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Esther's Inheritance by Sándor Márai
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Sep 04, 2011

really liked it
Read from August 21 to September 03, 2011

Elegantly written with perfect pacing and an economy of words, Márai weaves a tale of fate postponed, but never denied. As if caught in a slowly moving but remorsefulness whirlpool, you feel yourself pulled in a direction that is neither good nor satisfying, but just must be. We are of a time and place where protagonists can claw, kick, scream, and scheme their way out of any situation. Predestination is for the medievalists! This is not that time and place and anything as unseemly as kicking and screaming would never find its place in a Sándor Márai book. Instead, as in Embers, the story unfolds with deliberation and we and the characters are as powerless to do anything as the fly in the web. Acceptance is the sum of our destiny.

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