Dentist Joseph Strauss leaves Prussia in the spring of and follows Captain of Dragoons Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrinus Ludwig von. Filip Florian. general Author: Filip Florian. Genre: Novel Romanian title: Zilele regelui; Translated by Alistair Ian Blyth. – Return to top of the. Filip Florian was born in Bucharest, on May 16, From through His third novel, Zilele regelui / Days of the King (Ia┼či: Polirom. ), was awarded.

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Days of the King is best suited for readers who have a physical copy, and patience. Beletristica cu iz istoric. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. An amazing old story about a king, a cat and a dentist. But I appreciated his innovations in this novel, like the cat whic I appreciate it very much for the perspective of my city Bucharest and the country at the beginning of modern Romania s to s.

Vasile Ernu Translated by: At the age of thirty-two and a halfhe felt old, but that thought quickly shattered, allowing him to imagine and to hope that the measureless time to come would laugh in the face of his past. Although they had never ascended to the first floor of his redbrick house, Joseph decided one morning, while draining a cup of tea, that it was, at last, time for his two loves to meet. The language is beautiful, like a magic voice.

Zilele regelui promitea multe ca subiect: The book is superb on the first two but doesn’t quite succeed on the third count though not reading the Romanian original, but only the English translation, I am not sure if it’s the translation, the author’s original choices or simply that his convoluted Romanian prose does not translate well in the 21st century English and the result comes as saying simple things in ten phrases rather than one which jars badly on occasion.

Therefore, after reading and re-reading the same passages for clarity, I started skimming. When she had gone some twenty paces, the doctor abandoned looking at the items of harness laid out on shelves and hanging from hooks, and strolled on.


When the skimming didn’t seem to hinder my understanding any, I decided to stop reading.

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View all 7 comments. He sees a family painting a house, and the book goes on to describe them in great detail — down to the moles on the girl’s back exposed when her shirt lifts when she raises her arm to paint — and then they’re gone Someone recommended this book to me, and I wanted to love it, but it just didn’t happen for me.

Sometimes, suspended in the fluid of time, while the tweezers, chisels, needles, spatulas, pipettes and forceps coyly kept watch, their mouths would seem inseparable, and their tongues writhed together, coiling and ravenous. The Days of the King – UK. He’s not part of the court or anything, but remains in frequent contact with the prince, and their lives continue to overlap as they adjust to their new homeland, their roles in it, and, for example, founding families. They themselves could barely quieten their panting and their clothes were damp, under the armpits, at the chest, and who knows where else.

Spun asta pentru ca “Zilele regelui” e a doua carte de el pe care am incercat s-o citesc, insa, spre deosebire de “Toate bufnitele” una dintre cele trei carti pe care le-am abandonat in cariera-mi de cititor incercatcartea prezenta e o mica bijuterie romanesca, asa cum remarca si Radu Cosasu pe coperta patru. Unfortunately the “aggressively dense” writing as described in the Literary Omnivore review combined with reading an egalley made for a difficult and unpleasant reading experience. Far from the royal palace, Herr Strauss, highly affected by the death of the little Princess Maria at not even the age of fouris amazed to discover that Petre, the son of the blind prostitute, bears a striking resemblance to the man on the throne.

As noted above i have no idea of the precise reason but I incline to believe that it is simply a case of language incompatibility and if the author were to write directly in English he would tell the story quite differently than in this translation that tries to be lavish in language and succeeds only to be laborious and quite dense in a negative sense on many occasions.


I would have enjoyed more focus on the story rather on the language wrapping. Florian’s style — roundabout, often playful, sometimes downright languorous — switching from the domestic or intimate including Carol’s teeth, as well as the occasional sexual adventure to the grand stage of the court where not everything goes off in the most statesmanlike manner, as in one very amusing episode of Carol’s audience with the Ottomans makes for a rather enjoyable read.

What I found unexpectedly enjoyable were the passages “written” by Joseph’s cat.

The Days of the King

And there are many fine, playful touches, beginning with a ‘Belated Prologue’, inserted after the first chapter. In Bucharest, Joseph will meet and fall in love with an attractive nanny, while the prince distances himself from the dentist, seeking to erase all stains from his past, particularly his involvement with a beautiful blind prostitute.

An understanding of Prussian and Romanian history will help too. Clar in categoria enjoyable! Trivia About The Days of the King. Florian follows the unpredictable sequences of everyday life under communism like a field researcher and discovers not only unscrupulousness but also, unexpectedly, much tenderness behind the madness. Joseph, who very well understood that he was not in mid-air, but for all that believed he was in flight, withdrew his hand from hers and sought something in the pocket of his waistcoat.

Most of the time the stories are good but the writing is always so fairy tale like. I couldn’t even get past the first couple chapters of this book. Oct 05, Leah Lucci added it Shelves: And they did not hurry.