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Liviu Rebreanu mărturisea la un moment dat că în lunga perioadă de şapte ani, cât a durat scrierea romanului „Ion“, un rol important l-a avut, pe lânga amplul material documentar, o scenă văzută pe colinele dimprejurul satului şi care l-a impresionat în mod deosebit. Aflat la vânătoare, scriitorul a observat ... un ţăran îmbrăcat în haine de sărbătoare, care s-a aplecat de...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 1st 1965 by Dufour Editions (first published November 20th 1920)
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M-am luptat cu ea de la inceput, nefiind atrasa de taranii care beau, baietii care strang pe fete de sani, dar acest roman ne invata o lectie importanta: in viata nu conteaza numai averea, ci si fericirea spirituala si iubirea daruita si impartasita.

Stilul brutal, rece in care povesteste naratorul e unul dintre elementele de originalitate aduse de Rebreanu. M-a impresionat felul in care ne-a oferit posibilitatea de a anticipa destinul tragic al personajelor prin Iisus rastignit pe cruce, mancat...more
Uninteresting, bland and ultimately pointless. I honestly have no idea why this is mandatory lecture in my country.
In a few words, I can describe this novel as a soap opera with peasants. Not at all what you would call an amazing book. It revolves mostly around Ion and his desperate wish for more land, because in the society of that time, having land meant that you had some sort of higher standing in society, and for a poor boy with nothing, that was the most important thing in the world.

The second conflict of this book was between his wish for riches and his need for true love, because Ion is torn between...more
The novel Ion introduces us in the life of the paesants and intellectuals of Transylvania before the war. The action takes place in Pripas village and in the little town Amaradia. Ion al Glanetasului, industrious son of poor parents, has a passion for land. He fixes his eyes on Ana, rich man's, Vasile Baciu, daughter ...

This is a story about the "hunger for land" and "hunger for love".
Cartea asta a aparut acum aproape 100 de ani si prima data cand am auzit de ea... o fi fost de la bunica? Toti spuneau ca e atat de dura - asta imediat dupa faptul ca ai nevoie de ea la BAC. In ceea ce ma priveste nu reprezinta mare lucru din acest punct de vedere. Schema cu hai-sa-facem-bebe-ca-sa-ne-casatorim a fost folosita in exces de telenovele - desi in general fata era cea care profita - si la momentul asta majoritatea populatiei este probabil desensibilizata in fata acestui "motiv".

Jul 07, 2008 Gabriela rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: those who appreciate realism in detailed portraits of mankind
Recommended to Gabriela by: high school teacher :)
Shelves: classics-ro
Ion is the first objective novel in the Romanian literature. The author exceptionally ilustrates the conflict generated by the fight for land, in a world in which the status of people was established by the land posessions they had. The vulgarity of which some people might notice is actually the cruel reality of those times!
mirela Darau
This was on of my worst nightmares during highschool and it remained one of my most hated books (not necessary because of how it is written, but mostly because of what the story is about). I think the events and people in the story are quite vulgar.
Aura Albu
Cine a crescut la țară, măcar în vacanțe la bunici, cred că înțelege mai bine cartea.
Apr 10, 2012 Val added it
Excelenta carte, unul dintre cele mai bune romane romanesti.L-am recitit cu si mai multa placere multi ani dupa terminarea liceului.
O descriere extrem de realista si in acelasi timp foarte plastica a satului romanesc din Transilvania de la inceput de secol 20. Un bun prilej de asemenea de a observa structura peisajului rural din acea epoca, cu anumite "clisee" ce persista si astazi (preotul corupt si meschin, tanarul nationalist inflacarat, etc), cu structura ei etnica ce s-a pierdut de atunci...more
Un roman excepțional. Mă bucur că mi-am învins repulsia față de bibliografia școlară în vremea aia și i-am dat o șansă lui Rebreanu. E o capodoperă pe care ar trebui s-o citească cel puțin fiecare român, indiferent de vârstă.
L-a început nu m-a atras deloc. Văzusem filmul şi nu aveam aşteptări foarte mari. Cititul a mers încet, până la un moment dat. După ce am trecut de primele 5 capitole ale Glasului Pământului, a început să-mi placă şi am terminat-o foarte repede.
În Ion este vorba, pe de o parte, despre viaţa ţăranilor din Pripas, iar pe de altă parte, despre viaţa Herdelenilor şi raporturile dintre clasele sociale.
Ţăranii parcă duc o viaţă a lor, lipsită de grijile naţionalităţii zdrobite de unguri sau de cea a î...more
Yigru Zeltil
If you study the context long enough, you may get it why Slavici was highly innovative (and influential) after a period of „lowbrow” and short-breath prose (though not without some charming pieces; if you ask me, I'd pick Alecsandri's Călătorie în Africa...) and why Rebreanu hit the jackpot at a time when the Romanian novel was still close to non-existent. Nevertheless, it is easy to see why it is one of the favorite hate targets of pupils who hate having to read canonical books and making stupi...more
I really loved this book because it represents the exact live of romanians living in province. Males the supreme owners , they drink a lot and are overprotective for their lands and woman are treated (almost) like slaves , they are good only for giving birth and for non-stop work.

This book can teach you so many things! About true love , about a husband who does not see the love of his wife and he dreams about another woman,about hard working people , about obsessive love for land , hate and ig...more
Nov 08, 2011 Luna. rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Luna. by: profa de română
Shelves: 2011
M-am luptat o perioadă destul de îndelungată cu cartea asta şi până la urmă eu am câştigat, atunci când Ion a murit şi eu am ajuns la pagina 445. :]
Desigur, a fost o carte scrisă de-un român care doar descria viaţa la ţară şi accentua nesimţirea unuia şi greutatea uneia de-a trăi odată ce-a păcătuit. Fie, o carte aşa numa, legată de poporu' român prin harţa care-l caracterizează pe Ion şi sclavia în care se scaldă Ana.
Andrei Turcu
The reason I am giving only 4 out of 5 is because you need to know the romanian peasants to understand this book. Together with Preda's "Morometii", "Ion" is the most renown novel of L. Rebreanu, not necessarily the best. I saw some user saying that this is some sort of bad taste soap opera with peasants, which I tend to strongly disagree. It's the strongest portray ever being done to a peasant, judging by the geographical area. It describes real life as it was 70 years ago... and believe me......more
Rareş d'Urberville Crawley
Mi-a plăcut familia Herdelea, îndeosebi drumul parcurs de Titu. Ion, însă, mi-a provocat scârbă și și-a meritat soarta. Săraca Ana, sărac copilul, săraca Florica și săraci părinții mortului pentru pământ.
Liviu Groza
May 26, 2011 Liviu Groza is currently reading it
Read it again, it's way different than first time :)
Sincera, i-as acorda 0 stelute Daca ar fi posibil.
Eliza Niţă
Despite the fact that there´s indeed a low rate on this great novel no one can deny that this isn´t the greatest masterpiece ever written by a Romanian, because it is. I would not write what is about, or the content of it´s story. The only thing I can say is this. The reason why there´s a low rate on this great novel is because is part of a mandatory lesson in Romanian school. So therefore lot´s of romanian teenagers will cast their filthy anger on this great book and on our, posibily the greate...more
Ion by Liviu Rebreanuis a book that I struggled with.Mainly because it features the lives of Romanian peasants,a topic that I really dislike.
The story takes place in the village Pripas,a village located somewhere in today's Cluj county.Ion is the protagonist and he is taught that the more land one owns,the happier he is.And so he meets Ana,the daughter of...more
one of the fundamental books of Romanian literature in that it presents the life of the 99% (so to speak in current jargon) which happened to be the peasants in traditional Romania (before the communist destruction of the village life)

studied it in school too and even had a literary process about whose fault is Ana's death and I remember that even today as after we concluded that pretty much everyone (Ion, her father, Florica, herslef etc..) ais at fault one of the smarties in my class answered...more
Erik Legion
This book shows where obsessions can lead , in this case : Death .
Cristina Chițu
Cei care o numesc "plictisitoare" sunt plictisiți ce caută dragoste și aventură. Dar minciuni găsesc destule în afara cărților. Am vrut realitate. Ion este o realitate.
The firsth modern romanian novel, I think is one of my favorite romanian novel. I love how the aothor expose the real traditional life of the romanian people. I think this is the base of the book and that's why is greath.
Oh God. Whilst I do agree that an astute understanding of Romanian peasantry might be important for seeing how we evolved as people, I don't generally impart that feeling. He loved land. Physically.
es una novela rumana,guapissima si sabes interpretar todos los detalles que la novela tiene preparados para el lector.pero como solo esta en rumano...aida si quieres te la presto...
Sabina Manolache
Roman psihologic tipic sadismului folcloric romanesc.Nu recomand celor sensibili. O expunere in amanunt a unei vieti tragice a taranului roman.
Adelaida Georgiana
All my familly said that I was crazy to read this book cuz i was in the 6th grade when i read it.It was ok to me but it is not my kind of book
The best romanian novel in my oppinion. Cruel, realistic and true to the village.
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Liviu Rebreanu was a Romanian novelist, playwright, short story writer, and journalist.

Born in Târlişua (currently Bistriţa-Năsăud County), Transylvania, then part of Austria-Hungary, he was the second of thirteen children born to Vasile Rebreanu, a schoolteacher, and Ludovica Diuganu, descendants of peasants. His father had been a classmate of George Coşbuc's and was an amateur folklorist. Liviu...more
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“Daca asta n-a fost iubire, atunci ce-i iubirea?” 15 likes
“Patima din glasul lui Ion îl infiora pe Titu. Îndîrjirea, egoismul și cruzimea cu care omul acesta a urmărit o țintă, fără să se uite în dreapta și în stânga, îl infricoșau, dar îl și mișcau. Se gândi la șovăielile lui din vremea aceasta, la zig-zagurile neputincioase, la alergările lui după țeluri de-abia întrezărite și se simți mic în fața țăranului care a mers drept înainte, trecând nepăsător peste toate piedicile, luptând neobosit, împins de o patimă mare. El se frământă cu dorințe nelămurite, făurește planuri peste puterile lui, trăiește cu visuri fermecate, și alături de dânsul viața înaintează vijelios. Un simțământ de slăbiciune îi strânse inima.” 6 likes
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