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Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev
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Jul 17, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 19th-century, audio, from-the-russian, rereading-project
Read from July 17 to August 01, 2010

First listening, July-August 2010. Second listening, November 2016.

Surly young men home from college see right through the pretense and failed liberalism of their parents' generation. They've got radical new ideas of their own, man! Obviously about the 1960s, this book was however written in the 1860s and therefore presents an interesting case for the longevity of certain aspects of the human social experience.

Turgenev is more down-to-earth then your other leading Russian 19th Century novelists. Compared to Dickens he's a miniaturist, with similar interests but a smaller cast of characters and none of the broad comedy. You could make a case -- I don't know if it would be a good case, but that's another question -- that there are some parallels between this Fathers and Sons and a Jane Austen novel like Sense and Sensibility, minus the lightness of touch and much more focused on the doings of the menfolk.
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Vida I really like this book!


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