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By Miklós Vámos | Comments: ( 814 ) | Date: ( Oct 24, 2019 )

When in 1705 Kornell Csillag s grandfather returns destitute to his native Hungary from exile, he happens across a gold fob watch gleaming in the mud The shipwrecked fortunes of the Csillag family suddenly take a new and marvelous turn The golden watch brings an unexpected gift to the future generations of firstborn sons clairvoyance Passed down from father to son, thiWhen in 1705 Kornell Csillag s grandfather returns destitute to his native Hungary from exile, he happens across a gold fob watch gleaming in the mud The shipwrecked fortunes of the Csillag family suddenly take a new and marvelous turn The golden watch brings an unexpected gift to the future generations of firstborn sons clairvoyance Passed down from father to son, this gift offers the ability to look into the future or back into history for some it is considered a blessing, for others a curse No matter the outcome, each generation records its astonishing, vivid, and revelatory visions into a battered journal that becomes known as The Book of Fathers For three hundred years the Csillag family line meanders unbroken across Hungary s rivers and vineyards, through a land overrun by wolves and bandits, scarred by plague and massacre, and brutalized by despots Impetuous, tenderhearted, and shrewd, the Csillags give birth to scholars and gamblers, artists and entrepreneurs Led astray by unruly passions, they marry frigid French noblewomen and thieving alehouse whores They change their name and their religion, and change them back They wander from home but always return, and through it all The Book of Fathers bears witness to holocaust and wedding feast alike.


  • Title: The Book Of Fathers
  • Author: Miklós Vámos
  • ISBN: 9780349119304
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Miklós Vámos

Mikl s V mos originally Tibor V mos, born 29 January 1950 in Budapest is a Hungarian writer, novelist, screenwriter, translator and talkshow host, who has published 33 books.



Comments The Book Of Fathers

  • Greg

    How was this book?The book was fine.The book was nice. It was ok. The book was inoffensive, which is a strange thing to say about a book that deals with the topics included in it. The Book of Fathers tells the stories of twelve generations of sons in a Hungarian family. The scope of the book is about four hundred years. The book itself is 460 pages. Some math tells me that the average number of pages for each sons' story is 38.33. Not very long. The book is infused with a magical element, that i [...]


  • Julie

    I was disappointed that I struggled so much with this book. Following twelve generations through three centuries is no easy feat, especially when dealing with Hungarian vernacular. While it was a well-rendered story, I found my lack of sympathy for the characters led to confusion when referencing prior patriarchs, though the family tree provided some guidance in keeping the first born sons straight. There seemed to me to be a disconnect between generations, typically because the fathers were not [...]


  • Ivana

    For some reason I was sure that I was going to like this novel, even before I know what it was about. When I've read the opening lines I was positive that I'd enjoy this one. I was right.This is a well rounded epic story, spending over centuries, following lives of one Hungarian family. The firstborn sons at some time in their life receive the books of Fathersbut they inherit something even more unusual than centuries old diary. The firstborn sons develop the ability to see into the past of thei [...]


  • Alan

    I don't read much translated contemporary literature, but this was a treat. I'm not sure what I was expecting, perhaps some kind of science fiction-like story line where the ability of the first-born in the family line is able to use their unusual gift to pull off amazing and unexplanable feats? Anyway, what I got was an extremely interesting guided tour through the family history of a mostly unremarkable clan. The ebb and flow of the writing was refreshing and not at all Hollywoodized, especial [...]


  • Brett Francis

    I moved to teach English in Hungary a few months ago and found this book in the very slim English section at the local bookstore. I waited a few months to read it, and I'm glad I did. I had a chance to travel and enjoy the sites and the villages around Hungary, which just made this book so much richer. I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn a little history of the area along the way. I can't quite put into words exactly why I liked this book as much as I did. There are those [...]


  • Clifford

    I enjoyed this 460-page, 400-year family saga quite a lot, but in the end its point escapes me. The device of the Book of Fathers was, I think, wasted, even though the last generation in effect digitizes his contributions to the book. An interesting way to learn a little something about Hungary . . .


  • G.

    After a urgent press to finish I found myself oddly unsettled. This had been the thick summer read I'd wanted and satisfied me in so many ways. There's a realism that supersedes the magic realism of mystically-powered paternity. Towards the end it becomes evident that there will be no deus ex machina; just the opposite. Something like a dissolution occurs, instead. And after repeatedly becoming attached to characters only to lose them, my view of Vamos's Hungary was dire, but not dire enough to [...]


  • Rob

    Book started great and I liked the concept but execution was only fair. I like reading historical fiction novels which span generations and keep the same family as central characters a la one of my favorite authors, Mr. Edward Rutherfurd. Miklos Vamos book is just not in the same league.The first half of the book was entertaining - each first born son had unique abilities to see into the past, led an interesting life, and passed on the Book of Fathers to his son. Then suddenly things change, the [...]


  • Amorfna

    Knjiga očeva, svedok prošlosti, zadužbina prenošena sa oca na prvorođenog sina, nasleđe u vidu sata i sposobnost gledanja unazad, u ono što je bilo generacijama pre i mutni obrisi onoga što će doći. Sveta, požutela, spašena iz zaborava i zauvek izgubljena.Prelepa porodična saga jedne mađarske porodice, počevši od 1705. godine pa do okvirno 1999. godine. 12 generacija, 12 prvorođenih sinova i njihovih usuda.Vamoš me je opčinio svojim setnim magičnim realizmom, bajkovitošću i [...]


  • Paul

    This book, which spans twelve generations of first born sons in Hungary, took a while for me to get into. Because it goes through so many generations so quickly, those looking for in-depth character development will be disappointed. However, when I got to the end I almost started right over.I would recommend reading the epilogue before the book. It might spoil a couple small things, but it tells of how Miklos Vamos came to write the book, how it connects to his life, and how he structured it, an [...]


  • François

    Een magisch-realistisch verhaal voert ons door 3 eeuwen (onderdrukt) Hongarije en 12 generaties, waarvan de oudste zoon het Boek er vaders aanvult. Boeiend!


  • Donald Schopflocher

    Highly entertaining saga of 12 generations of Hungarian first born sons over 300 years. Each son’s story reads like a folk or fairy tale, and none of these sons are spared the travails of their age.


  • Tim

    I bought this book during my holiday in Budapest in 2014. When abroad, I usually try to look for a book about either the city, region or country I was in. When reading the blurb, I found it quite interesting, so I decided to buy the book.As my Hungarian is close to non-existent, except for some basic words, I had to read a translation, in this case the English one. And I can tell you: the writing style is superb, poetic, beautifully worded. The style isn't always my main focus, but here you just [...]


  • Susan

    This Hungarian family saga, which starts around the end of the seventeenth century, tells the unlikely story, both personally and politically, through the nightmare of Hungarian history of a sort of Jewish family. The events recorded, rape, pillaging, fire, execution, kicking to death, abandonment, maiming, suicide, wasting away, are so hideous that survival, even to the age of 45 of so, is a grotesquely funny accomplishment. In fact, the guggle to zatch quality of the saga reminds me of Thurber [...]


  • lynne naranek

    It took me a long time make it through this book. Partly because of the subject matter (see next paragraph), partly because there was so much food for thought I couldn't just plow through everything, I needed some time off after each chapter or so just to let things sink in.History and me go together like oil and water: this is a result of lessons in school that were nothing more than exercises in memorization of dates and events. It is only through some form of historical fiction (Edward Ruther [...]


  • Julie

    I love generational sagas because no matter how bad things are you get to see things passing, changing. The longterm view is comforting. Things certainly get bad for the family in the Book of Fathers. Massacre, imprisonment, neglectful parents, rebellious sons, death camps, family estrangement, marital strife.The concept is a book that is passed from father to first-born son down through 12 generations. However since not every one is a faithful writer, it is the mystical watch that gives each ge [...]


  • Siria

    The Book of the Fathers is a sweeping tale of the male line of a single Hungarian family, the Csillags, across twelve generations and some three hundred years. Of mixed Jewish and Christian ancestry, the story of these twelve men—linked by the ability which most of them have to remember the experiences, skills and talents of their ancestors—becomes the story of Hungary in microcosm. It's readable, but I didn't love this novel. Vámos ties himself in to a structure of 12 chapters, each one co [...]


  • Jim Fonseca

    This Hungarian author has invented a genealogy, complete with genealogical chart, going back 12 generations to the early 1700's. He focuses on the first-born males who have, to varying degrees, an ability to vaguely foretell the future. But predicting the future doesn't mean you can do anything about it if you don't like what is going to turn up. So a very well-off Jewish gentleman in the 1920's is baffled by a recurring vision that he will die from starvation. Of course we know, as he could not [...]


  • Bob H

    This imaginative and somewhat mystic narrative is something that a reader will need to explore, not simply read through. This Hungarian family, through the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, does have something of a deus ex machina in the form of a watch fob with mysterious effects about it. A series of folios - collectively, the Book of Fathers - record the resulting visions and pass down from father to son. The trouble is - no spoiler - is that the visions do not give more than glimpses of past o [...]


  • Lizixer

    Picked this book almost at random off the shelves of the local library. The mixture of history and family saga appealed. I wasn't disappointed. This is a book infused with magical realism which seems to diminish the closer we get to the modern day and our loss of faith and spirituality. It all but disappears after the horrors of the second world war and the sterile world of post-war communist Hungary. it returns in horoscopes and late 20th century mysticism but magic lacks power as the modern wo [...]


  • Anna

    I tried to start this book a few times and never really got into it. However, when I finally did, I could hardly put it down. I loved it. It was neat to read so much about Hungary and its history, about which I knew almost nothing (it's not really a history book, but a family saga that takes you through many years; still there's lots of history in the background). It also made me think so much about the nature of time, genes, memory, family, and love. although it was mostly directly about memory [...]


  • Michael

    A really epic book, one of those family-history saga, telling the story of a Hungarian family and their Book of Fathers, which bestows the eldest son in each successive generation with the knowledge of everything his fathers did and of what was to come. Reminded me of the sweeping family-history magic realist novels of Latin America, though, like those, sometimes the transportation through the ages left me feeling dizzy and wanting to hold to one character for a while. (Though perhaps this is wa [...]


  • Arnold

    I bought this book after hearing a review on NPR. Normally, I agree with these reviews, but not in this case. I found the book to be depressingly formulaic. In the afterword the author discusses the structure of the book. Knowing why he wrote the book the way he did only made it seem less, in my opinion. He seems to have chosen an arbitrary structure having to do with the Zodiac signs. Each chapter is written with the same overall structure and the stories seem forced to me. The book follows twe [...]


  • Rita

    I am interested in reading authors from other countries and this is a translation from a Hungarian author who appears to be quite admired in his country. Read a review several years ago and found the book by chance at the library. It is an intriguing "imagination" of the lifeof the author's forefathers and by that I do mean fathers, from the 1700s to the present who all live magical if short lives. Despite my ignorance of Hungarian history the book somehow provides enough details of European his [...]


  • Patrizia

    Dal settecento al 1999, in uno stile che segue l'evolversi della lingua, la storia di una famiglia si intreccia alla Storia tormentata dell'Ungheria. Guerre, devastazioni, incendi, tragedie e fortune sono scrupolosamente annotati dai primogeniti in un libro, gelosamente custodito e salvato a ogni costo, che contiene anche il segreto di un dono speciale che si trasmette di padre in figlio.Si legge tutto d'un fiato, rendendosi conto alla fine, che il Libro dei Padri non è solo un diario. È la me [...]


  • Calzean

    For the first half of this book, I was really enjoying it. Then the characters became blurred as each of the chapters followed the same format and I had difficulty feeling any empathy to the featured man. Starting in the early 1700s, the story traces the lives of the first born male of 12 generations of a Hungarian family. These men are born with the ability to look into the past or future, have an exceptional intelligence or mental capability and generally have enough money to be comfortable.Th [...]


  • Jasmin Jusuf

    The book is quite compelling, and good read, but, quite unsuccessful tryout of G.G. Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude.Neither does it provide any historical background to Hungary, and who else does have an interesting history other than Hungary, nor it has any particular flow of thrill. Structure of the story, in its 12 chapters, follows 12 firstborns in one family lineage. I don't get why do those characters have to change their surnames, when they are firstborns probably a trial to confuse the r [...]


  • Zozo

    Nem is tudom. Vegyes érzéseim vannak. Vámos Miklós nagyon jól ír, mint mindig. Ez a könyv kicsit hosszú volt. Tulajdnonképpen sok rövid történetből állt, hiszen mindig az első szülött fiúk történetét írta le és csak nagyon kevés átfedés volt egy apa és a fia történetei között. Én kicsit keveselltem a modern részt, és sokalltam azt, amikor olyan magyarsággal beszéltek, hogy a felét nem értettem. Az is kicsit zavart, hogy valahol az 1700-as években elvett az [...]


  • Darshan Elena

    Vamos' novel examines time and fate, history and culture, offering a stunning historical portrait of Hungary over the last three hundred years. The Book of Fathers helped me to better understand the national narrative of loss, invasion, and revolution as well as the routine political violence against Jews over several centuries. I read this novel after returning from a week's stay in Budapest, Hungary, and I'd recommend it to anyone visit Hungary or wishing to explore that nation's past and pres [...]


  • Al Maki

    If you're interested in the history of Hungary I recommend this book. The book of fathers in the title is a journal passed down from one generation to the next in a family of Hungarian Jews. The novel spans the period from 1700 to today. Each chapter describes the central events in the life of of one of the successive heirs to the book. It's a harrowing story but full of life and some very black humor. I'll look for more books by the author.


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