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For the Right by Karl Emil Franzos is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that explores themes of love, duty, and personal sacrifice. Set in late 19th-century Europe, the story follows the life of a young aristocrat, Count Richard von Zernitz, who finds himself torn between his love for a Jewish woman and his loyalty to his social class.

The author's writing style is captivating, with vivid descriptions that transport the reader to the ornate mansions and bustling streets of Vienna and Warsaw. Franzos beautifully captures the complex dynamics of society during this time, highlighting the stark contrast between the opulent lives of the nobility and the struggles faced by those from different backgrounds.

One of the most compelling aspects of the novel is the exploration of the protagonist's inner struggle. Richard's internal conflict is palpable as he grapples with his desire to marry the woman he loves despite societal pressure and his own sense of duty. Through his introspection, Franzos challenges the reader to question the boundaries imposed by class and religion, urging us to consider what truly defines a person's worth.

The characters in For the Right are richly developed and realistic. From Richard's fiercely independent love interest, Judith, to his loyal and conflicted best friend, Maximilian, each individual is portrayed with depth and complexity. I found myself invested in their choices and genuinely rooting for their happiness.

Furthermore, the novel delves into the social and political climate of the era, touching upon the rise of anti-Semitism and the struggles faced by minority groups. Franzos handles these sensitive topics with great sensitivity and insight, shedding light on the prejudice and discrimination that were pervasive at the time.

However, there were moments where the pacing felt slow, particularly during the extensive descriptions of the characters' inner thoughts and emotions. While these passages added depth to the narrative, they occasionally disrupted the flow of the story.

Overall, For the Right is a compelling and thought-provoking read that delves into the complexities of love, societal expectations, and personal identity. Franzos masterfully weaves together historical context and intimate character development to provide an engaging and impactful experience for the reader. I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy historical fiction and are interested in exploring themes of identity and social justice.

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With a Preface






Not having even been asked to do so, I write this preface from admiration of the book. The translation I have not yet seen, but knowing previous work by the same hand, have confidence in it.

How much the story is founded on fact I cannot tell; a substratum of fact there must be. To know that such a man once lived as is represented in it, might well wake a new feeling of both strength and obligation: here is one who, with absolutely no help from what is commonly meant by education , lived heroically. But be the tale as much a product of the imagination as the wildest romance, it remains a significant fact that the generation has produced a man capable of such an ideal... Continue reading book >>

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