a thought-provoking meditative novel, as two old friends talk together about the woman they both loved; raises questions about old age, about how to live, about the nature of love and friendship
An old castle in the Carpathian moutains of Hungary, is the setting of this beautifully written psychological thriller. It is a story about the effects of time on relationships, regrets and betrayals. An excellent choice for book clubs!
What a wonderful surprise. I'm not sure why I picked this book, having no knowledge of it or it's brilliant author. The story is beautifully simple, the words sometimes so perfect I was taken aback. In the end I felt like I was blessed by a wise old sage. A classic in the true sense of the word. This is why we read!
A beautifully written book. It tells a story about friendships,trust,love,family,betrayl and lack of forgiveness. You will love the flow of the book and the descriptions of what is happening. It pulls you in and you can't seem to stop reading due to the wonder of how it will work and you enjoy the beautiful writing style. A must read if not for the story but just for the beauty of the style of writing.
Marai's novel, Embers, not only tells an eloquent love story about love between friends and love between a man and a woman, but also brings up questions about life. Those moments of betrayal and loss of trust, but how friendship binds you nonetheless. While slow at times, it does not detract from the beauty of the story and the elegant way in which it is told.
A beautifully told tale!!
this is a monologue by a bitter old man. it is a slow moving book. but you won't put it down.
the hidden agenda of the main character lingers out there. tension is high and you have to know.
best friends part under mysterious circumstance - yes, there is the possibility of an unfaithful spouse. now, 41 years later, the old friends are reunited. sadly, there is no resolution. the air, however, is cleared and the reader moves on to the next book.
I would call this a novelette - very fast read. It is a character study that I really enjoyed. I thought that the author's prose was very good.
Two boys were roommates from the military academy at age ten and for 20 years became as brothers, inseparable - yet, there is a marked difference in monetary and prestige which resulted in the most affluent fostering the hospitality. As they aged, it became noticed there were differences or small "cracks in the armor".
One marries and yet, still, there was a bond between the three....one goes to the military to serve then suddenly the other young man hastily leaves for the Tropics. Leaving behind questions........and life changed thereafter!
A great portion of the book is a soliloquy regarding the true definition of friendship, brotherhood and relationships, while at the same time leading this narrative toward reaching truth to questions harbored 40 years and 43 days during the absence of the other friend..........it's worthy of the read just in the fact you can certainly measure those relationships and friendships you have or have ever had - it's weighty and gives pause for thought!
Honestly, this book didn't impress me much to the point that I can't give a review because I do not remember it. Sorry.