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Fathers and Sons (1862)

by Ivan Turgenev

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Written in 1862, this is a lovely book about relationships - all kinds. Like the author, the characters are Russians and the story takes place about the same time when nihilists sought to change the old ways. One of my friends says, "It's a love story", and it is all that and so much more. ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
Simpler and easier to follow than many Russian novels. The names and patronimics were dinstinct which made keeping track of characters much less taxing. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Simpler and easier to follow than many Russian novels. The names and patronimics were dinstinct which made keeping track of characters much less taxing. ( )
  Jen.ODriscoll.Lemon | Jan 23, 2016 |
Fathers and Sons Ivan Turgenev
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Based in Russia during the period of the emancipation of the serfs this is a story about relationships.

As the title suggests the main relationships explored are those between the old generation fathers and the young intellectual sons we see these relationships through the nihilist Barazov and his star struck follower Arkady.

While Barazov claims to care for nothing but science Arkady loves nature and family, the two grow apart when they fall in love with the same woman and also when Barazov makes no allowances for family ties and the feelings of the older generation.

While this is supposed to be a political story for me it was more of a romance and I think the political message is slightly lost as both sons return to their familys and follow in the footsteps of their fathers although with slightly different methods.

I did not like Barazov as a character to me he seemed confrontational just for confrontations sake he also appeared to care nothing about the feelings of others, whereas I like Arkady as a young man torn between defending his family, falling in love and impressing his friend.

I must confess to having a real problem with the names I can remember the characters by their actions however I had to look up the names to write this review.

A nice not too taxing read for my first foray into Russian literature. ( )
  BookWormM | Jan 15, 2016 |
ספר נפלא. מלא אהבה והבנה לבני אדם. קלסי לחלוטין. ס​טירי במידה, רעיוני במידה. ובתור בונוס גיבור ניהילי​ ( )
  amoskovacs | Dec 24, 2015 |
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Bein, KazimierzTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Well, Piotr, not in sight yet?" was the question asked on May the 20th, 1859, by a gentleman of a little over forty, in a dusty coat and checked trousers, who came out without his hat on to the low steps of the posting station at S—.
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When Arkady Petrovich comes home from college, his father finds his eager, naive son changed almost beyond recognition, for the impressionable Arkady has fallen under the powerful influence of the friend accompanying him. A self-proclaimed nihilist, the ardent young Bazarov shocks Arkady's father by criticizing the landowning way of life and by his outspoken determination to sweep away the traditional values of contemporary Russian society. Turgenev's depiction of the conflict between generations and their ideals stunned readers when "Fathers and Sons" was first published in 1862. But many could sympathize with Arkady's fascination with the nihilistic hero whose story vividly captures the hopes and regrets of a changing Russia.

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Considered one of the world's greatest novels, this controversial classic offers modern readers a vivid, timeless depiction of the clash between the older Russian aristocracy and the youthful radicalism that foreshadowed the revolution. Includes a new introduction. Reissue.… (more)

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