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Sketches from a Hunter's Album by Ivan Turgenev
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Nov 27, 11

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Read from November 14 to 27, 2011

To read the criticism and blurbs about the political import of Turgenev's masterpiece is to miss the point entirely. This isn't a book about socio-economic inequality or even a book about tyranny and oppression. He makes no judgements other than to say that some habits of society can be a little constricting and sometimes pointless. The real joy of this book is in the reading. Trees, shrubs, birds, serfs, generals, and gentry are all treated with equal love, precision, and delicacy. One gets the impression that Turganev loved Russia, warts and all, and wanted anyone who cared to listen to feel the same. The lyricism of this book is tremendous, but the stories can hardly be described as compelling.

If you stood in line for a midnight showing of a Twilight movie, give this one a miss.
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