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Memoir of life in a Transylvanian village
before WW II
In this story of courage, struggle and the eternal optimism of youth, Christine Morgan describes the years when she and her husband, a young Hungarian Unitarian minister, worked to improve the standing of the Hungarian Unitarian minority in Romania. Together they contended with political oppression, social upheaval, poverty, and religious opposition in 1930s Transylvania. More than an account of Unitarian history between the wars and Transylvanian agrarian village life, ALABASTER VILLAGE is a personal story of a young womans extraordinary struggle to hold together a marriage and start a family in the face of tremendous hardship and strain. ALABASTER VILLAGE is an autobiographical work based on the life and letters of the late Christine Morgan. In addition to her work in Transylvania, Morgan had a long career in social activism and civil rights in the United States. She served as Dean of Women at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and organized the Human Relations Commission in Appleton, Wisconsin. For many years, Christines letters about her life could not be published, for fear of reprisals from the Romanian government. Now, more than a half century later, her moving story is at last told to inform a new generation of Unitarians who are seeking religious and civil freedom. Even when my eyes were overflowing with tears, I could not stop reading for a moment. This is a bittersweet remembrance of disease, poverty, the early end of Christines first pregnancy, separation from her husband, conflicting ideals, triumphs in the village in simple and universal ways, reconciliation work between ethnic groups, and, most of all, of the love of a mother for her child. It is a must read. Dr. Judith Gell, co-director, Center for Free Religion, Chico, California, and General Secretary, Partner Church Council, UUA.
Published spring 1992.
When the fox helps the woodcutter outwit the bear, for a price, the woodcutter outsmarts the fox. Lively and amusing, the colorful illustrations suit the story, but the ending is choppy, and the writing is ordinary. -- Copyright © 1993 The Horn Book, Inc. All rights reserved.
A reader from Budapest, Hungary , May
On Albert Wass
Some people thought that Albert Wass was a fasist. I read this book and lot of his poems, he was a realy Hungarian, he wasn't fasist. So I read this book and I liked it, its rather a pupl fiction, but a very good, it was interesting to read a pupl fiction with transylvanian dialect / I read the hungarian version/. Albert Wass was a great writer, but durring the communist ovearhead it was prohibited to read his works. I won't write litanis about him, I' want, you read it!