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In an epic tale of identity and the indomitable human spirit. An incredibly powerful memoir. "I'd grown up in the land of TRANSYLVANIA, homeland to Dracula, Vlad the Impaler, and, worse, the Communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu-who turned Romania into a land of gray-clad zombies who never dared to show their individuality, and where neighbors became informants, and the Se ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Bettie Young's Books (first published August 17th 2010)
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Sheila
I don’t read a lot of memoirs, but the title Out of the Transylvania Night intrigued me, and Aura Imbarus’ writing pulled me in straight from the start. Her descriptions create vivid images of an impoverished snow-covered Romania, of childhood, family, the fear and fury of wanting to be just a little bit different, and the horror of knowing not wearing red might have saved a young girl’s life.

Snipers fire down from the rooftops as a world, never safe but surely at least a little predictable, exp
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Giovanni Gelati
Aug 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
To read this novel is to take a ride on an emotional rollercoaster that has many twists and turns. The story chronicles the life and times of Aura and her family as they live in a Communist country. The many hardships they must endure just to get through a “normal” day, is enough to depress anyone. Shopping for just the basic essentials as outlined by the leaders would leave one totally devoid of any hope. The story sets out revealing what Aura’s life is like on a daily basis and then everything ...more
Kathy
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
Wow! I just finished this book and can't stop thinking about it. Kept my husband up late sharing Aura's story with him.

One criteria I have for a 5 Star book is that once done reading I continue to think about what I read. Out of the Transylvania Night by Aura Imbarus is definitely a book that I am still thinking about.

Aura's memoir of her life in Romania and subsequent immigration to America is remarkable. I must admit my own knowledge of world events is lacking. A revolution in Romania? In fac
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E.
Aug 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I have to admit when I saw the title of this book I was thinking vampires, bats and gargoyles. Not a fan of vampires and such, fortunately this book is not about bats in the belfry. Intending to skim through the book, I dutifully began with the first page of chapter one, and before I knew it, I was on page fifty of this remarkable journey through history and life, totally immersed in the story. Having read hundreds of book over my lifetime, I can tell when a book is a hit or miss within the firs ...more
Carol Harlow
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was a very good read. It was hard to put it down. I was shocked to find out what Aura went through in the not so distant past. I think I’ve lived a very sheltered life, not having a clue what was going on in the world around me.

Aura is an amazing woman, a rebel and a free spirit! She has a determination that has gotten her where she is today. It was such an inspiring story to read and to find out what a courageous woman Aura Imbarus is, and an inspiration. From wearing red wh
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Tabitha Turnbow
Sep 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Wow, I am a bit nervous here. This is my first actual posting of a novel and I thought I would try to start off with one that really tugged at my heart and made me think really hard about myself and those around me. Out of the Transylvania Night is that novel and it has so many different facets. It is hard to quantify to what genre this novel belongs. It contains history, plenty of action, suspense, drama, heart wrenching moments and romance all wrapped up neatly within the covers. Aura Imbarus ...more
Once
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st memoir I read, and it did not disappoint. What a incredible story. The Author has written such a beautiful, thrilling story about growing up in Transylvania and living in a communist country. Being from Cuban decent, we know something about communism as well and its incredible to know people in other parts of the world are going through the same challenges as other. We get to experience the life choices that Aura has to make as she grows up and in to her adult life. We experience ...more
Jeannette Katzir
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Out of the Transylvania Night is a fast paced, beautifully written memoir. It is about Aura, Transylvania, Communism and migration. Aura grows up in Transylvania and is witness to what Communism is REALLY about. My father has always loved the idea of Communism, but if he was to really experience, as did Aura the realities, he wouldn't any longer. Aura carries you with her as she grows up and makes some very hard choices. Stay with family, leave and live a decent life. Go with man she loves, or l ...more
Marla Martenson
Aug 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, you can't put it down. Aura's life is truly amazing! I highly recommend this book.
Lois
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Out of the Transylvania Night is a deeply moving account of one woman’s search for her own identity, firstly under the Communist dictatorship of the ruthlessly oppressive Ceauşescu, and, later, as she struggles to maintain her integrity in the face of overwhelming materialism. The memoir opens in the dying days of the Ceauşescu regime, as the local Romanian citizenry decide to fight back, after decades of misrule. As Dumitru Ciocoi-Pop writes in his Foreword to this heartrending memoir: “In Aura ...more
Linda
Jan 06, 2018 rated it liked it
I enjoyed reading this book. I am currently interested in Romanian history as a family member is moving there soon. The authors experiences in the revolution and after as well as her immigrant experience in the US held my attention. I don't think everyone would be interested in the revolution and her family dynamics however.
Trena
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
A great reminder that hard work accomplishes dreams. The love story is pretty good too :)
Steve
May 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Donation bin.
Wanda
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
For the life of me I don't get the 5 star reviews and glowing blogs on GR, Amazon and the web concerning this book. Of course I could not find any actual big time reviewers that had published anything on Out of the Transylvania Night, but even so -- FIVE STARS?? I think not. I saw one reviewer call it a Cinderella story. Huh? It's about as close in theme to Cinderella as War and Peace is to Rapunzel.
I bought this book because there is so little written about the horror of the Ceausescu years and
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Jill
Sep 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
In this powerful read you will journey along with Aura experiencing every emotion imaginable during the Communist rule and the violent Romanian Revolution.

Under this horrendous rule, neighbors became informants and the Romanian security force, made people quietly disappear during the night.

On a cold December day, close to Christmas in 1989 sniper fire rang out into crowds of shoppers. The bloodshed went on for 5 days while Aura and her family did what they had to do just to survive.

I admire Aura
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Wendy Hines
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first read this title, I immediately thought, oh a vampire book. I was never so off-track in my life!! Out of the Transylvania Night is a memoir and it is a story of which you will never forget.

Living under communist regime, life is nothing as we know it. To have any individuality was frowned upon. Aura loved her bits of buttons and zippers to get away from the gray that was everywhere. There were securities everywhere, eyes watching your every move, some you thought has beloved friends o
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Shari
Jan 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I accepted this book from the publisher not really knowing what to expect, but wanting to broaden my reading horizons a bit. I'm so glad that I did. The story of Aura Imbarus was fascinating, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. Aura takes us on the roller coaster ride of her life. While she has a beautiful family and is surrounded by love from them, the country around her is in turmoil and she dreams of making a new life in America. Things that I take for granted every day, were lu ...more
Suzanne
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romania, kindle
An interesting follow-up to my recent trip to Romania. It was really compelling to read what it was like for an 18-year-old girl to go through the 1989 revolution that ended communist rule. Fascinating that I was in some of the places she mentioned. And an unexpected follow-on was to find that she then emigated to Los Angeles--my neck of the woods--and to think of the differences between the two times and places through her eyes. Enjoyed it.
Judy
Sep 25, 2011 rated it liked it
This story describes the transformation of an Eastern European into a Californian. It is a personal story which is nicely told. It helped me understand the life an times of Eastern Europe, immigration issues too. etc.
Misty
May 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Tanner (knowing I love memoirs of courageous woman) gave me this book for Mother's Day! I can't wait to begin reading!
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Daniel
Read for a class. This was a very easy read, enjoyable. 1st person, memoir that begins when the author is a teenager with her experience of the events around the overthrow of Ceausescu, her life in the few years afterwards, and in the last third or so, her moving to LA and getting caught up in a very materialistic mindset.
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