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The Strange Story of Rab Ráby   By: (1825-1904)

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The Strange Story of Rab Ráby by Mór Jókai is a captivating and imaginative novel that takes readers on a thrilling journey through history and the supernatural. The story revolves around Rab Ráby, a mysterious and enigmatic protagonist who possesses an inexplicable power to control others' minds.

Set in medieval Hungary, the narrative unfolds against a backdrop of political turmoil and religious conflicts. Jókai skillfully captures the atmosphere of this era, seamlessly blending historical facts with fantastical elements. The author's vivid descriptions of the settings transport readers to a distant time, immersing them in a world that feels both familiar and otherworldly.

One of the most remarkable aspects of this book is the characterization. Rab Ráby is a strikingly complex figure, depicted as both a hero and a villain. His ability to manipulate minds allows him to navigate treacherous political landscapes, where his actions determine the fate of individuals and kingdoms alike. Jókai expertly crafts a protagonist whose motives are shrouded in ambiguity, leaving readers questioning his true nature until the very end.

The supporting characters are equally well-developed, each playing a significant role in the intricate web of the story. From the cunning and manipulative Queen Isabella to the steadfast and honorable knight, Sir László, Jókai paints a diverse and captivating cast. Their interactions and relationships provide depth and complexity to the narrative, highlighting the often-contradictory nature of human existence.

Jókai's prose is beautiful and richly descriptive, without being overly indulgent. The translation of this Hungarian masterpiece into English is smooth, capturing the essence and emotion of the original work. Although the pacing can be slow at times, the author's attention to detail and evocative language compensates for any brief lulls in the narrative.

Furthermore, The Strange Story of Rab Ráby explores profound themes such as power, identity, and the moral implications of manipulating others' thoughts. Jókai raises thought-provoking questions on the nature of good and evil, the limits of one's personal freedom, and the consequences of wielding supernatural abilities. These philosophical undertones add depth to an already intriguing plot, making this book more than just a historical adventure.

Overall, The Strange Story of Rab Ráby is a delightful and captivating read that seamlessly weaves together history, adventure, and the supernatural. Mór Jókai's masterful storytelling and vivid descriptions combined with a cast of compelling characters make this novel an absolute must-read for fans of both historical fiction and fantasy. Whether you're an avid reader or new to Jókai's works, this novel promises an enthralling and unforgettable journey.

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THE STRANGE STORY OF RAB RÁBY

DR. MAURUS JÓKAI'S MORE FAMOUS WORKS

(Authorised Translations).

LIBRARY EDITION.

6/ each.

Black Diamonds. The Green Book; or, Freedom Under the Snow. Pretty Michal. The Lion of Janina; or, The Last Days of the Janissaries. An Hungarian Nabob. Dr. Dumany's Wife. The Nameless Castle. The Poor Plutocrats. Debts of Honour. Halil the Pedlar. The Day of Wrath. Eyes Like the Sea. 'Midst the Wild Carpathians. The Slaves of the Padishah. Tales from Jókai.

NEW POPULAR EDITION.

2/6 Net each.

The Yellow Rose. Black Diamonds. The Green Book; or, Freedom Under the Snow. Pretty Michal. The Day of Wrath.

LONDON: JARROLD & SONS.

[Illustration: portrait of Mór Jókai]

THE STRANGE STORY OF RAB RÁBY

BY MAURUS JÓKAI

[Illustration: SANS PEUR ET SANS REPROCHE.]

THIRD EDITION

LONDON JARROLD & SONS, 10 & 11, WARWICK LANE, E.C.

[All Rights Reserved.]

PREFACE

TO JÓKAI'S "RAB RÁBY," IN ENGLISH,

By Dr. Emil Reich.

In "Rab Ráby," the famous Hungarian novelist gives us, in a manner quite his own, a picture of the "old régime" in Hungary in the times of Emperor Joseph II., 1780 1790. The novel, as to its plot and principal persons, is based on facts, and the then manners and institutions of Hungary are faithfully reflected in the various scenes from private, judicial, and political life as it developed under the erroneous policy of Joseph II... Continue reading book >>




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