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Thursday, November 26, 2020

Read The World - Hungary - The Dukays

 Book: The Dukays

Author: Lajos Zilahy

Pages: 404

Book takes place in the country: YES

Author is from the country: YES

I have visited: NO

This is my 95th read for the year

This is a historical fiction noval about an aristocratic family at the turn of the 20th century.  Istvan Dukay and his wife and children live a privledged life in the early part of the century.  His children all grow and most of them grow away from the family and leave the country all together.  Their eldest son who is mentally disabeled, is the only one who truly doesn't ever leave the next.  The book covers from 1919 to 1939 covering both world wars.  Most of the story focuses on the youngest daughter, Zia.

This was an okay book.  I enjoed a lot of the story, and the writing was quite good.  However, too much of the book was about the daughter, Zia, and not about the family as a whole.  I felt that too much time was focused on this one child and could not really figure out why.  The book would have been a much better read if it would have focused on each of the children equally, or the famkly in Hungary at this time.  

I am not sure I can recommend it because it took place only 50% - and just barely - in Hungary, and the rest was while Zia was in Cyprus.

Stars: 3

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