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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Wretched poverty is for memoirs. This was a worthwhile story for its unusual heroine, one I would remember for quite some time. After the death of its final leaf, the trees lay barren like a country that had abruptly lost its people. I found the atmosphere of this novel to be tye of darkness and despair. Emerence never stops being tyrannical, even in her expressions of love.

When Emerence reminiscences her past while she stitchesI cry ; when she reprimands either Viola or the writer and shows a speck of her blooming szabp ; I smile and when her eccentricities peak with obnoxious childish acts ; I laugh. When she returns, Emerence feels furiously betrayed.

It is unusual, original, and utterly compelling. A award winning novel, I rate The Door 4 quality stars.

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A few times after their arguments, I have to put the book aside and return when I am ready for more fire and brimstone. This book certainly deserves the said gesture.


Emerence, the said help, seems to be more in charge than her supposed employers. Can we allow ourselves to remain untouched by others in our world?

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I liked other people’s even less. Oct 31, Dem rated it it was ok Shelves: She had an innate goodness that shone through her being a dedicated soldier to her profession and when she saved a helpless life from a deathly ditch by giving it a home.

I’ll never see lightning the same way again. If this is the case you are in for a grand read. August The Door Spoiler 13 47 Aug 30, It brought this book alive on a totally different level and for once I believe that the film saved the book in a way.

Even the now-obligatory anthropomorphic dog lost his enchantment. Aug 23, Stephen P rated it really liked doorr Recommended to Stephen by: Magda is faced with a situation in which she has no good choice to make – both are a form of betrayal.

A mystery that deepened the yhe the door was shut. We are in a Hungarian village and listen in as an established author by the name of Magda recounts her experience over the course of twenty years, from, say, about toliving in a large apartment with her husband, a university instructor, and dog.

Her strength and endurance were legendary with her neighbors, and her iron will and determination made her intractable. Magda Szabo proves in The Door to be an astounding writer. Get to Know Us. This first meeting is governed by facelessness and fire: Emerence as the 20th Century Magda figures Emerence was born around It felt a little pointless. I would recommend this book szzabo fans of Ferrante. Magda attends fhe regularly, but Emerence is quite vocal in her disgust of organized religion; factoring into this, too, magra the covert political stances these two women embody.

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As a result, she hides her treasure deep inside her new apartment, never to show anyone inside the door to her secrets.

Looking for More Great Reads? This does not mean that I need to like everything they do. View all 3 comments. But, because I wanted to review it, I mzgda the book in the front of my mind and over time a deeper truth began to emerge for me.

The clatter of rusty shovels being removed equated to the asinine banters of old women gossiping on the porch.

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Come icy cold winters, or scorching hot summers, everyone was received on the soor. A giver more than a taker, she always knew what really matters. Viola cerca di aprire La Porta. A great book that I won’t soon forget.