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Michael Strogoff (2015)

Michael Strogoff (2015)
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About book: من جديد أنهي كتابا، هو هنا رواية كلاسيكية ، ومن جديد أجد نفسي في حيرة كيف أكتب مراجعتي ومن أين أبدأ وأي النقاط أتناول :))رواية كلاسيكية ممتعة لجول فيرن ... جول فيرن الفرنسي المولود في 1828 والذي ألهب خيال أبناء جيله برواياته التي تندرج تحت تصنيف الخيال العلمي، وقد تم انجاز العديد من الاختراعات التي ذكرها في كتبه بشكل قريب جدا لما كتبه ... جول فيرن الذي ربما شاهدت روايته "حول العالم في 80 يوم" وقد تحولت إلى فيلم هوليوودي رائع وربما صار الفيلم مفضلا لديك كما صار مفضلا لدي، وربما تكون ممن درس في المدرسة بعضا من رواياته الأخرى كـ " رحلة إلى مركز الأرض" أو "20 ألف فرسخ تحت الماء"، وقد درس أخي تقريبا الروايتين ولم يسعدني الحظ بقراءة أي منهماومن جديد فقد كانت تلك الرواية من الترشيحات التي قدمها لي أحد الأصدقاء مؤخرا ... ولم تكن رواية من الخيال العلمي، بل هي رواية تاريخية عن روسيا، وهو ما استغربته كثيرا وسألت عن سببه فكان الجواب لأنه أراد أن أقرأ لـ فيرن ما هو غير شائع، ولولاه ولولا ترشيحه لما كنت قرأت تلك الرواية وربما إن صادفتني لم أكن لأنتبه لهاتعتبر "رسول القيصر" رواية تاريخية وبها الكثير من المغامرات ... فهو كما هو واضح رسول من القيصر ويحمل رسالة وفي سبيل إيصالها يواجه أخطارا نابعة من تهديد الإمبراطورية الروسية من قبل التتار الذين يخططون للإستيلاء على روسيا بمساعدة خائن روسي موتور ينشد الانتقام من الكل دونما تمييز وربما دونما وجه حق، فخيانة الوطن وإيذاء الأبرياء ممن لا ذنب لهم في شيئ لا مبرر لها ،وبمساعدته وربما بتوجيهاته ينشر التتار الدمار في كل مكان يمرون به كشأن كل الكلاسيكيات تحتوي الرواية على العديد من المصادفات وتصاريف القدر التي تجمع الأبطال في مواقف حرجة وتفرقهم ثم تجمع شملهم من جديد :)) وكذلك العديد من المبالغات بشأن البطل وجرأته، وأخيرا لا تفوتها النهاية السعيدةالبطل هنا ميشيل ستروجوف والذي سميت الرواية باسمه في نسختها الأصلية وناديا الفتاه الصبورة الشجاعة التي تحفظ الجميل وتصون السر وتواجه المصاعب معه ببسالة وأعجبتني علاقتهما كثيرا طوال القصة، والأم بشخصيتها الرائعة وبشجاعتها وجلدها في الصفحات القليلة التي ذكرت فيها ... ورأيت فيما ذُكر عن الأم والفتاة ناديا تكريما للمرأة وقدراتها ودورها في النضال هناك أيضا صحفيان لطيفان جدا، أحدهما فرنسي، أضحكني كثيرا وقد تعمد الكاتب الفرنسي أن يجعل من مواطن بلده شخصية جذابة رغم ثانوية الدور، و"غريمه الحميم" الصحفي الإنجليزي، ومعا خاضا مغامرتهما التنافسية بشكل أذهلني في رقيههناك رقي في الحوار حتى بين المتنافسين، واللغة نفسها مدهشة، وحتى المفردات المقصود بها إهانة العدو ليس فيها ما يثير التقزز كما هو شائع في الروايات المعاصرةكذلك أدهشتني معلومات فيرن الجغرافية الغزيرة وشعرت أحيانا بأنه يكاد يكون روسيا من فرط جمال ما كتب في الرواية استمتعت بها كثيرا فعلا وقد تعاطفت مع أبطالها وراقت لي مغامراتهم كثيرا... والشكر كل الشكر للصديق الذي دلني على الرواية ومنحني ساعات من متعة القراءة :))

Stunning.That was my first reaction when I read it as a young girl, and it hasn't changed! First you have Michael Strogoff himself. He is strong, masculine, and steadfast in a way that gives you a thrill! While his mental and physical strength could have made him a cold and mask-faced character, I did not find him so. His intense love for his mother, his pity for an unprotected young girl, and the agonized moments when his heart bids him to desert his mission only create admiration for the fact that he can be stern with himself and do his duty instead of his desire. Then there is Nadia, his female companion. From the moment she places her hand in Michael's and says, "I will follow you, Brother," you know that here is someone deserving to walk beside this good man. And she does, through hardships and dangers, until the day when even Michael must place his life in her hands. Then she takes one of the most loyal and beautiful roles a woman can play - that of aiding the man she loves to reach the goal for which his entire being is straining against all odds. Yes, even if it means his death and her ultimate sorrow. Wow!Secondary characters worthily uphold the main story of Michael and Nadia. There is Michael's mother, Marfa, who is willing to die a gruesome and agonizing death to save her son and his mission; there is a faithful friend who knows nothing but that this couple is worthy of his aid; there are two bickering reporters, French and English, who chase each other, Michael, Nadia, Marfa and several quarreling armies across the plains and in the end nod with satisfaction and head for the next world conflict; there is a bitter, cruel and relentless enemy who is sure he has destroyed all of Michael's hopes of success and left him a crippled and helpless man.But none of this and the various high-paced adventures quite prepare you for the end - the end, when you are as stunned as any character in the story to find that the worst is not the worst, and there is victory and honor for the right.Read it! If you love to see the right prevail, you will glory in this story!(Best read with The 1812 Overture as background music!)
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Benn
The odd thing about reading this book is the feeling that you're reading a rip off, or generously, a novel heavily influenced by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Much of Burroughs' style and concepts (the description of the heroes and villains, the romance, the epic journey of the hero to reach a goal to foil the plans of the antagonists of the story) are present here. But it reads like a watered down ERB book. What's odd about that is "Michael Strogoff" came first. It was published some 36 prior to ERB's first novel, "A Princess of Mars". If anything, Burroughs would be the one influenced by Verne, rather than the other way around. IMHO, Burroughs did this sort of story better. It's not that Burroughs was the better writer. Far from it. But Verne was not really the action writer Burroughs was. Jules Verne tended to be a bit pedantic in places, having learned all he could on a subject Verne would put practically all that knowledge into his novels. This works well for "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea", "From the Earth to the Moon", "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" and even, surprisingly, "Around the World in 80 Days" (which has the advantage of also being a bit of a travelogue.) "Michael Strogoff", I think, which wants to be a rousing action-adventure story, gets bogged down by these background details Verne adds to the tale. It needs to move at a swifter pace (which it admittedly does in Part II).It isn't that "Michael Strogoff" is a horrible book. It isn't. The great Jules Verne wrote it. But I don't think it's the kind of story Verne really did that well. Maybe it was the similarities to ERB's works that threw me, something I somehow never noticed in the other Jules Verne novels I read, but I just don't see MS as the masterpiece others do. I much prefer "20,000 Leagues" to "Michael Strogoff".
Tony
MICHAEL STROGOFF, or, the Courier of the Czar. (1876). Jules Verne. ***tJules Verne (1828-1905) wrote a lot more than science fiction, as we now call the genre that he co-invented with H. G. Wells. This novel was an example of his forays into the world of the action/adventure story. It’s a tale of a mission undertaken by its hero to reach an outlying post in Siberia and deliver from the Czar of the Russias. When the telegraph line is cut between Moscow and Irkutz, the Czar looks for another way to get an urgent message to his brother, the Grand Duke, alerting him about enemy actions threatening his territory. This was the time of the Tartar Rebellion – the invasion of Siberia by the Asiatic hordes. He picks a man who comes highly recommended – Michael Strogoff – a man originally from Siberia who knows the territory and is not afraid of the dangers he knows face him to reach the Duke. Strogoff is an early super hero. Think of a Russian Rambo with the loyalty of a saint and you have a good idea of who he is. As he makes his way to Irkutz with his special message, he encounters all kinds of danger that he must overcome, including running into an evil traitor who wants to get to Irkutz before him and foil his attempts at warning the Duke. There is also a love interest, as Strogoff meets a young woman who is trying to get back to her town in Siberia, from Moscow, to hook up with her father, whom she hasn’t seen in years. Verne must have had a map of Siberia in front of him as he penned this book because he invests each town on the way with its own special set of dangers for our hero. Verne’s spelling of town names varies widely from our current ones, to the point that I couldn’t find some of them on my map, but it really didn’t matter. The whole point of his novel was to keep his readers turning pages to see how our hero gets out of the last mess that he was thrown into. Verne’s science fiction writing was arguably better than this, but, remember, he was treading on relatively new ground. So, if you are a fan of, say, “The Fugitive,” or “Indiana Jones,” then Strogoff is your kind of guy; it’s just that he is from about 125-years ago.
Robert Cormican
The 1876 equivalent of an adrenaline-fuelled summer blockbuster super-spy, action-adventure film. Strogoff will have to fight armies, nature and an evil nemesis to try and save mother Russia. All the characters are easy-to-digest caricatures including a comedy double-act of foreign reporters - a Frenchman and a more formal Englishman. It was soon adapted into a play which, when it played in Paris, portrayed the English journalist as a buffoon; and when it transferred to London in March 1881 it was the turn of the French journalist to be ridiculous. I hope it gets picked up for a modern cinema retelling with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the reporters.
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