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This gives the effect of the violin sounding two octaves 24 semitones higher. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Csardas by Diane Pearson. Csardas by Diane Pearson. The csardas is a dance that symbolizes the vibrant spirit, the love of life of a proud people. And Csardas is a deftly plotted saga of great power, beauty, and historical authenticity that follows the changing fortunes of three aristocratic European families--spanning two world wars and four countries, and brimming with richly drawn, unforgettable characters.
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Trying to found a dynasty against the inflexible caste system of the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire, stern Jewish banker Zsignmond Ferenc had married Marta Bogozy, a gay, charming woman of noble birth. Their daughters, "The two enchanting Ferenc sisters," Malie and Eva, are the most sought-after young women in their small society. Little do they realize that their secure world of privilege is soon to be consumed in the holocaust of the First World War and subsequent events. Masterfully, Diane Pearson interweaves the story of Malie and Eva with the lives of the other Ferencs, their relatives, and the history of the troubled times--the socialist, fascist, and finally communist regimes; the scattering of the family and its struggle simply to survive; and the joyous reunion after World War II of those who do.
This is a superbly written, poignant epic of war and peace--the brave, dignified, and sometimes cruel story of living, breathing characters whose hopes, failures, and triumphs will entrance readers everywhere. Get A Copy. Unknown Binding , pages.
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CSARDAS — taken from the name of the Hungarian national dance — follows the fortunes of the enchanting Ferenc sisters from their glittering beginnings in aristocratic Hungary, through the traumas of two World Wars. Shelves: historical-fiction , omg-wtf-pagecount. After finishing the book, I felt both a sense of satisfaction I got through pages of weighty material! I did good! Sometimes, you pick up a book of such substance that simply reviewing it doesn't quite do the damn thing justice. This is one of those times.
It chronicles the lives of two families of noble origin, the Ferencs and the Racs-Rassays. The first part of this book is set before WWII, in an idealistic golden age filled with prosperity and affluence.
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During WWII, there is a sense of fear, desperation, and violence. After the war, when the Communist party forms in the void left by the Nazis, there is a sense of paranoia, hypocrisy, and futility.
The first part of the book was my favorite, because I thought the way Malie and Eva's relationships with their families and their love interests was portrayed was exceptionally well done. It doesn't help that the main characters are either shunted to the side - or SPOILER: killed - meaning that the romance of the third act falls between a character who was previously secondary to the plot, Janos, and Terez. Neither had the depth of character that Eva and Malie did in the beginning, which really disappointed me.
That said, I'm really glad I managed to locate a copy of this out-of-print gem and I really enjoyed learning about WWII from a different angle. That was cool. The only thing better than reading these types of books is reading them with friends. Thank you, Korey , for being my book buddy!
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View all 9 comments. Portions of this review will discuss events that are historical fact. I have made every effort not to mention the fates of specific characters in relation to those historical events.
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Csardas begins in and focuses around the lives of the two Ferenc sisters, Eva and Amalia Malie , daughters of a Hungarian aristocrat and a wealthy Jewish banker, who expected little more out of life but parties with dashing young men to court them. Self-centered Eva is determined to snare the wealthy Felix Kald Portions of this review will discuss events that are historical fact. Self-centered Eva is determined to snare the wealthy Felix Kaldy, but his mother is having none of it a Bogozy is not good enough for a Kaldy. As for Malie, she meets young officer Karoly Vilaghy and both are head over heels in love, but her father forbids the match with someone of lower social standing they are Bogozys after all.
Malie defies her father and insists she'll marry Karoly, but war happens The story continues through the aftermath of WWI and the country trying to regain what it lost, the oncoming threat of Germany and Adolf Hitler, the German invasion of Hungary, and trying to rebuild a life and land after the decimation of war.
The jacket blurb does make this sound like a romance novel revolving around a pair of star-crossed lovers, but it's anything but that. What you will get is a story of a family and how their lives are affected by war and politics.
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You will get an up close look at the lifestyle and customs of their tightly woven society, from the wealthy and privileged to the peasants born and bred to accept their lot in life. Until the Soviets come that is View all 43 comments. Oct 09, Orsolya rated it really liked it Shelves: my-people-hungarians , wishlist , historical-fiction , library We associate many emotions and feelings with these music notes.
For others, this heightens the dramatic flair and impresses with its creativity. Although some of the characters are quite convincing such as Roza and Uncle Sandor; the family overall could be any Eastern European family or even British as they feel very British to me which makes sense due to the author.
At the same time though, Pearson strongly captures war life and the historical environment of the story. Plus, my complaining aside, Pearson does successfully capture the stubbornness and resilience of Hungarians.
As the wheel rotated into the second half, events felts too contrived and unnatural plus some weird angles were present. However, they ease slowly and the tension was once again smooth and compelling along with the growth of characters not as focused on previously. Any book which can cause a reader to feel so strongly—especially decades after its published date—is a success in some sense of the word. This resulted in the novel lacking a memorable ending point, affecting the entire novel.
As a note: Pearson does include some sources and further reading books which is more than can be said of most HF authors. Despite the poor conclusion and some issues overall plus spelling and editing errors I. View all 13 comments. Shelves: family-saga , reads , far-away-places , around-the-world , historical-fiction , east-europe-russia. As every Downton Abbey fan knows, when the British aristocracy runs itself into debt and decay, the solution is to marry a rich American heiress whose bottomless purse will save the ancestral lands.
In Hungary at the dawn of the 20th century impecunious noblemen apparently married sometimes beautiful Jewish women instead. The Enlightenment had helped create a subclass of wealthy European Jewish families, many engaged in banking and finance, and most thoroughly divorced from their cultural and As every Downton Abbey fan knows, when the British aristocracy runs itself into debt and decay, the solution is to marry a rich American heiress whose bottomless purse will save the ancestral lands.
The Enlightenment had helped create a subclass of wealthy European Jewish families, many engaged in banking and finance, and most thoroughly divorced from their cultural and religious roots. Antisemitism simmered just below the glitteringly smooth surface of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and for wealthy assimilated Jews marriage into the aristocracy held material advantages—opening a path towards acceptance into the upper echelons of society, entry into the best schools and even more business opportunities.
Csardas is the story of five Hungarian families: the Kaldys, Bogozys and Rac-Rassays—apparently Magyar landed gentry of varying status—and two wealthy Jewish families, the Ferencs and Kleins. Over the course of three generations the fate of these families will become intertwined in ways none of them would ever have expected.
The secondary tales of two peasants, Uncle Sandor and Janos Marton, are notable for the light they shed on changing class distinctions and the appeal of Communism. The dialog was stilted, the characters one-dimensional and looking at the pages that lay ahead I almost put the book aside. I am so glad that I persisted. With all that bloodshed not everyone will emerge unscathed—the atrocities of World War I seem to have unhinged one character in particularly interesting ways—and you know that some will never return, but in the end there is a kind of resolution and a hint that some joy can be found amid the ashes.
Content Warning: PG for mature themes including war and its attendant atrocities, as well as marital infidelities and other sexual indiscretions. View all 11 comments. Mar 05, Dorcas rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , hungary , europe , ww2 , diane-pearson. Csardas pronounced CHAR-dosh takes place in Hungary and spans over thirty years and the rise and fall of two generations. The characters endure two world wars and subsequent government changes which affect their standing in the community,their livelihoods, wealth, and eventually their very lives.
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