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The Story of My Wife

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Translated from the Hungarian by Ivan Sanders.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 13th 1989 by Vintage (first published 1942)
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Feb 03, 2008 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An outstanding piece of work. Fust should have gotten the Nobel prize (he almost did). Embarrasing number of typos (especially for a Vintage International pressing of a book that's now almost 70 years old), but at least it's available in English. Sort of a lower-key cross between Dostoevsky and early Hamsun, with hints of Proust. Soldily in the vein of the early 20th century "down and out" confessional novel that says more between (and beyond) the lines than what the narrator seems to "think" he ...more
Juan Carlos
Nov 07, 2015 Juan Carlos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«Que mi mujer me engañaba, lo presentí hace tiempo. Pero con ese...» De esta forma tan brillante, una de esas primeras frases que encandilan,, comienza una de esas obras maestras a las que uno sabe que volverá de nuevo en el futuro.No es de lectura complicada pero tampoco asequible. Yo recomiendo una lectura diaria y no dejarla para volver sobre ella pues se pierde bastante. La estructura de la novela no es caótica aunque se base en un «desorden ordenado» al hilo de las fluctuaciones de los recu ...more
William E. Fleming
Cualquiera que lee por primera vez a este autor, verá que su prosa es caótica, loca, que parece no seguir un patrón predefinido en toda novela. Pero ahí radica el error por el cual muchos dejan la novela sin terminar. Por lo que no comprenden la prosa de este autor europeo.

Fust, juega a convertir el pensamiento de un hombre, Jakab un marinero, en papel.
La forma de pensar, de todos es del mismo estilo que esta novela, rememorando hechos que al parecer son inconexos o no hacen avanzar la trama.

Mar 09, 2016 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-make-it
Not my cup of tea but a good character sketch. I had to put this down because I was on vacation in Hawaii and not in the mood to read about a cheating spouse and her cuckold of a husband. I might pick it back up, but in many ways the fanfare is overblown. This is no Ulysses, no Kafka. What it is a good sketch of a man that reveals as much in what it doesn't say as what it does. The emptiness was immense, and perhaps were I in a darker place in my life I would have sympathized with the Captain's ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Mimi rated it really liked it
what a wild ride this book is! The narrator is wildly jealous of his wife, but on very obscure grounds; and he can't stop himself imagining all kinds of things about her, but that isn't all. He goes off on one tangent after another, including his own infidelities, business adventures, his travels (he is a sea captain, at least part of the time). He is exhausting and infuriating; today we would say at the least that he's hyperactive. Towards the end he also becomes a sad, incomplete person.
Una novela intrascendente, pesada... He tardado más de tres meses en terminarla, y únicamente por vergüenza.
No he conseguido, a estas alturas, saber si lo que me contaba era interesante o no; la narración no se hilvana, no hay innovaciones técnicas, es plana, no consigue atrapar al lector.
Nov 02, 2014 Beáta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's about a marriage. The man tells their story. He tells about his wife who wasn't faithfull...
Nov 02, 2014 Beáta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is about an eternal triangle, so it isn't a happy story but I liked it.
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