Posts Tagged ‘Sandor Marai’

Books: Salsa dancing, Sandor Marai and Darwinia!

February 6, 2009

Over at Bookslut, Colleen Mondor, the bookslut in training, celebrates Darwin:

In this anniversary year for Charles Darwin (two hundred years for his birth and one hundred fifty for the publication of On the Origin of Species) it is entirely appropriate that he should be celebrated by readers and scientists of all ages. For the younger set One Beetle Too Many by Kathryn Lasky and Charles Darwin by Alan Gibbons (nicely illustrated in a realistic fashion by Leo Brown) are both fictionalized accounts of his life to be embraced. Lasky begins with Darwin’s childhood and the delight of growing up in a house where the words “Don’t Touch” were never used. Matthew Trueman’s rather whimsical illustrations show how much nature appealed to him even as a small boy and provide a great deal of humor.

Bookslut also carries Paul Morton’s review of Sandor Marai’s Esther’s inheritance:

Esther’s Inheritance is a frustrating little book. Márai purposefully allows terrible revelations to land without shock. And as Esther and Lajos regard themselves at a remove, inverting the archetypes of the good woman and the scoundrel, we are forced to regard them at one as well.

And that may be the source of the great flaw of the book. It explains, honestly and fairly, all the great inherent evils in Esther’s society. But it forgets that “the contract” Esther and her parents established created a world so many still find alluring, whatever its false promises.

Finally, Tyler Cowen recommends Kristin Luker’s Salsa dancing into the social sciences:

I enjoyed this book very much and I thought it was one of the best books on the philosophy of the social sciences I have read, ever. In part it is good because it ignores philosophy of science (and Continental philosophy gobbledy-gook) and focuses on the anthropology of how research is actually done.

Recommended.

Have fun!

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Casanova in Bolzano

January 17, 2008

I finished reading Sandor Marai’s Casanova in Bolzano; if you have read Embers (which, you should, if you haven’t already), there are certain things that are familiar — a rich and powerful man, his wife, and her lover; the lover is a coward since he ran away leaving the girl to the rich man; and so on. There are also the typical meditative and ruminative monologues of Marai, like the one which goes on page after page discussing a single line note that the girl wrote to her lover “I must see you”. If you like Marai and his writing style, here is a book that you would enjoy. If you haven’t read any Marai, I would still recommend that you read Embers first before reading this one.

PS: Here is the Complete Review on Casanova in Bolzano:

 B: more talk than action, decent character-study.

Book group discussion on Sandor Marai’s The Rebels

October 23, 2007

Two pieces on Marai’s The Rebels with a promise of more to come (via Maud). Here is the book club forum. Take a look!