The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus

The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus

Lesley Blanch / Feb 20, 2020

The Sabres of Paradise Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus The Caucasus a region of supreme natural beauty and fiercely proud warriors has throughout history been characterized by violence and turmoil During the Great Caucasus War of the warring mo

  • Title: The Sabres of Paradise: Conquest and Vengeance in the Caucasus
  • Author: Lesley Blanch
  • ISBN: 9781850434030
  • Page: 262
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Caucasus a region of supreme natural beauty and fiercely proud warriors has throughout history been characterized by violence and turmoil During the Great Caucasus War of 1834 1859, the warring mountain tribes of Daghestan and Chechnya united under the charismatic leadership of the Muslim chieftain Imam Shamyl, the Lion of Daghestan , and held at bay the invading RThe Caucasus a region of supreme natural beauty and fiercely proud warriors has throughout history been characterized by violence and turmoil During the Great Caucasus War of 1834 1859, the warring mountain tribes of Daghestan and Chechnya united under the charismatic leadership of the Muslim chieftain Imam Shamyl, the Lion of Daghestan , and held at bay the invading Russian army for nearly 25 years Lesley Blanch vividly recounts the epic story of their heroic and bloody struggle for freedom and the life of a man still legendary in the Caucasus.

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      • Lesley Blanch

        A scholarly romantic, Lesley Blanch influenced and inspired generations of writers, readers and critics Her first book, The Wilder Shores of Love the stories of four ninteenth century women who followed the beckoning Eastern star pioneered a new kind of group biography focusing on women escaping the boredom of convention An instant classic, it has remained in print in English since first publication in 1954 Lesley Blanch was ahead of her time and prescient in the way she attempted to bridge West and East.Savvy, self possessed and talented, Blanch did what she wanted and earned a good living at a time when women were expected to stay at home and be subservient to the needs of husband and children She was glamorous and stylish and, in her own unique way, distinctly powerful.She knew something of the Middle East as it once was, before conflict and turmoil became the essence of relations between the Arab World and the West The places she travelled to and which obsessed her are still newsworthy today Russia, The Balkans, The Middle East, Turkey, Afghanistan.


    420 Comments

    1. This has proved to be quite a difficult one to review. if we took the story of Shamyl that this book presents at its face value I would happily have given it a more positive review. unfortunately to be fair I must take into account the authors added comments that are liberally spread throughout the book which unfortunately only add insight into her racism at times. Whenever describing Russians or the varied peoples of the Caucasus she often resorts to flimsy generalisations about oriental cruelt [...]


    2. A big, bold, gorgeous, bloody, colourful epic of the mighty struggle between Shamyl the Imam of the Caucuses and Nicholas the Tsar of all the Russias. Lots of people die horribly, lots of people do horrible things, on all sides, but there is amazing heroism in the struggle, much to deplore on both sides, but some to admire. Blanch plays fair, being even-handed in her depiction, though it's clear her heart's with the fierce mountain folk in their struggle for freedom over the vast serf-owning emp [...]


    3. It is hard to imagine a book with such great strengths and weaknesses combined. This is a superb history of Shamyl, a Muslim from Dhaghistan who fought the Russians. The book is superbly researched and brilliantly written and has background on the whole era. Yet, it lacks maps so the battles are obscure. It is full of things that are no longer valid: racist comments, steriotypes, generalizations. And the author makes no attempt to hide his admiration for Shamyl so the book is grossly biased. Sti [...]


    4. A fair treatment of the early struggles of the struggles in Central Asia against the Russian Empire. One my black belt gave this to me about six years ago or so. Given recent events having to do with the Boston bombing, this is a good starter for those wanting to know more about the history of the region and the religious conflicts surrounding it.


    5. lovely book. i was thrilled by the events and the way they were described. it was definitely a learning experience about a place which was little known before and a hero which is seldom talked about. it has a certain romantic touch to it.



    6. Chechens vs. Russians Round 1November 15, 2013In the nineteenth century the Russian Empire was expanding east and south. It annexed all of Georgia between 1801 and 1804, but in between Russia and its new acquisition lay the Caucasus Mountains, a row of giant peaks lying between the Black Sea and the Caspian. Among these peaks lived numerous peoples speaking a myriad languages, mostly but not all, Muslim. They never agreed to be part of the Tsarist imperium, but their raids and depredations gave [...]


    7. I got interested in this book when I read an article that said that it inspired Frank Herbert to start writing Dune. And OMG it´s excellent. Beautifully written, if sometimes derivative, it´s jam packed with complex characters and dramatic stories, but none as complex and as legendary as that of the Imam Shamyl. I can´t believe showrunners are doing a series about LOTR again when real stories like this one are just lying around. It reallye got to me, as a reader and as a human being. It surpr [...]


    8. Superb. Fascinating biography with a broad historical sweep, written almost poetically at times. Highly recommended.


    9. Wide ranging and densely detailed accounts of the life of Shamyl and his attempts to defeat the russian invasion of the Caucasus. You can see the recent ongoing conflicts in Chechnya as an extension of this resistance. Very enlightening.


    10. Best way to start with Lesley Blanch. Every minute you delay opening this book is enjoyment and wonder denied. After this you will read more. From here the reading disease will take you to Hopkirk.


    11. Long and hilarious, a classic example of Orientalism in historical writing about the "exotic" Russians and Caucasians.






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