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The Transylvanian Trilogy, Volumes II & III: They Were Found Wanting, They Were Divided

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The tale of the two Transylvanian cousins, their loves, and their very different fortunes continues in this second volume of the Transylvanian trilogy. Balint Abady is forced to part from the beautiful and unhappily married Adrienne Uzdy, while Lazlo Gyeroffy is rapidly heading for self-destruction through excessive drinking and his own fecklessness. Politicians, ...more
Hardcover, 856 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Everyman's Library (first published 1940)
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Guen Rossi
Sep 22, 2016 Guen Rossi rated it liked it
Baffny's work is a masterpiece of Transylvanian litterature and it provides a first hand and intimate looks on costumes, mentality, society, politics and feelings in Hungary of that time. Unfortunately it is nearly inaccessible to those that don't possess a detailed knowledge of the country, its oligarchy and politics during Baffny's time: hundreds of people with same family names that are addressed sometimes by name, others by surname causing great confusion. Characters barely described in one ...more
Murray
Aug 08, 2015 Murray rated it really liked it
The Transylvanian Trilogy offers a beautiful portrait of aristocratic life in Hungary, but mostly the province of Tranylvania itself, over the decade preceding the First World War.

The story focuses on a romantic relationship that spans this time, while offering a full cast of supporting characters and stories that typify the people of the period. In some sense this is mostly a characterization of aristocrats, but with some involvement of more common folk, albeit very little of the peasant class
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Ronald Morton
Feb 24, 2016 Ronald Morton rated it it was amazing
After setting the stage and putting all the pieces in place in the first volume, Bánffy takes the next two volumes to tear everything down – c’mon, it’s in the titles of books – in a way that is both captivating and heartbreaking. Bánffy does an amazing job of capturing the minutely personal and balancing it with a thorough overview of the political situation in Hungary in the decade leading up to World War I. This trilogy has every single thing I want from my books, I am so glad to have ...more
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Jan 01, 2014 Abbi rated it really liked it
Really admirable writing, setting the build up to WW1 in context. Found the political stuff less engaging than the individual stories of Balint, Adrienne, Laszlo. Countryside life v memorably depicted. Well worth a read, although all three volumes weigh in at well over a thousand pages.
Paula Paige
May 19, 2014 Paula Paige rated it really liked it
An epic tale, The Transylvanian Trilogy was a delight to read, even if it took me several months to finish the entire saga. If you like political intrigue, with a hearty helping of Harlequin-style romance, Miklos Banffy will not disappoint.
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Count Miklós Bánffy de Losoncz (30 December 1873—June 5, 1950) was a Hungarian nobleman, politician, and novelist. His books include The Transylvanian Trilogy (They Were Counted, They Were Found Wanting and They Were Divided), and The Phoenix Land.

The Bánffy family emerged in 15th century Transylvania and established itself among the foremost dynasties of the country. They owned a grand palace in
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