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3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps an acquired taste?, 23 Nov. 2010
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Judging by all the 5 star reviews this book has received, I feel that I must be at fault for not fully appreciating it. Perhaps you need to have more sympathy for the Hungarian bourgeois mentalities it is built around: romanticism, fascination with death/suicide, and the love/hate relationship with the predictability of bourgeois life. I loved the start, the idea of a honeymoon in romantic Venice threatened by the groom's yearning for going off the beaten track on his own in a random search for something lost from the friendships of his youth. But after that the novel, although readable and interesting enough (particularly the Italian locations), could not really hold my attention. The hero is too lacking in direction (swayed this way and that by events and people) to be attractive, and the plot has too many bizarre coincidences to convince. Still worth reading as a modern Hungarian classic.
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2011 17:54:21 BDT
Good to find that I'm not the only one underwhelmed by this book!
Simon Loveday (recent 1-star reviewer)
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