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The Torrents Of Spring

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Paperback, 216 pages
Published April 27th 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published 1872)
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May 29, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-novels
3.5 stars
It’s a while since I read any Turgenev and this is regarded as one of Turgenev’s better novels, if not his best known. Like Proust’s madeleine, here a garnet cross triggers recollection in Sanin. Sanin is 52 and the cross takes him back thirty years, to his youth and first love.
Sanin was travelling and visited Frankfurt; passing a shop he is called in to assist a boy in distress. He successfully provides aid and is very taken with the boy’s elder sister Gemma. The family take him out a
Melanie Bow
Jun 11, 2013 Melanie Bow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2013
I have never read a book so swiftly and with such interest. I could almost laugh at how true this story felt to me; there could not be characters any more real or suited to my taste if I had written a novel myself. The plot is engaging and moves at a rapid pace, there is never a dull moment. The prose is simple and astoundingly authentic, but there is also a great deal of romanticism, which makes for a seamless combination. This is by far my favorite piece of writing and it is a true masterpiece ...more
Mar 30, 2009 Michelle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
This is not going to be much of a review. I enjoyed the novella, but I didn't love it.

While reading The Torrents of Spring, I kept comparing Turgenev's Sanin to Dostoevsky's Raskolnikov. I'm not sure if it's because I haven't read much Russian literature, so what I do read, I compare to the few other Russian novels I've read. It could also be because Turgenev referenced Dostoevsky in his letters to Flaubert, so I may have had him on the brain. I'm sure that didn't have anything to do with my lac
Dec 02, 2012 Shari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
After reading this wonderful piece of classic work, I came up with two wishes. First, I wished I could read the book in its original language. Second, I wish I had read Turgenev’s works before. The first one would only remain that – a wish. The English translation of the eBook I read is wonderful, but I after reading it and pondering the ending I wondered how it must all be in Russian. The narrative flows so simply and yet so intimately of its protagonist, Sanin, that I craved for what could hav ...more
Simona Stoica
Feb 09, 2015 Simona Stoica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cartea mi-a adus lacrimi in ochi. O iubesc si o urasc.
Carol Apple
Apr 18, 2015 Carol Apple rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In honor of the season I have read a book I have heard much of over the years, one I have wanted to read for a long time: Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev, published in 1872 when Turgenev was 53 or 54. His age is important because this novelette is largely autobiographical and the hero, when we first meet him, is 52. Although the subject is first love, this is an especially rewarding book for those who are middle-aged, especially those living with regrets and perhaps feeling discouraged and b ...more
Răzvan Molea
E ceva la Turgheniev care te face să privești viața în profunzime. În general, scriitorii rușii au calitatea asta. Turgheniev în special, te face să pui lucrurile în perspectivă, să-ți analizezi propria ta viață, să o iei la bani mărunți, cum s-ar zice. La urma urmei, orice carte bună ar trebui să facă asta, dar rușii, man, oh, man...

Este uimitor câtă viață și iubire a vărsat Turgheniev în paginile lui și mai ales câtă iubire față de viață. Nu trebuie decât să mă întorc la câteva citate (nu toat
Apr 05, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, turgenev, 2012
Третья книга Тургенева в моем списке осмысленного (вне школьных дверей) изучения русской литературы. "Дворянское гнездо" оставило непонятные ощущения, на "Асе" начала проникаться атмосферой действия, а во время чтения "Вешних вод" и вовсе получила удовольствие. Несмотря на то, что все эти три произведения в общем-то достаточно похожи. Зарождение чувств и нежная любовь, мгновенно охватывающая героев. Но чувства эти невероятно хрупкие и лишь один миг, не та фраза, не тот поступок, не те люди - и в ...more
Jan 07, 2009 Antof9 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2004-read
So .. . . this book wasn't exactly what I expected. Actually, it wasn't anything like I expected! For some reason, in my head I was expecting some Camus, I think. Perhaps Dostoevsky. Now I'm not sure :)

But the majority of it was nothing like the depress-fests I've read by those two! Anyway, here are my thoughts on this book, in no particular order. . .

Do you think Turgenev knew what a romance novelist he was? I *loved* this description: "Sanin returned to his room, threw himself on the divan wit
Jun 15, 2007 Gemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For me, this book has the best description of life, its trials and tribulations, I have ever read:

"He did not picture lifes ocean, as do the poets, all astir with stormy waves. No he saw it in his minds eye as smooth, without a ripple, motionless and translucent right down to the dark sea bed. He saw himself sitting in a small unsteady boat, staring at the dark silt of the sea bottom, where he could just discern shapeless monsters, like enormous fish. These were lifes hazards - the illnesses, th
Sep 01, 2012 Agnese rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have just read the book and cannot express how much the main character Sanin has filled me with disgust.He is not a man, ok, he is but he does not deserves to be called so because his way of thinking is made for young boys not for grown ups.
At first I was like - oh, how nice and sweet, and helpful Sanin is and he and Gemma would make a great couple. But...after reading the last chapter, I thought, thank God, it did not happen, Gemma should feel very lucky and full of happiness.
Why did I chan
Nick Traynor
Jul 10, 2015 Nick Traynor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclublove
I wasn't immediately captured by this book, but it did seize my interest once it took a dark turn. The simplicity of a basic story of love and betrayal belies the vast psychological archetypes which the novel develops. Sanin's abject humiliation at the hands of Maria Nikolaevna contains a raw brutality that reflects real life. It also reminded me of Lady Chatterley's Lover, and other works of D.H. Lawrence, for its examination of the unconscious motivations and captivations that people experienc ...more
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Opening lines:
. . . At two o’clock in the night he had gone back to his study. He had dismissed the servant after the candles were lighted, and throwing himself into a low chair by the hearth, he hid his face in both hands.

This is the first novella I've read by Ivan Turgenev and I really liked it.

3* Spring Torrents
TR Virgin Soil
TR King Lear of the Steppes
TR Fathers and Sons
TR On the Eve
Erlet Shaqe
Oct 25, 2015 Erlet Shaqe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book when I was 13 or 14 years old, since then I change my mind for Russian romantic literature
. Nice book to be read in the winter near the fire, and time to time to close the book, and drink a glass of rum or wine, and think...and remember, ..and start again reading it till the next early morning, and you are finished as it is a short book.
Steven Peterson
Jan 17, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this first in an undergraduate literature course (The version I read was titled "Torrents of Spring"). Dimitry Sanin, a young Russian nobleman, experiences love and decides to part with his estates to support a new life with Gemma. However, he falls prey to the advances and intrigues of another woman, and the tale darkens. A compelling story. . . .
Ahmad Sharabiani
Spring Torrents, Ivan Turgenev
عنوان: آبهای بهاری؛ نویسنده: ایوان تورگنیف؛ مترجم: عبدالحسین نوشین ؛ نشر اساطیر

عنوان: سیلابهای بهاری؛ نویسنده: ایوان تورگنیف؛ مترجم: محمود محرز؛ نشر نیراژه، 1370
Dec 05, 2015 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
The impression I get from this novel is that it is written by an incredibly gifted author whose talents, sadly, have left him. Yet there are flashes of brilliance here and there, and perhaps that's why Turgenev wrote the novel in the first place, perhaps he was overcome with a flash of inspiration that he eventually had to see to the bitter end, just like our 'hero'.

To read the novel in such a meta way would make this a brilliant novel, but after what I thought was a promising start, quickly bec
Jun 29, 2016 Thanatosmog rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ένα πολύ βιβλίο που μας θυμίζει πως νιώσαμε για εκείνο/η ξεχωριστό στην καρδιά μας μέσα από τον ηρώα της ιστορία τον Σανιν. Ivan Turgenev καταφέρνει να μας ξεναγήσει και να ζήσουμε σε εκείνη την περίοδο με τις νοοτροπίες που υπήρχαν συνοδοιπόροι μαζί με τον Σανιν να δούμε τι θα γίνει. Ένα καλοκαιρινό ευκολοδιάβαστο βιβλίο που σε όσους τους αρέσει μια πιο ρομαντική περίοδος συνιστώ ανεπιφύλαχτα
Oct 26, 2014 Bethan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poetic and lovely, if I thought that the two halves hung together disjointedly. I really liked Turgenev's relatively sparse language compared to the great discursion of contemporaries.

Likewise, the plot somewhat felt unusual in that it was not the usual type of love story where two people meet and end up marrying. Turgenev manages to convey such two different and yet both incomplete and futile love affair experiences that Sanin, the main character, has with the virginal and sweet Gemma and the
Sheikh Bake
Dec 25, 2014 Sheikh Bake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such power and majesty in a "minor" work. I read through it at one sitting, unable to turn my eyes away from the page.

My impression is that this is an example of why one might want to wait until ones 50s, or beyond, to take on the Russians. I am sure that in my early days I would have appreciated what Turgenev is doing here, but at my older age, I understand all too well the looking back that the protagonist Sanin engages in when he happens upon an object from days gone by and realizes how much
Anna Kļaviņa
Веселые годы,
Счастливые дни –
Как вешние воды
Промчались они!

--Из старинного романса_

'Years of gladness,
Days of joy,
Like the torrents of spring
They hurried away.'

--From an Old Ballad_

Here's a love triangle that doesn't suck!

To enhance the story: Tchaikovsky's The Seasons. April: Snowdrop
Patrick Robitaille
A typical late-19th century Russian novel, where young Sanin, during his travels through Italy and Germany, makes a stopover in Frankfurt and fell in love for the first time with young Italian exile Gemma. Ensues the usual display of rational irrationality (over the course of less than a week) which inhabits most heroes of Russian novels: to protect Gemma’s honor, he provokes a young military to a duel, since her betrothed boofhead is too weak to do so; this engagement is subsequently broken off ...more
A rather charming romantic-era novella. I read and loved Fathers and Sons in college, but this speaks to a much more different sensibility. This Turgenev cares less about the repercussions of modernity, and more about the life and passions of ordinary people. I can't say I was especially moved, but it was rather entertaining in a 19th Century sort of way. For fans of all things soap-operatic, Torrents of Spring will be a hit.
Bjorn Larsen
Apr 26, 2015 Bjorn Larsen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just Read: Spring Torrents (1871) - Ivan Turgenev

I haven’t read a Russian novel for years - perhaps this is an essential part of this year’s returning to my first love, my hoped for renewal of my Romantic’s heart: examining the ways and practices of living. I’d read Turgenev’s best known novel Fathers and Sons years ago, but to be honest I don’t remember much of the experience - I gave it an “A,” so I must have enjoyed it, but I can’t think of a single poignant scene or character that helps me r
Táňa Sedláková
jarné vody a Frankfurt v 50 rokoch 19. storočia plný Nemecka, francúzštiny, talianskej rodiny a na chvíľku zamilovaného Rusa. všetko toto v dlhých a bohatých vetách Turgeneva. chcela by som si to raz prečítať znova a rusky. a ešte o trochu viac by som chcela poznať lepšie Rusko a Rusov teraz v tomto storočí. len ako na to... Tatiana?
Jan 18, 2015 Lynda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was as interested by the introduction by David Magarshack as by the story itself, which I also enjoyed. I've always liked Russian novels. The circumstances accounting for the relative obscurity of Ivan Turgenev against the backdrop of the iconic Russian pantheon of the era is one of those stories that help me understand the world better. I agree with David Magarshack's assessment of the book as "one of the greatest and least sentimental love stories in European literature. Love makes the most ...more
Sep 20, 2014 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit, fiction
I really love Turgenev, but I found this novella slow and not terribly interesting. And I'm one who generally LOVES slow novels (e.g., Proust, Woolf). But this one didn't have much to hold my interest. You can essentially predict how the whole gambit is going to turn out by the tenth page. Poor Sanin.
Stevo Ilišković
Osećao se vrlo dobro. U jednoliko tihom i glatkom toku života kriju se velike lepote - i on im se predavao s uživanjem, ne tražeći ništa naročito od današnjeg dana, ali i ne misleći o sutrašnjem, ne sećajući se jučerašnjeg.
Čini mi se da sam ista ona koja i pre... a starost - evo je... tu je!
...predade se osećanju tek shvaćene ljubavi, koju ne treba ni opisivati: ko ju je osećao, taj zna njene muke i slasti; ko je nije osećao - njemu se ne može objasniti.
I ničemu ne smeta to iščekivanje, ta čežnj
Oh my God, Turgenev! Why are you so good?
Ab Ade
Jan 01, 2016 Ab Ade rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Turgenev is one of the finest literary artists there is. When he writes a book like Fathers and Sons you can see him at his best; Spring Torrents amazed me by how sloppy it was. The literary artistry of Turgenev shines through, certainly, but the plot is careless, mechanical, hinges on coincidence, assumes a superficial treatment of its characters, and seems overly hurried. This was not what I expected from Turgenev, and it's fair to say this is one of his poorer works. He is a great writer, wit ...more
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