai for English-speakers—the Armenians versus the Turks with some Gypsies thrown in.

Should have been a good read, having exotic locations and characters, beautiful Amazonian women, close scrapes and plenty of battles. Also, regrettably, a huge amount of blather. Took hard work and determination to finish.

I got an one of the first copies of this book from an estate auction. It's in fair/rough condition but not too bad. Anyways, I've been reading books about different deities and religeons for a little while, and I haven't realy haven't read this book yet because I'm reading others. I just got this book and I'd like to know about this Author more. Like his background or where I can get a biography or something. My local library doesn't have one so I thought that someone could direct me to an internet site. Thanks anyways if not.