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They Were Found Wanting (Writing on the Wall: The Transylvania Trilogy) [Paperback]

Banffy , Miklos
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4 Sep 2008 Writing on the Wall: The Transylvania Trilogy (Book 2)
In the sequel to They Were Counted Balint Abady is forced to part from the beautiful and unhappily married Adrienne Uzdy. László Gyeroffy is rapidly heading for self-destruction through drink and his own fecklessness. The politicians, quarrelling among themselves and stubbornly ignoring their countrymen's real needs, are still pursuing their vendetta with the Habsburg rule from Vienna. Set in picturesque Translvania, Bánffy paints a rich and fascinating portrait of the aristocratic world oblivious to its impending demise.

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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: ARCADIA BOOKS (4 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905147996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905147991
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 274,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb second volume of grand romantic novel 3 July 2000
By A Customer
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This volume builds on its predecessor to take on the lives of the two very different Hungarian Transylvanian aristocrats in the years preceding the Great War. Politics and diplomatic events begin to crowd the picture marking the road to war while the lives of the cousins build to resounding conclusions - and end on a cliff hanger. Trollope and Balzac meet in a vanished historical landscape - the Banffy palace in Koloszvar is now a museum.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History brought to life through fiction 27 April 2012
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A wonderful series, bringing Hungarian history to life and charting, through the lives of its many characters, the gradual slide to war and the rise of extremism. Translating the three books must have been a huge undertaking, and just occasionally it shows in stilted phrasing, the odd cliche or clumsy phrasing. But the pleasure of absorbing this immense work far transcends these minor glitches. Reading these books is like tucking in to an immense Sunday lunch that lasts all afternoon. And while being enjoyably entertained, I learned so much about a country of which I confess I knew next to nothing. I now have a real desire to see the country, and to enjoy the countryside which the author so obviously loved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent narrative 19 Jun 2013
By nicola
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This book is marvellous. Grand story telling, sumptuous sets and vivid characters. The political background is fascinating and well detailed, the story seems to write itself, so natural and flowing are the dialogues and descriptions. I was very relieved to know i had 2 more books to read, so i could continue to follow this wonderful tale of countries, characters and passions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 12 Jan 2014
By M Ellel
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I enjoyed the second book in the trilogy. Again it gives an insight into life in Hungary and Romania at this time in history. Some of the political stuff is a little heavy but is an important part of the story.
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Part one of this trilogy, They Were Counted, was gripping and I have reviewed the Kindle edition and bought the hardback book (from Amazon of course) as a Christmas present for a friend.

I am about half way through book three, They Were Divided, and it is hotting up and becoming another un-putdownable book.

But I really was not gripped in the same way by part two. It is good and very interesting from the point of view of Austria-Hungary, the Balkans and Middle European politics in the years before WWI but it doesn't have the "zing" of the other two books and this trilogy is principally a novel rather than a history lesson.

So, although any of these books is eminently readable on its own, the latter two make references to characters and situations in previous books to put everything in context, the dilemma is that book two is not quite so good but how can you leave out the middle part of a three volume story? My recommendation is to read it anyway (in hardback books two and three are in the same volume) and take the slightly less exciting part in anticipation of the mounting tension in the last volume.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Writing on the Wall trilogy 19 Jun 2013
By Josa
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A wide sweeping picture of aristocratic life in what was then the Hungarian province of Transylvania during the final years of the Austro-Hungarian empire. Banffy tells his story, full of nostalgia for a lost world, through the lives and loves of two cousins. One follows the finer traditions of the Hungarian aristocracy who ruled Transylvania for hundreds of years, with a life of public duty and charity, while the other, more precariously placed, finds that society turns its back on him. Both face tragedy, and while Banffy delights in describing the beautiful region of Transylvania, its forests, mountains and great estates, we are aware of the clock ticking towards the outbreak of war. I did find the "political" chapters fairly hard going, particularly as I was very ignorant of Hungarian history, but the trilogy as a whole greatly repays the effort needed, and I am sure I will enjoy re-reading these books in the future. The Kindle edition appears to be well-edited with only a few annoying typos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful evocation of a lost era ... 16 Jun 2013
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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 they seem - in the main - to be blissfully unaware.
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