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They Were Counted
 
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They Were Counted [Format Kindle]

Miklós Bánffy , Patrick Leigh Fermor , Patrick Thursfield , Katlin Banffy-Jelen

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B nffy (1873-1950), a wealthy Transylvanian diplomat and a member of the Hungarian Parliament before World War I, was later foreign minister of Hungary. This book, the first volume of his "Transylvanian Trilogy," published just before World War II, is a huge, historical, romantic novel that keeps the reader involved. Set in the first decade of the 20th century, it portrays a society clinging to an opulent lifestyle of hunting parties and balls and gossip while on the verge of vast change. The two main characters, cousins Balint Ab dy and L szl? Gyeroffy, are studies in contrast. Ab dy leads a respectable life except for a hopeless love affair with a married woman, while Gyeroffy represents decadence, becoming addicted to gambling and alcohol. Good storytelling, solid historical background, and enjoyable drama recommend this for academic and large public libraries.AAnn Irvine, Montgomery Cty. P.L., Silver Spring, MD
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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They Were Counted ($28.95 paperback original; Jun. 14, 1999; 596 pp.; 1-900850-15-X): This roomy, eventful historical novel is the opening volume of a celebrated trilogy (A Transylvanian Story, 193440) written by a remarkably gifted (Romanian-born) Hungarian aristocrat (18731950) whose busy career as an influential diplomat somehow left time for B nffy's equally impressive achievements as a painter and designer, musical administrator (who befriended Bla Bartk), and writer. They Were Counted is a Tolstoyan panorama that dramatizes Hungarian and Romanian history in the prewar years 190414 by juxtaposing the sometimes intertwined lives of two highborn cousins: one a heartless sybarite who casually throws his life away, the other a compassionate defender of his country's endangered peasant populace. It's a great work, whose forthcoming further volumes (the whole in English to be collectively entitled The Writing on the Wall) will be eagerly awaited by readers swept up in B nffy's replete, absorbing, and very moving story. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1170 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 626 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 190085015X
  • Editeur : Arcadia Books; Édition : Tra (9 juillet 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1908129026
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908129024
  • ASIN: B006WB2G7Q
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Amazon.com: 4.6 étoiles sur 5  21 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An outstanding epic novel 23 février 2001
Par Jason Tomes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I am not someone much given to extravagant praise, but I have no hesitation in awarding five stars to 'They were counted', a novel of very high quality indeed. I had only ever read of Count Miklos Banffy as foreign minister of Hungary in the 1920s. I had no idea that he was also an extremely accomplished novelist. His pace is leisurely, to be sure, but his writing is so good that this is hardly a failing. The novel paints a splendid picture of aristocratic life in Hungary circa 1905, but it possesses much more than historical interest. Banffy writes about his characters with intelligence, perception, and sympathy. I was rather taken aback to see Laszlo Gyeroffy described in one review as 'a heartless sybarite'. On reflection, I suppose the cap does fit - but Banffy presents even Laszlo in such a way that one cannot help feeling for him. The author is especially sensitive in his handling of relations between the sexes. The tortured romance between Balint and Adrienne is superbly delineated. May I offer readers one word of advice? Like many other really big novels - 'The Forsyte Saga' and 'Doctor Zhivago' spring to mind - this book can seem rather daunting at the start. The problem is simply that there are so many characters that it is difficult to lodge them in the mind. Do not worry! Most of them do not need to be followed closely. I will not spoil anyone's enjoyment if I state now that the ones to keep your eye on are Balint abady, Laszlo Gyeroffy, Adrienne Uzdy, Klara Kollonich, Egon Wickwitz, and Fanny Beredy. Incidentally, I do think that the publisher might have included some guidance as to how to pronounce Hungarian names. True, it is not strictly necessary, but my curiosity was aroused, and to satisfy it even partially I had to resort to the pronunciation pages of 'Teach Yourself Hungarian' in the city library. I congratulate Patrick Thursfield on his fine English translation and thank Arcadia Books for enabling English readers to become acquainted with an author who deserves to be much better known than he is.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a terrific historical trilogy 12 mai 2008
Par Russell Pittman - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I agree completely with the 3 readers who have already reviewed this trilogy -- it is really excellent. I would expand on 3 points already touched upon:
1. The trilogy is absolutely 1st rate in conveying the historic atmosphere of the time -- the slow, inexorable fall into war of the Austro-Hungarian empire in the 1st decade and a half of the 20th century. Historical events are interspersed into the personal action of the novel really well, as Balint's parliamentary duties require him to keep up with, and react to, the latest international developments.
2. I can't think of another book that does as well at the nuances of courtship and the general interactions of the sexes. Accidental touches, displays of skin, words or silences that mean much more than they seem -- all this is done extremely well. Perhaps the only exception is the perfection of the coupling of Balint and Adrienne every single time they meet -- though of course overall their relationship is very far from trouble-free.
3. It is true that the reader need not try to remember every character -- Banffy is very good at reminding us about just enough of the background when a secondary character makes a later appearance. But for those reading all 3 volumes, I might suggest adding to a previous reviewer's list the characters of Laszlo's mother and the men in her life. She, and to some extent they, have some importance in the 3rd volume.
By the way, if you're traveling to Hungary, the books in this trilogy make great travel companions -- and your Hungarian acquaintances will be pleased at your knowledge of this classic of their country.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Romance, passion and politics in pre-war Hungary 28 mars 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I couldn't put this book down - a huge and completely gripping novel set in the last years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A portrait of society worthy of Dickens, with the historical sweep of Tolstoy and the psychological insights of Dostoevsky. I can't wait for the next volumes.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Complacency breeds Destruction 25 novembre 2009
Par Jon L. Albee - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wow. Here's something special.

I must admit that I was quite reluctant at first to engage this weighty piece of literature, fearing a never-ending parade of balls, operas, theatre and foxhunts described in minute detail, in a long eulogy to the old days of the Hungarian aristocracy. I was surprised to find that this book is exactly that, but it's told with such sensitive human insight and philosophical density that the reader can't help but feel at least a bit sympathetic.

While the setting is omnipresent in the book, the characters make it world-class literature. The essential thesis here is that, ultimately, the complacency afforded a luxurious and enormously inward directed life can only end in demise. Too much luxury, too little concern for what lies "outside," too much comfortable insularity presents all-too-tempting opportunities for those less fortunate. Rome, Russia, the United States, Austria-Hungary... take your pick. If you forget that you're not alone, you're sure to be reminded in the end.

Banffy tells this story allegorically through the two protagonists; sons of the nobility and cousins to each other, who are both doomed despite their vastly differing personalities. How many questions these two men present! Civic pride and engagement is not enough. Is solipsism really an escape? Is being in a position of responsibility enough to control your immediate community, or even yourself? Is peace always transient?

Read this masterpiece and be prepared to deal with issues like this. Ask yourself, "Who's knocking on the door now?"

A novel of manners, it takes some time to gather traction. Give it that time and the story sneeks up on you. It should make you think about where you're headed.
6 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 They Were Counted 26 août 2007
Par Richard Sawyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This classic of Hungarian literature is a superb fictionalized depiction of early 20th century Hungary and Austria, told primarily through the lives of two cousins. The cousins, Count Balint Abady and Count Laszlo Gyeroffy, are caught up in the world of the demise of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the resulting political and social upheavals, and a frivolous and decadent aristocracy. The lives of the counts, including the choices they make, are used by the author to comment on human nature and how choices they make impact the lives of many others. The novel very authentically depicts the broad tapestry of Hungarian society, from the lives of peasants, merchants, political leaders to the members of the aristocracy during this important period of history. The author, Miklos Banffy, is a terrific storyteller. A very remarkable novel - very highly recommended.
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