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Group Reads Archive - 2013 > A Lear of the Steppes - Ivan Turgenev

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Silver From the Colletion First Love and Other Stories by Ivan Turgenev

Reading Schedule:

Week 1: First Love - December 1-7
Week 2: The Diary of a Superfluous Man - December 8-14
Week 3: Mumu - December 15-21
Week 4: A Lear of the Steppes - December 22-28
Week 5: The Song of Triumphant Love - December 29-January 5
Week 6: Asya - January 6-11

This thread is for the discussion of the story A Lear of the Steppes

Please do not discuss the other stories here they will be given their own threads.

Be aware that spoilers may be posted here.


message 2: by Silver (new)

Silver The holidays and a few other things had put me behind my reading but I am working on trying to catch up.

At first I found it hard to get into this story. I think it lacked some of the emotional depth experienced in the previous stories we have read so far but as I progressed it did start to pick up more.

I do think it is an interesting retelling of the story of King Lear and it highlights the very relatable question of which I think does span throughout time, the issue of how our elders are treated and their place within society, as well as the obligation and duties children have to aging parents.

It is also is a psychological look upon the revealing of a person's true nature in seeing how when Harlov's daughters and son-in-law are no longer dependent upon him as well have no cause to fear him their true colors are shown and it is seen what kind of people they are at the base of their nature.


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