Nov. 4th, 2010

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Day 03 – The best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

Was Nation. Embers by Sandor Marai, a Hungarian novel that I read recently in class. I figured I'd do the books I'd read since the semester began since, um, I read maybe two or three books a week during the summer. Apologies for the tiny cover image. It's a new cover, and I insist on using that one since the other features the main character's late wife. Considering that imo the book is not about her in the slightest, I don't intend on using an image featuring her.

Embers is set post-WW1 in Hungary, about an old, wealthy general and his estranged best friend. I consider it a suspense novel, as the backstory is slowly unveiled to you as the two characters talk. The book opens with his best friend, who he hasn't seen in ages, unexpectedly drops by for a visit. Then it drops into flashback mode, telling the story of the general and his old friend, when they met at academy and the origins and developments of their epic, epic bromance. There's more to it than that, but I'd spoil you if I said any more. The latter half of the book isn't as strong as the first, as it's mostly an extended monologue for the general. That dude talks a lot. Luckily, he's got a honeyed tongue, and he's so passionate when he speaks of friendship, love, music, hunting, living, aging, and everything and anything in-between that it's hard to complain.

It's a short book, a beautiful and quick read, really poignant and touching, though the entire class found the ending rather abrupt and a let-down. Personally, I thought it suited the book. Got to say that it frustrated me when I first read it though.

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