Embers Book Summary and Study Guide

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On a late summer afternoon in 1940, Henrik and Konrad, two old friends in their 70s who have not seen each other in 41 years, meet at Henrik's estate in rural Hungary. They had met at a military academy at age 10 and became the closest of friends. On a fateful day in July 1899, Konrad nearly shot Henrik, and the next day fled the country. Henrik realized that his friend had been having an affair with Henrik's wife Krisztina, and the aggrieved husband promptly moved out of his mansion to his hunting lodge and stayed there, never speaking to his wife again until her death 8 years later. For 41 years, Henrik plotted his revenge, and tonight he meets for a long conversation with Konrad -- a monologue, really -- in which he turns over those distant events and what got left unsaid. This 1942 Hungarian classic about honor codes, manliness, friendship, and existential truth, translated into German in 1999, finally became available in English in 2001.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Two male friends meet in their old age to discuss and reveal the truth behind an event that took place many years before. This event involves a hunting trip and the wife of one friend. Through their conversation we learn much about friendship, love, lust, class differences, revenge and hate.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book)    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Unmarried Love Triangle?    -   Yes Married, fooling around?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   60's-90's    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Forest?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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