More Was Lost
ISBN10: 1590179498 ISBN13: 9781590179499 Contributors: McClatchy, J. D. (Introduction) Publisher: New York Review of Books Published: Feb 16 2016 Pages: 278 Weight: 0.70lbs. Height: 8.00" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
Best known for her classic book Green Thoughts: A Writer in the Garden, Eleanor Per nyi led a worldly life before settling down in Connecticut. More Was Lost is a memoir of her youth abroad, written in the early days of World War II, after her return to the United States. In 1937, at the age of nineteen, Per nyi falls in love with a poor Hungarian baron and in short order acquires both a title and a struggling country estate at the edge of the Carpathians. She throws herself into this life with zeal, learning Hungarian and observing the invisible order of the Czech rule, the resentment of the native Ruthenians, and the haughtiness of the dispossessed Hungarians. In the midst of massive political upheaval, Per nyi and her husband remain steadfast in their dedication to their new life, an alliance that will soon be tested by the war. With old-fashioned frankness and wit, Per nyi recounts this poignant tale of how much was gained and how much more was lost.