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  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (2 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375712291
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375712296
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. M. Sykes on 22 Dec. 2013
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Set in Hungary and Transylvania which is now in Rumania but both before WW1 being in the Austro Hungarian Empire the story is slightly autobiographical and gives a fascinating insight to the wealth and power of a young aristocrat just after the turn of the century. In this year when the causes of WW1 are a fashionable theme for books, this trilogy was written by a man who was there and understood well the tensions that would ultimately cause the war and tear apart the remnants of the Holy Roman Empire.

Not just for history's sake should you read this novel, it is gripping as a love story, as fortunes won and lost at the gambling tables, the corruption of petty officials. Highly entertaining and the best book I have read this year.
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They loved and partied and gambled while their social order began disintegrating around them 11 Nov. 2013
By R. M. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
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THEY WERE COUNTED is a somewhat old-fashioned novel, yet very evocative and engrossing. It is set in the years 1904 through 1906, in Transylvania and Hungary. It is the first of a trilogy of novels, commonly called "The Transylvanian Trilogy", which I think a rather insipid title. I much prefer "The Writing on the Wall", which is what it was called by its author, Count Miklós Bánffy (b. 1873, d. 1950).

Bánffy was a nobleman, from an old Transylvanian family of high distinction and influence. In the early 1900's, when Transylvania was still part of Hungary (which, in turn, was part of the ramshackle Austro-Hungarian Empire), Bánffy was a member of the Hungarian parliament and a statesman. He saw, first-hand, the decline of the aristocracy, the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the game of pick-up sticks in Central Europe following World War I, including the transfer of Transylvania to Romania. In the 1930s, he wrote his trilogy about that decline and disintegration, and his preferred title, "The Writing on the Wall", is apt.

History and Central European politics are the backdrop for THEY WERE COUNTED. But the story revolves around the obsessions of two cousins, Count Balint Abady and Count Laszlo Gyeroffy. In many respects, Balint Abady is a respectable and conscientious young nobleman, a member of the Hungarian parliament and interested in improving the lot of the peasants living on his family's Transylvanian estates. But he is overwhelmed by his obsession for Adrienne, his childhood friend who ended up in an unhappy marriage to Pal Uzdy, a creepy, brutal nobleman of Tartar background. Laszlo Gyeroffy is obsessed first with music, then with a young marriageable countess, Klara Kollonich, and then with gambling. By the end of the novel one of those obsessions has overwhelmed and nigh destroyed him.

Bánffy's account of the pheasant hunts, balls, dinners, courtships, and affairs of the nobility against the backdrop of history is very reminiscent of "War and Peace", though, thankfully, without the extended historical and philosophical digressions. ("Anna Karenina" also comes to mind.) There are multiple instances of social climbing through marriage, high stakes gambling, insults and duels, recourse to pawnbrokers and moneylenders, and vamping and philandering. The novel moves with excellent pace and once the reader has become familiar with its numerous characters (about 100 pages into the novel) he/she will begin racing through it eager to find out what happens next.

A sense of doom hangs over Bánffy's trilogy, but things got much worse for Transylvania with the coming of the Nazis and then the Communists. The trilogy, unwelcome in the new authoritarian political landscapes, faded into obscurity and Bánffy died in poverty in 1950. Only in the 1980s was it reissued in Hungary and it was not translated into English until 1999. One of the co-translators is Bánffy's daughter, but I sense that the translation is not a particularly distinguished one. Nor is the Introduction to this Everyman's edition, by Hugh Thomas, particularly distinguished. My recommendation is to skip it and plunge directly into the novel and then swim with it through Part One, by which point, if you are like me, the flow of the story will sweep you along, ever more rapidly, to the end. And, if you are like me, by novel's end you will be looking forward to Volume II ("They Were Found Wanting") and Volume III ("They Were Divided").
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
PHINEAS FINN MEETS THE HUNGARIAN PLAIN 11 Dec. 2013
By K. Egan - Published on Amazon.com
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Set in Hungary before WWI, this three-volume saga combines the best of Trollope, Proust, Tolstoy, and Milan Kundera. The descriptions of the Hungarian countryside in summer are reminiscent of Tolstoy, the descriptions of the Hungarian Parliament are reminiscent of Trollope's Phineas Finn, the descriptions of the Transylvanian mountain villages in winter are reminiscent of The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and the unreality of Hungarians at play in Venice is, oddly, Proustian. Only recently translated into English, a must-have for serious readers of 20th-century continental literature.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best Book I've Read This Year 24 Sept. 2013
By NolaWill - Published on Amazon.com
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Sensitive and beautifully observed details bring this period fully to life. Wonderfully written and engaging plot. I now have Vols. II and III and can't wait to read them.
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Romance of the plutocrats 1 Sept. 2013
By D. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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Romantic and beautiful. Fully defined characters and interesting political commentary. It seems to be a good translation of the original
I found this trilogy engrossing and loved every minute of reading it 27 Oct. 2014
By Piers Montague - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this trilogy engrossing and loved every minute of reading it. Although it is fiction, it is based a great deal on the author's own experience and is thus a poignant account of the Transylvanian aristocracy in the decade leading up to the First World War. This is a must-read for anyone interested in Europe before the Great War.
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