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Skylark by Dezső Kosztolányi
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Jan 07, 2012

really liked it

Even in translation (the book was originally composed in Hungarian), there is an unmistakable color to the prose of Skylark. It is slyly devastating, for being so comedic, so forlorn, so understated, and so bold. The plot is not so much a storyline-- more of a quiet sea change-- but a perfect enmeshing of characters, from the familiar father Akos, to the jejune daughter Skylark, to the cipher of beautiful opera singer Olga Orosz. This is a book to sit with, to chew on, to enjoy longer than its mere 200-odd pages permit you to spend reading.
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