Posted by: vikingsinspace | August 23, 2010

VI.01.41. Read the Sword of Islam

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The Sword of Islam: Grosset and Dunlap Edition

My Sabatini Journal

“Those who form the populace are ever the ready gulls of the promises of crafty opportunists.”  (11)

“He ran, he says, not because he was afraid to die, but because he desired to live.  A nice distinction.” (84)

“He expressed the opinion that those who say exactly what they think seldom think correctly and never pleasantly.” (111)

“It was said that every man had his price.  But what man of honour would admit that the saying was true of himself?” (130)

“Those eyes of hers had become as a mirror of truth in which he saw himself reflected in a garb that appalled him.” (159)

“Judgment is always easier than performance.” (190)

“The eunuch roused himself from the listlessness in which he had sat during most of these days like a gross incarnation of fatalism itself.” (274-5)

“The guesses of a fool may sometimes hit a truth that’s hidden from the wise.  But who would heed the guesses of a fool?” (365)

“But in war all is fair.  When our own guile succeeds, we call is strategic talent.  When the enemy’s succeeds we call it treachery.” (377)

The Sword of Islam

 The Sword of Islam is another excellent Sabatini novel which shows two factions falling into dispute for believable reasons on both sides.  I found this book to be peculiar compared to others of Sabatini’s because the protagonist actually tries to find ways to end the dispute peacefully.

Sabatini seems to have borrowed several ideas from his previous books and incorporated them in this (one of his last five books).  Prospero’s capture by Muslim corsairs and enslavement in a galley was reminiscent of The Sea Hawk, and his contracting the plague and being nursed back to health by the woman he loves comes straight out of Fortune’s Fool.  Sabatini even mentions the sword from Toledo with the motto “Draw me not without reason.  Sheathe me not without honour” on page 130; a direct quote from The Tavern Knight.  Still, even with the repetition, the book remained original in execution and was a pleasure to read.



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