• Title: The Sea-Hawk
  • Author: Rafael Sabatini
  • ISBN: 9780393323313
  • Page: 398
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sea Hawk Oliver Tressilian a Cornish gentleman who helped the English defeat the Spanish Armada is betrayed by his ruthless half brother and seeks refuge in the Middle East where he takes on a new role as a
    Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman who helped the English defeat the Spanish Armada, is betrayed by his ruthless half brother and seeks refuge in the Middle East, where he takes on a new role as a Barbary pirate.

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    1. Sabatini seems so far to have a pattern to his writing. His stories stop when the hero has his happy ending and justice has been delivered to his villains, i.e actual scumbags for whom there is very little sympathy from the reader. In all three books, there is also the woman who misunderstands the hero, the side villain that redeems himself, and the fool of a side character that makes life hard for the hero. The hero is sardonic, honorable, stoic, steadfast, and faces adversity with a barbed ton [...]

    2. Rafael Sabatini! Oh, this generation doesn't even KNOW. This is a classic swashbuckling novel by the author of Captain Blood, and it is deliciously over the top. Handsome, powerful Oliver Tressilian, in love with the fair Rosamund, is working to overcome the opposition that Rosamund's sleazy brother and guardian are posing to their marriage. R's brother Peter provokes Oliver into public threats, but Oliver controls himself for love of his fair one; alas, Oliver's weasly brother Lionel kills Pete [...]

    3. Sometimes roots of all evil lies within mankind, equally as a species.I won't say anything but that, because I try to respect both men and women equally, but Well, read the story and you shall understand what I mean. The Sea-Hawk, indeed, was a epic saga. So much story within one book, so many things happened within one fourth of the book, and so many ups and downs altogether all made me captive with awe. A story told so long ago, yet it remains to be one of its kind. Thus The Sea-Hawk is consi [...]

    4. রাফায়েল সাবতিনি এর লেখা আগে পড়ি নি । যদিও অনুবাদ পড়েছি কিন্তু স্বীকার করতে বাধা নেই যে এমন রোমাঞ্চ উপন্যাস আগে কখনো পড়িনি । উপন্যাসটাই টুইস্টে ভরপুর। এক টানে পুরো ৪২৯ পাতা মন্ত্র মুগ্ধের মত [...]

    5. Having already read two of Sabatini's previous works, Captain Blood and Scaramouche, this book was enjoyable but really predictable (view spoiler)[(its hero is a falsely-condemned man who becomes a slave, then a captain who must engage in a constant war of wits against his own supposed allies and eventually overcome empires to win his one true love= recycled plot of "Captain Blood") (hide spoiler)], aside from the interesting influence of having part if the novel set in a predominately Muslim co [...]

    6. Nach gefühlten eintausend Seiten streiche ich endgültig die Segel und gebe diesen Roman auf. Rafael Sabatini muss sich in einer unkreativen Schreibstimmung befunden haben, als er diese Geschichte aufs Papier brachte.Ich bin es zwar inzwischen gewohnt, dass das glühende Verlangen seiner Hauptfigur nach einem natürlich überirdisch schönen weiblichen Wesen, zentrales Thema seiner Romane ist. Aber in seinem wunderbaren "Captain Blood" fügte er es gekonnt zwischen Meer und Takelage ein.So verb [...]

    7. I first came to Rafael Sabatini through his excellent 1922 pirate novel Captain Blood, and then read his fine 1921 swashbuckling tale, Scaramouche. Continuing this journey through Sabatini's novels, I've just completed his 1915 pirate intrigue, The Sea-Hawk. The Sea-Hawk doesn't disappoint, living up exceedingly well to the high standards of Sabatini's other novels. It's got everything - adventure, drama, romance, and exotic locales. There are some elements that echo Sabatini's other stories, bu [...]

    8. I have a bit of a weakness for swashbuckling tales of adventure, and I think it’s fair to say that the greatest writer of such stories in the English language was Rafael Sabatini (1875-1950). And The Sea Hawk, originally published in 1915, is generally regarded as one of his finest works.Sabatini was born in Italy. His mother was English and from the age of seventeen he made his home in England. All his books were written in English.Like his even more famousCaptain Bloodwhich came out in 1922) [...]

    9. Buddy read with Bettie, Hayes (?) and Wanda.Page 75:Sakr-el-Bahr, the hawk of the sea, the scourge of the Mediterranean and the terror of Christian Spain lay prone on the heights of Cape Spartel.This is the story of Oliver Tressilian who became a corsair since he was wrongly accused by this own brother of the murder of Master Peter Godolphin. He then became a Barbary pirate after have spent a long time a galley slave. Lady Rosamund Godolphin, his girlfriend, didn't trust him at the first time an [...]

    10. Sir Oliver Tressilian, a Cornish gentleman, finds refuge in the Middle East after his half-brother's betrayal almost gets him sold into slavery. There, he converts to Islam and joins the ranks of the Barbary pirates, building a fearsome reputation as Sakr-el-Bahr, the Sea-Hawk, and awaiting his opportunity to take revenge for the fate that has been visited upon him.Much as I enjoy a good swashbuckling tale and pirate adventure, this one was just a little too full of unlikable characters and over [...]

    11. ch3815h.wordpress/2012/10Romanul de calatorie si aventuri, cu actiune, istorie, pirati, un preambul pentru genul cinematografic al trillerului intitulat Sakr el Bahr, traducerea denumirii in limba araba a personajului principal al cartii, britanicul sir Oliver Tressilian, este o carte recomandabila din start tuturor acelora ce simt o pasiune pentru lecturarea acestui tip de roman, unde intriga, pasiunile intense sunt traite la cote ridicate, moartea-i prezenta la fiecare colt de actiune inceputa [...]

    12. Sir Oliver Tressilian is the elder son of a man remembered by people as a foul-tempered despot and some of that bias has passed on to his son. Sir Oliver has paid of his father's debts and made his fortune by privateering in the name of the Queen, piracy by a gentler name. Now he is in love with Lady Godolophin, who has had a gentling effect on his troubled soul. But all is not well, for Lady Godolophin's borther, Peter, intensely dislikes Oliver due to their Guardian's dislike of the man, a gru [...]

    13. Ahhhh so fun. I think Scaramouche may have been a better book, but I liked this one more. That's saying something because the Scaramouche audiobook was narrated by the wonderful Simon Vance, where this book was narrated by perhaps my least favorite narrator John Bolen.

    14. I saw the Errol Flynn film based on this novel many years ago, and along with Captain Blood and Scaramouche, it made me curious to read the works of Sabatini--for starters, one of the great names in literary history. Doesn't it just fall trippingly from the tongue?So I got The Sea-Hawk from the library, and read it . . . and discovered that the film and the novel are not really that similar. This should not have shocked me. It is certainly not the first time a film has been very different from t [...]

    15. This is a more difficult Sabatini historical fiction to get into, I think, because none of the main characters are exactly… well, likable. We see some good character traits in the main character, like fidelity, but we also see him spending much of his time seeking vengeance and dreaming up punishments to exact his revenge.Like most of Sabatini's swashbuckling heroes, Sir Oliver Tressilian/The Sea Hawk/Sakr-el-Bahr is very capable, strong, daring—arrogant, but he comes off much more gruff, sh [...]

    16. Sir Oliver Tressilian is a wealthy landowner who plans to marry his beautiful neighbor, Rosamund. But after Rosamund's brother is murdered, not even she believes he's innocent of the crime. Before he can clear his name, his brother betrays him into slavery, where a chance encounter propels him into the ranks of the Barbary pirates. Five years later, he's Sakr-El-Bahr, the Sea Hawk, and he decides that it's time to use his new position to settle old scores.Sir Oliver is more difficult to like tha [...]

    17. Fun. Another reviewer described it as escapist, and it is. Duels, kidnapping, treachery, betrayal, vengeance, love . . . it's all there. The language seems deliberately old-fashioned but it's still easy to understand. Sabatini even tries to get into the characters' heads and presents them as individuals with choices rather than cardboard figures he can move at will. My biggest problem is that he describes the slavery the Algerian Muslim pirates practice as more picturesque than an abomination. H [...]

    18. Rafael Sabatini's Captain Blood is a story I've enjoyed in the past but it never prompted me to explore his other novels. This is, apparently, the time for exploration. It began with noticing this title which matches my favorite Errol Flynn movie. Turns out the title is about all they took from the book, if indeed the book was at all involved.This is a much better tale, one of a family feud, betrayed brotherhood, and love gone awry which results in galley slavery, more than a flirtation with Isl [...]

    19. My least favorite of Sabatini's so far.I don't understand why this is one of the most popular of his works. If you are expecting much in the form of action and adventure you will be disappointed. The "Part One" of the novel kept my interest but after that first ship battle it really slowed down. The book was too long for how uneventful it was and yet the ending was too sudden. The setting is quite exotic and vivid and one chapter: "The Slave-Market" although it does seem to deviate from the main [...]

    20. I am so glad that initially took the recommendation to read Scaramouche (also by Savatini), since I loved that I picked up Captain Blood, another big winner, and now Sea-Hawk. This book was a fast pacedswashbuckler that seemed to me what you would get if you combined Captain Blood with Ben-Hur, then added a dash of Laurence of Arabia. The story was well done and quite intriguing, the characters developed well and were relatable, and as I've already stated, the pace kept me on the edge of my sea [...]

    21. I very much enjoyed this romantic adventure. I know, I know, it's totally sexist. But that needs to be forgiven, because it is just such good fun. I can't give a book like this 5 stars, because it's not much more than fun, and because of the imbalance between the strong, witty alpha male and the "faithless," easily manipulated, weak-minded but lovely and virtuous woman. But it's just so fun, and pretty well-written.

    22. Classic bit of swashbuckling, high seas adventure as a young nobleman is framed for a crime and, fleeing England, ends up as a corsair in a middle-eastern rulers fleet.Fun, as it is not the typical pirate story setting and enough adventure that you can live with all the cliches of the genre.The book was a surprise, because in the movie, the Sea Hawk is very typical english pirate. In the book he's more 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

    23. Sir Oliver Tressilian is wronged by his half-brother, Lionel. Kidnapped, Oliver survives slavery at the oar of a Spanish ship and becomes a Muslim pirate. Feared and respected, Oliver becomes Sakr-El-Bahr. When an unexpected chance comes along for him to wreak vengeance upon Lionel, he sets out for England. However, in seeking to settle the score, he puts his own life in grave danger.

    24. Rafael Sabatini is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. The Sea Hawk is the 2nd book I've read of his and it's already one of my favorite books of all time. I look forward to reading many more of his work!

    25. Listened to podcast at Librivox (is/9GfJ). Interesting view of Islam by the Italian author in 1915.

    26. FantasticOk so the English is old fashioned lots of desist sir and bounder and the characters are old fashioned in the the hero can be described fairly as stiff upper lip and playing with a straight bat. The heroine swoons from time to time and demands her hero behaves as a proper gentleman. The attitudes belong to a feudal age but for all that it is written with style and feeling. The author who is from that age captures all the necessary important dialogue that seems tiresome at times but in r [...]

    27. The summary given of the book here (by ?) is inaccurate, but mainly it is woefully inadequate in relating what a wonderful book this is. I just finished it, for the third time, and I loved it at least as much as the previous readings.Do you like pirates? Romance, lost and rediscovered? Treachery exposed? A tale driven by high testosterone levels, but civilized testosterone, which isn't to say feminized testosterone of the variety we get today? A profound mastery of the English language? Well the [...]

    28. Sabatini's best! After accustomizing to the prose style of an adventure novel published in 1915, this story never let me go. Every character is their own--and everyone else's--worst enemy, spinning webs of betrayal after surprising betrayal, honor, sabotage, and escape, against a colorful background of high seas action and intrigue in Moroccan bazaars. This novel is entertainment at its finest.

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