Psyche that you have seldom xperienced before I wanted to read something completely different after finishing A Lesson Before Dying and decided choose this The Accidental Beauty Queen ebook release from NetGalley I have read several of Zweig s works previously Perhaps the juxtaposition with Gaines realistic prose accentuated what seemed overly mannered in this novella Maybe it would have felt that wayven without the comparison I will never know of course but my reaction to this story was definitely muted I had difficulty ngaging with the characters or situationsMy reading history with Zweig s novellas has been largely positive with only one or two that I thought missed the mark I fear that this story may join that small group whether due to the vagaries of reading timing or not I guess I will never know If you njoy reading Zweig and I know many of you I suggest giving this story a chance Just do not make the mistake I did of reading it so immediately after such a realistic piece of fiction as Gaines work35A copy of this book was provided by Pushkin Press through NetGalley in return for an honest review Zweig again displays his magic in his ability to grasp resolutely and devoutly the reader s attention uickly And again he chooses public spaces where paradoxically the most private corners of a person s soul can be ncountered hotels trains ships and casinos Places of transit with an lement of chancePeripatetic that he was these places offered him Crown of Stars (Crown of Stars, endless portrait galleries from where he could pick his types And incisivexaminer that he was his surgical observations xposed the crevices of the human hearts not visible on the disclosed canvases And in those crevices he always detects the passions that forceful and lusive substance that xerts its will over any always ineffectual shieldSeductivelyOne also recognizes his amiable and profound impartiality in the way he could mold a story to show how very predictable the unpredictable isIt all can happen in a short and measured slice of a person s life It s my first ncounter with Steven Zweig and after reading a few pages a uery I posed to myself in contemplation that why I waited so long to read this author such was the impact of Zweig The author had precision of a sculptor to craft sentences with just This Forsaken Earth enough verbosity but with deep observations to put forth the deep secrets of human beings which are buried well below the layers of bygone times I guess there are other people like me whoasily gets bored from things if they stick for long P and always looks for something to read with which the bond could be disassembled just before it starts becoming a languor to you then this is for you it s roughly 90 odd pages with a short size however it s narrative a burst of deep motions having tales within in a tale The prose is intoxicating wherein you feel that although it begins on a very innocuous note but as you move on you realize that it goes into deep abyss of human motions and by the time you nd the book the human motions are totally Campfire exposed to nakedye to reiterate imperfect human xistence The xperience of reading of Zweig is truly amazing for it s like a short sojourn wherein reader initially starts to feel sympathizing towards the protagonist as if one is spellbound by someone whom you meet first time in your life but the persona of that person is so charismatic that you feel like pull along by some hidden force as you move along with book you really start feeling the Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars emotions of the protagonist as your own as if the protagonist is someone who has been brought up by the author from the deep reminiscences of your past and you know her well but somehow it got stacked down by the pile of memories The book revolves around morality of our society towards women for there are two intriguing issues in the book Could a woman have really done this with a perfect stranger or was the situation a ruse And should she bencountered again should she be treated with contempt as an outcast from society As our society has traditionally been patriarch and always maintained a different Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life eye at times disdainful for women the uestion here is whether a woman who has done an act perhaps on her will could be accepted in the society or she should be devoid of any sort of respect I won t say we should sympathize with anyone since I feel that refutes the very meaning of a authenticxistence and be declared an outcast to our civilized society The married couples furiously maintain that she should be treated with utter contempt The narrator finds himself pushed into a position of defence This accusation rather annoyed me and when the German lady added her mite by remarking instructively that there were real women on the one hand and natural born tarts on the other and in her opinion Madame Henriette must have been one of the latter I lost patience ntirely and became aggressive myself Such a denial of the obvious fact that at certain times in her life a woman is delivered up
to mysterious powers beyond her own will and judgment I said merely concealed fear of mysterious powers beyond her own will and judgment I said merely concealed fear of own instincts of the demonic lement in our nature and many people seemed to take pleasure in feeling themselves stronger purer and moral than those who are Annual Editions: Technologies, Social Media, and Society easily led astray Zweig has brilliantly conveyed the swings inxpressions of a man his control is like that of a river which flows with a poise to have no impetus no hesitation until it mingles with xpanse of aua Once like a little waves rippling galvanically spread out from his lips once again his hands were clasped the boyish face disappeared behind greedy xpectation until the spasmodic tension xploded and fell apart in disappointment the face that had just looked boyish turned faded wan and old light disappeared from the burnt out yes and all this within the space OF A SECOND AS THE BALL CAME TO REST a second as the ball came to rest the wrong number And as soon you finish the book you are innocently forced to ponder that how magical it s that the author has been able to do so much in so few pages I won t say he was a minimalist as Beckett was but he surely had deep understanding of human Black Heart, Red Ruby emotions like a psychologist and mastery over choosing them so as to make a portrait of man which has just those details that are necessary to make it alive to Leta uma acesa discussãontre os hóspedes do hotel leva a Senhora C uma aristocrata inglesa de sessenta sete anos a recordar um pisódio secreto da sua vida ue a tortura há mais de duas décadas. ,
This short but nthralling read captured me from beginning to nd Although the title beguiled me the story is simple a group of guests in a hotel hear that a woman has left her husband He is inconsolable and of course condemnations are instigated But one woman says hold on maybe there is than meets the ye She is asily dismissed but the author hunkers down to hear her storyAnd it s a great tale Yes one can say there is a morality story at play but as things unravels always do not be haste to judge someone There is always two sides to the story and than meets the yeA special thanks to Lu s for the recommendation I Too moralistic and porcelain for me it needs Maugham s ironic detachment Written in the mid 1920s a rich widow age 42 sees a handsome young gambler lose all his money at Monte She goes to bed with him and gives him a wad to be a Good Boy she s now auiver and spends the next 24 years a wreck mulling it all over The lad betrays her of course as charmers must The death of his love reflects her loneliness and missing the fuck Zweig s schmaltzy point life depends on the impulse control He ignored this himself An oopsy movie Affair in Monte Carlo starring Merle Oberon 1954 brought me here and I find the cine rhomance a bite of gugelhupf I didnt believe a word of the novella but then we re not ЯED expected to How in so few pages in so few words can we convey so manymotions to the reader Mr Zweig are you a magician A wizard of wordsI burned with curiosity when I read this novel I wanted to know the secret that was gnawing at this old lady The passion of one day and the disillusionment of so many years What pain But what a sublime pain It s somewhat ambiguous as a phenomenon But it must admit that Stefan Zweig is an outstanding storyteller and that he leads you uietly where he decided in the world of passion or passions and the urgent and senseless decisions that generate it thisZweig has the gift of ntering into the intimacy of the feelings of his heroes profoundly and modestly at the same time of keeping his reader in suspense and it is simply sublime This republication of a 1927 novella provided me a first opportunity to xperience the fictional work of this beloved Austrian man of letters This pacificist and humanist The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs escaped from thearly rise of Fascism for a life of Moreno exile in England New York and finally Brazil where he and his wife committed suicide in 1942 That fate shouldn t affect how you react to his work but for me it did I sought something that reflected the struggle to find meaning of humanxistence in the face of modern Monsieur Pain evils but I found instead a cool parable about morality and unintended conseuences of kindness I did appreciate thelegance and intellectual cleverness of the way he nested a story within a story Around the dining table of a small hotel in the French Riviera at the turn of the 20th century the guests witness a respectable married woman with children being charmed by a presumed stranger and suddenly running off with him The discussion among the guests A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author evokes much moral outrage but a lone artistocratic widowxtols the virtues of a human capacity to make such a leap for passion at the What If expense of civilized responsibilies and rational will She is drawn to relate a comparable story when she was younger and acted out of character to help a man gambling beyond his means at the roulette table in Monte Carlo It was her fascination with thexpressiveness of her hands that moved her to act on his behalf An amazing riff about her vision of the whole society of gamblers from the perspective of their hands was the best part of this tale for meBecause she is moved by a sense of suicidal desperation in this man she gets involved deeply and is subject to some surprising revelations about his unforeseen character and about her own actions The multiple displacements for the reader by having actions of one fictional story of reflections on one woman s obscured story kaleidoscoped into another character s reflection on her past give the novella some worthy mental twists I could respect the artistry of Zweig but I wasn t able to work up much The Exhaustion Breakthrough emotionalngagement or garner meaningful take home lessons on the human condition Because now a month after reading this little impact looms in my mind I notched my initial 4 star reaction down to 3 stars From this point I
am ager to pursue his Chess Story as perhaps a substantial chance to savor his talentsThiseager to pursue his Chess Story as perhaps a substantial chance to savor his talentsThis was provided by the publisher for review by the Netgalley program Beware Stefan Zweig is a beguiling seducer who is always one move ahead of you the reader the vulnerable object of his desiresZweig sets his short novella Twenty Four Hours in the Life of a Woman in a Monte Carlo hotel and it
Only Takes Him Sixtakes him six to set the stage with an overture to the main plot a young wife inexplicably leaves her husband and children for a twenty year old she has known for a day or so The husband is mortally crushed and humiliated This is but the preludeThe wife s action becomes the obsessive conversation piece among a group of bourgeoise guests who Take Sides Against The Narrator Offering Possible Explanations For The sides against the narrator offering possible xplanations for the s inexplicable behavior Now that Zweig has deftly Supplemental Book etched into glass his main characters he begins the main movement of his story which revolves around anlderly aristocratic guest who recognizes the narrator s compassionate objectivity and seeks him out to confess a regrettable story involving a younger man that took place in the course of a day and has haunted her for a lifetime There is an important twist the confessor was a wealthy young widow whose life at the time had become rather meaningless not an adulterous wife Her story also takes place in Monte Carlo years ago where she Hark! The Herald Angels Scream ended up trying to save a compulsive gambler from destroying himself bringing her into dangerous flirtation with the ruin of her respectable identity that has somehow survived what she considers to be her meaninglessxistenceOnce you finish Twenty Four Hours in the Life of a Woman and begin to shake away the cosmic dust Zweig has sprinkled across your mind with his ffortless prose you realize this Viennese seducer has layered an unforgettable lesson in classic story telling into your. A rotina de um hotel na Riviera é abalada por uma notícia scandalosa Uma mulher abandona o marido as duas filhas m nome de uma paixão por um jovem ue havia acabado de conhecer Este pisódio despo.
CHARACTERS Vierundzwanzig Stunden aus dem Leben iner FrauAve a consciousness of its own and not than that that so much could happen in one s life over the span of just 24 hours as it s also reinforced by the author himself And now you will understand why I suddenly brought myself to tell you about my own Red River Girl experience When you defended Madame Henriette and said so passionately that twenty four hours could determine a woman s whole life I felt that you meant me I was grateful to you since for the first time I felt myself as it were confirmed in myxistence Insightful uick novella that doesn t reach the heights of Zweig s masterful CHESS STORY but reminded me uite a bit of DEATH IN VENICE The set up in the first 15 pages is really fun I love the way this generation of writers needs a first person justification for a third person narrative it s realism mingling with the author is present and the inner frame that the title references has some La strada delle croci excellent moments There s a particularly good hand description that worth watching out forAnd I loved the cadence and repetition of this paragraph spoilers which is a great bit of morning after writing How long this dreadful condition lasted I cannot say such moments are outside the measured time of ordinary life But suddenly another fear came over me swift and terrible the stranger whose name I did not know might wake up and speak to me And I knew there was only one thing to do I must get dressed and make myscape before he woke I must not let him set yes on me again I must not speak to him again I must save myself before it was too late go away away away back to some kind of life of my own to my hotel I must leave this pernicious place leave this country never meet him again never look him in the ye have no witnesses no accusers no one who knewSadly some steam comes out of the narrative after this wonderful seuence as the action trends The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth expected but it s shortnough that it doesn t overstay its welcome This dition Pushkin has something funky going on with the spacing between words in certain lines that drove me a bit nuts but the translation is good Makes for a fun rainy day this one The heart has its reasons which reason knows not Blaise Pascal Le coeur a ses raisons ue la raison ne conna t point Petty prejudices fear of the unknown and the painfulness of having to face one s own shortcomings can swirl one into obnoxious judgmentalness We humble and ignorant wizard apprentices in a life we cannot re create might never acuire adeuate depth of insight and wisdom to understand another one s or ven our own heart one s innermost feelings and inner storms Austrian writer Stefan Zweig 1881 1942 did as this gorgeous novella abundantly and proficiently demonstrates In a small pension at the French Riviera an apparently respectable married woman overnight abandons her husband and offspring to Pretty Reckless (All Saints High, elope with a perfect stranger Abhorred a few other couples residing in the pension discuss her conduct vehemently Why did she behave like that Was it a planned act of conspiracy or did ituate a whimsical coup de foudre What kind of woman could be that wicked I recall the horrible Sylvia Tietjens in Ford Madox Ford s Parade s End Their commensal the narrator bored and irritated by The Bigot Display Of bigot display of purity and bourgeois arrogance challenges the couples haughty thoughts and comes to the defence of the fallen woman Taking the noble stance that he d rather understand others than condemn them he draws the attention of another guest a distinguished old English lady Mrs C Pushed by the scandal voking strong reminiscences Mrs C after 20 years of shame and silence feels the need to finally pour her heart out on what has been the most ventful and passionate 24 hours in her life That is where a remarkable tale within the tale starts The West Transformed ending up in a secular confession a woman talking about the passion Her story catapults us back to the deliciously vicious mundane setting of fin de si cle Monte Carlo where Mrs C world weary seeks thrill in the casino to feel that she is still alive after her husband s untimely death In my second year of mourning that is to say my forty second year I had come to Monte Carlo at thend of March in my unacknowledged flight from time that had become worthless and was than I could deal with To be honest I came there out of tedium out of the painful mptiness of the heart that wells up like nausea and at least tries to nourish itself on small xternal stimulations The less I felt in myself the strongly I was drawn to those places where the whirligig of life spins rapidly If you are xperiencing nothing yourself the passionate restlessness of others stimulates the nervous system like music or dramaWithin a space of twenty four hours she will learn life reconfiguring lessons on human nature and herself inspired by the ncounter with a troubled young Polish diplomat in the casino I had come to know immeasurably about reality than in my preceding forty respectable years
OF LIFE THE WORD IMPOSSIBLE SUDDENLYlife The word impossible suddenly lost its meaning to her Despair obsession passion crisis will become her part Zweig plays masterfully with the conventions of the genre depicting the raffish aristocrats and the dubious couettes lacing the most Paper Chasers elegant sentences brilliantly together The most impressive however is his amazingly intricate psychological dissection of the heart and soul of the aging woman regarding her own life as utterly pointless aiming to rescue another lost soul I summonedverything in me to save him by all the means at my command A human being may know such an hour perhaps only once in his
life and out of millions again perhaps only one will know it but for that terrible chanceand out of millions again perhaps only one will know it but for that terrible chance myself would never have guessed how ardently desperately with what boundless greed a man given up for lost will still suck at The Complete Polly and the Wolf every red drop of life Kept safe for 20 years from all the demonic forces ofxistence I would never have understood how magnificently how fantastically Nature can merge hot and cold life and death delight and despair together in a few brief moments And that night was so full of conflict and of talk of passion and anger and hatred with tears of VOYAGES DE GRANDE CROISIERE entreaty and intoxication that it seemed to me to last a thousand years and we two human beings who fellntwined into its chas. Vinte A Riesling to Die e uatro horas na vida de uma mulher é um relato apaixonante intimista sobre a vida de uma mulher ue se liberta das correntes do pudor Pookie-Pie: A Sweet Bedtime Story e do preconceito socialm nome de uma paixão avassaladora.