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She writes about her marriage to a Hungarian baron, their life of a Ruthenian estate, and the devastating effects of WW II on their family and friends. Lucid, crisp, and unpretentious, this re-release of More Was Lost is a joy.

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Overview

She writes about her marriage to a Hungarian baron, their life of a Ruthenian estate, and the devastating effects of WW II on their family and friends. Lucid, crisp, and unpretentious, this re-release of More Was Lost is a joy.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780753198582
  • Publisher: ISIS Large Print Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Series: Isis Hardcover Series
  • Edition description: Large Type
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.66 (h) x 0.93 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2001

    Love and Loss in Central Europe

    More Was Lost, first published in 1946, has the feel of the movie classic Casablanca, but with Katherine Hepburn playing Ilsa instead of Ingrid Bergman. The beautiful author, an only child then 19 years old, is travelling though Europe with her imposing mother, when she meets the handsome Oxford-educated son of a Hungarian baron at a dinner-party in Budapest. Love, obstacles, obstacles overcome ¿ the initial chapters of the book read like the fairy tale the author seems to have been looking for in 1937, when, as she writes, 'I had not decided what to do with my life.' A feminist by conviction before the stance became commonplace, Mrs Perényi recounts the details of her exotic life as the new châtelaine in a Baroque castle in Ruthenia with candor, understatement and wit. Unlike most fairy tales, however, More Was Lost doesn't have a conventional happy ending ¿ the war closes in on the enchanted couple and the young bride's almost smug self-assurance is transformed into a poignant awareness: 'For a long time, the memory of the past sustains you, and when it no longer does, you are already a different person.' Mrs Perényi is a natural writer, with delightfully crisp diction that readers fond of Waugh, Sybille Bedford or Nancy Mitford will savor. More Was Lost is an elegant, idiosyncratic memoir of a strange time and place, for her and for the world. It is a pleasure to have this book back in print.

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