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Eyes Like the Sea

Mór Jókai

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He was a painter, a poet, a novelist. He lived during the Hungarian revolution and his love of freedom meant his life was often in peril. She was his first love, this girl with the eyes like the sea. She was at heart noble, good and loving. What an excellent lady might have been made out of this woman, if she had only met with a husband who, in the most ordinary acceptance of the word, had been a good fellow, as is really the case with about nine men out of every ten. But she always managed to draw the unlucky tenth out of the urn of destiny. And so she spurned his true love in favor of a high-flying dandy. He went on to pursue a life of politics and she to follow her capricious heart. But yet, throughout her life, she kept returning to him and to the end, of all men, she loved him perhaps best of all.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .When I got back to Pest, I found two letters awaiting me on my writing-table, one from Tony Várady, inviting me to stand godfather to his new-born son, and the other from Petöfi, informing me that he had just been married to Julia Szendrey, and that they were having very happy days at Teleky's Castle, Koltó. Both of these friends were poor fellows, like myself; and the ladies who had chosen to be their companions through life were girls belonging to wealthy, eminent families, accustomed to luxury and splendour, surrounded by obsequious wooers, and their mothers loved them as the apples of their eyes. Their families opposed the marriages, and the enamoured young ladies, handicapped as they were by the weight of their parents' refusal, followed their beloveds notwithstanding.

Then true love is no dream after all, but pure gold. And yet when I seek this pure gold they call me a crazy alchemist!

And now Petöfi begged me by letter to s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Felul în care este portretizată Bessie, subiectivismul scriitorului, cât și imaginile pitorești, evenimentele triste, revoluția, moartea, viața și dragostea, toate aceste elemente au format un roman inedit, captivant, în care până la final dragostea este cel mai important lucru din inima doamnei...more

It's very interesting and fascinating. The world is full of stories worth telling.

Four stars because I usually don’t really enjoy old literature. I enjoyed this book a lot! The main characters seem fated to be together, but... anyhow, spoils. I enjoyed it.

This exciting story kept me close to my iPad and headphones for several days. An understanding of Hungarian history and language (which I have not) would make the story more enjoyable, I think. The story is told in a series of flashbacks. Much of the narrative takes place during the Hungarian Rev...more

I loved this book! I found it by pure chance, searching for Hungarian literature as I had just been to Budapest and fell in love with it. Turns out that Mór Jókai is a legend in literature, and a revolutionary as well! He was amazingly prolific, and for this book, the writer won the Academy's pri...more