Saturday, November 13, 2010

Out of the Transylvania Night by Aura Imbarus

When I first read this title, I immediately thought, oh a vampire book.  I was never so off-track in my life!!  Out of the Transylvania Night is a memoir and it is a story of which you will never forget.

Living under communist regeme, life is nothing as we know it. To have any individualty was frowned upon.  Aura loved her bits of buttons and zippers to get away from the gray that was everywhere.  There were securities everywhere, eyes watching your every move, some you thought has beloved friends or neighbors, informants.  You could trust no one with anything.  And then sometimes people just...disappeared. 

When politics prevail and life still does not change, Aura and her new husband go to America, looking for the American Dream.  Surely it would be easier and they could relax their shoulders a bit.  But even here, there are pitfalls and Aura has to look within herself to answer some hard questions.  How much is enough?

Beautifully written, with vivid painted backgrounds, Aura speaks to you like she was sitting in the room over a coffee.  Politics, romance, history and the human spirit all weave together to create a remarkable story, Aura's life.  If you enjoy reading memoirs, you will want to pick this one up.  It's an amazing read!!

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