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The Door is a novel by Hungarian writer Magda Szabó. The novel concerns the developing relationship between a young Hungarian writer and her. One of The New York Times Book Review’s “10 Best Books of ” An NYRB Classics Original The Door is an unsettling exploration of the relationship. The Door continues to be eerily resonant, as Szabó’s consideration of the changing sociopolitical terrain in s–s Hungary speaks across borders of time.

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What kind of a flower was Emerence? Jan 02, Margitte rated it really liked it Shelves: Read reviews that mention beautifully written magda szabo well written thought provoking main characters old woman main character relationship between two women character study len rix best books human nature takes place book club older woman translated into english dog dor viola viola the dog long time different women.

Retrieved from ” https: Emerence is an enigma who has built up a solid barrier around herself.

The story is about the bonds they forged and their love-hate relationship. Finding the key to Emerence’s past becomes te reader’s quest. The bewitching narration was doing the whole trick, which was a cross between a guileless confession and a virtuous revelation. This ambiguity on who is acting on whom makes me think of this book as a meditation on subjectivity.

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When the story begins, Magda has just come into favour with the government and her works are finally allowed to be published again. Somehow it took me longer to read than I expected, because events unfold very slowly while you just szsbo everything points to a specific event that is mentioned in the prologue. It raises ethical issues in relation to friendship, love, death and dignity that have no easy resolution.

Well, after reading this novel, I’ve come to think that Hungarians do have their hidden gems, just the same as we do. Her dexterous, self-ironizing distance the autobiographical elements are obviousthe detached gestures with which the narrator interrupts herself, the muted fury that erupts in overlong or half-sentences, and a certain moral seriousness and ethical anguish also impregnate this gem of a novel. Get to Know Us. I had rushed off in a TV car towards its radiance, away from illness, old age, loneliness and incapacity.


Two weeks ago, I would have given The Door three stars and moved on. This is a heart-breaking and sensitively thoughtful story about the long-term friendship between two very different women: I know this is a favorite of many but I just couldn’t relate to Emerence’s rages and tantrums and never felt I matda her or indeed her employer or their actions and while the book is very readable and there are moments where it captured my imagination but I cant honestly say I enjoyed the novel and hence my 2.

What little talking she is willing to do does not include her doir. Assuming that someone can vouch for the writer and her husband, and that they won’t brawl or get drunk, Emerence will decide her pay once she sees how slovenly her new charges are. Emerence and Magda develop a deep relationship that is not fully realized until the end, including the shared caring for a dog named Viola who comes to see both women as her owners. Yes, we are told in perfect pacing w 4.

Does it ever really work? The narrator, a writer, has made accommodations with the government, though these are not spelled out. It’s a gorgeously rendered story about how two szzabo can love each other deeply and yet completely misunderstand each other at the most perilous moments.

Yet, with difficulty, there is symbiosis. The Magda of the novel is an award-winning writer, a church-goer, and almost pathologically self-conscious. This page was last edited on 29 Juneat Things come to a head, a door is opened, and another one is closed. It was opened by someone who defended her solitude and impotent misery so fiercely that she would have kept that door shut though a flaming roof crackled over her head.

It had some rises in the hillside but generally flattened out becoming all too often a telling and not a showing.

I finished it, and straightaway started to read it again. Please try again later. Emerence is a character I will not soon forget, a woman who has seen much, sheltered unbiasedly different people throughout the war, a hardworking woman of the utmost honor and pride.

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Can anyone describe a book anymore without immediately saying it is like something else? Coor had a belief in animal purity “They can’t inform on us, or tell lies about us”while never questioning her way of beating animals into near-senseless submission. Nobody rhe the full picture of Emerence – she must have enjoyed a quiet smile at our expense as we struggled to work out the full story, as each of us tried to match his own allotted pieces of information with maggda granted to others.


She realises that she must employ a housekeeper to be able to dedicate herself to writing full-time. A scene near the end is a strong indictment against materialism, for any reason, even love. I’m not your dead mother, or your nursemaid, or your little chum. The complex and unusual relationship between the two women and with the most expressive representative, Viola the dog develops and leads them ghe commit themselves into a secret pact and then into the climax of the story which the writer will have to carry for the last of her life.

At a pivotal moment in their friendship, the narrator betrays Emerence and even though her intentions are good, the act has horrible repercussions. But it’s best to discover her through the pages of this novel, which I urge you to read! Even though she works in Magda’s home, Emerence remains as much an enigma to Magda as she is to the rest of the neighbourhood.

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Over the two decades that Emerence works for the narrator, the women form a sort of passionate friendship filled with drama and complexity like a relationship between teenaged girls.

I was szbao if this was based on a true story or pure fiction. Customers who viewed this item also viewed.

This is a powerful book, devastating, tragic, and deeply insightful. The fervent barking of a mongrel was followed by a pair of impenetrable irises; blue as the deepest ocean. Magda, out of genuine concern, intervenes and arranges magds forcibly take Emerence to a hospital to recover.