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Beware of Pity Audiobook

Beware of Pity

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Publisher's Summary

In the twilight of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, a young cavalry officer is invited to a dance at the home of a rich landowner.

There - with a small act of attempted charity - he commits a simple faux pas. But from this seemingly insignificant blunder comes a tale of catastrophe arising from kindness and of honour poisoned by self-regard.

Beware of Pity has all the intensity and the formidable sense of torment and of character of the very best of Zweig's work. Definitive translation by the award-winning Anthea Bell.

©1976 Atrium Press, 2011 Anthea Bell (P)2017 Ukemi Productions Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Zweig’s fictional masterpiece." (Guardian)

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  • Thomas
    07/08/17
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    "Masterpiece that is also extremely enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Beware of Pity in three words, what would they be?

    Extremely enjoyable masterpiece


    Have you listened to any of Nicholas Boulton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I listened and his performance is excellent


    Who was the most memorable character of Beware of Pity and why?

    The doctor, because he gives off an amazing amount of philosophy, advice, background history, opinion and is a very colorful character in everyday life as well.


    Any additional comments?

    The reading of this book could not have done a better job, it was excellent. There are so many layers to this story and different references to pity. Besides pity to the girl Edit these is also pity elicited to the lieutenant. In addition, the father of Edit is in need of pity. There are substories within the story which are of high interest as well. The entire story is packed with meaning and submeaning. In addition the mood is set so well that the reader can feel the mood of that period in Vienna and the mindset of a soldier and the atmosphere of the times. Zweig is a master at conveying mood and bringing the reader into his world. The writing is very erudite and there is philosophy at every corner. On top of all that, the story comes off anything but dry and instead is immensely entertaining. This is a classic for all time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Vikram
    25/01/18
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    "Recommended by Jeffrey Archer"

    In Oxford Union Discussion someone asked Jeffrey Archer which author he really admired and he mentioned this one.

    If it's good enough for Mr.Archer it is fantastic for me.

    I must comment on the Narrator. He added the passion and drama to the story, so much, that I almost came close to tears at times.

    truly remarkable piece of writing. I am glad I found it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • E. R. Øyre
    Tolfa, Italy
    10/02/18
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    "You beautiful, nervous wreck!"

    Zweig's story is a beautiful one, yet one i cannot relate to.


    Why then do I stil like this book?
    It tells the story of a young officer in an austrian cavallery regiment located in Hungary, and his ever more complicated relations with the family " Von Kékesfalva", and subsequently his many and sometimes almost childish and desperate ways of trying to escape these same complications. I hate to spoil a good plot, so I will leave it at that.
    I guess much of what denies this book greatness in my eyes, it really a sign of greatness in itself, as it is the frustration and anger I feel towards the story's main character that left me with compicated feelings about the work.
    But even when I was frustrated with the plot of the story, other parts of the book would always hold me, and keep me from stopping to listen.
    It was, among other things, the allure of the fascinating and mysterious culture and daily life of the Austro-Hungarian empire. I had first listened to The World of Yesterday by Zweig, and wanted to hear all I could about this part of european history that I knew so little of. Zweig truly brought me enjoyment through this work, and it is one that I am sure to revisit.

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