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They Were Divided (The Writing on the Wall the Transylvanian Trilogy)

They Were Divided (The Writing on the Wall the Transylvanian Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Miklós Bánffy
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The final part of Banffy trilogy reflects the rapidly disintegrating course of events in Central Europe.

About the Author

Count Miklos Banffy (1873-1950) lived most of his life either at the castle of Bonczhida in Transylvania or in the family's town house in Pest. Banffy was variously a diplomat, MP and a foreign minister in the 1921/22 when he signed the peace treaty with the United States and obtained Hungary's admission to the League of Nations. He was responsible for organizing the last Habsburg coronation, that of King Karl in 1916. His famous Transylvanian Trilogy, of which They Were Divided forms the third part, was published just before the Second World War. It was ignored under the communists, and has recently been republished to great acclaim in his native country and in the UK and France.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 766 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1900850516
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books (21 Oct 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908129042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908129048
  • ASIN: B006WB2GBM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic continuation of this splendid trilogy 28 Dec 2001
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This elegant masterpiece celebrates the last years of Transylvanian aristocratic life before world war 1. It tells the story of the love between Adrienne and Balint against a background of growing ethnic and international tension.
The author's anguish at the end of the civilisation he loved is hidden behind his sensuous reconstruction of social life in great houses, by the beauty of the Carpathian mountains to which the lovers briefly escape, and by the comic relief provided by rural life in all social classes.
Trollope meets Proust.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning Saga 27 May 2012
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I read the entire trilogy of Miklos Banfy's history of the turn of the century in what was, variously, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Czechoslovakia etc., with continually moving borders. It was incredibly evocative of an era long gone, the pre WWI central Europe, the politics, the great estates, the social whirls, the loves and the hatreds, the competing kingdoms and families...absolutely riveting. A major achievement.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They were divided - Miklos Banffy 10 Feb 2011
I have just finished reading this excellent novel, which I thoroughly recommend, but you must first read its equally brilliant predecessors, 'They Were Counted' and 'They Were Found Wanting'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 18 July 2013
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I've read this trilogy, of which this is the last, over the last few weeks non-stop. Thank goodness it was translated into English from the Hungarian. Very well too - the translation won an award. A few typos in the Kindle, but no matter. These books cover a period at the end of the Austro-Hungarian empire and are not just intimately political - the author was an eminent politician - but encompass passion, intrigues, dreams, duels, sensitive character portrayals, utterly beautiful writing about the natural world, and just a gentle progression of lives lived. All is the same under the sun - the Hungarian parliament has all the coalition issues - but there is a unique portrayal of "heads in the sand" before the first World War and the role of the Balkans. The "story" element reminds me a bit of Arnold Bennett in its "normalness" about human life with no contrived invention. This trilogy is a classic masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant second part 19 Jun 2013
By nicola
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Having flown through the first in this sequence, i dived straight in to continue the story. The characters continued to unfold and develop, the plot twists and turns with the political swirlings of the time, and the book continues to paint pictures of Transylvania and Hungary as the vast and beautiful places they are. The advancing political unrest and the turmoil of the main characters is crafted with care and tension, and i have consumed this book, eager to know how things will unfold in their lives.
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As a history of the lead up to WW1 this is pretty good and and has really inspired me to learn more of the Blakans' crisis.

As a love story, which has entwined all three volumes, it started well and then went back to Hungarian poitics.

Of course, all bright young things sometimes implode. I am truly sorry that his love affair did not make it in the end. The ending is on a pessamistic note as the country goes to war.

If you want to read only one of these three books, read the first one, "They Were Counted", I really don't think the next two come anywhere near the first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars just immense 20 Sep 2013
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Hard to find words. A brilliant, brilliant book. Totally absorbing. Personal, yet historical, and so true. What a waste the WW1 was. And those who let it happen, so guilty, as Banffy concludes with passion and sorrow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must 3 July 2014
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Miklos Banffy is the Lampedusa of Transylvania. If you want to understand what is going on East Europe today and what happened 100 years ago at Sarajevo, read the three books. Fascinating.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the ten.... books of the 20th century. Romantic, political, dazzling in its evocation of a landscape and an era changed irrevocably by WW 1. And followed by two more in the series. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sir Christopher Bland
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The whole trilogy was a good read, taking you into times past and opening up a picture of life in a part of Europe I am not very familiar with. Read more
Published 4 months ago by M Ellel
3.0 out of 5 stars A hard read
I struggled through this rather sad tale because I am interested in historic Hungarian politics. Some parts were very good but the characters hard to follow. So many ! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mrs J W Oatley
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful evocation of a lost era ...
Trollope's Palliser novels meet Dostoevsky in the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. the gilded bubble of the aristocracy reflects the wider world around them, of which... Read more
Published 13 months ago by tinderbox
3.0 out of 5 stars Second book in the series and counting
Similar style continues the saga really a love story with political overtones. Essential to have read the first book before tackling this one.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. R. I. Tapley
5.0 out of 5 stars very good value for a nice new copy (3)
have not read it yet, but copy is (like) new, and for all three tomes I payed you one-third of what only the first part of the trilogy would cost here in the Netherlands, in the... Read more
Published 19 months ago by frits gmelig
5.0 out of 5 stars They were divided
This is part of a trliogy and all three books deserve to be read.

Excellent, please read.You will not be disappointed.
Published on 31 Mar 2011 by francophile
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