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Reviews by Tamas Horvath

The 14-Carat Roadster

by Jeno Rejto

Rejtő is in my top 5 authors, I have all of his books. He is very popular in Hungary; you could not find a Hungarian who doesn't know him. He was contemporary of P.G. Wodehouse, and just like him, Rejtő has his unmistakable, specific, fantastic humor. Unlike Wodehouse, who's heros were mostly millionaires or other members of high society, Rejtő's heroes many times are from the periphery of the society.

The 14 Carat Roadster is not an exception. The hero is a son of a Russian emigrant in France who just have been sacked from his job but has won few thousand Francs on a card game called macao. He throws the money everywhere, but he find himself accidently in the middle of an international conspiracy. He falls in love, fights a lot and he have to join the Foreign Legion as well... where his newly employed secretary replaces him sometimes, for he is to busy to stay in the barracks.

The 14 Carat Roadster is one of Rejtő's best novels, with his specific humor, awesome storytelling and in a very good translation. I highly recommend it to anyone who would like an easy entertainment, crazy adventures, and fantasic humor. This is a masterpiece. Really :-)

Reviewed on 2009.11.20

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