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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (21,056 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ivan Turgenev Narrator: Sean Runnette Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Arkady Petrovich comes home from college, his father finds his eager, naïve son changed almost beyond recognition, for the impressionable Arkady has fallen under the powerful influence of the friend he has brought with him. A self-proclaimed nihilist, the ardent young Bazarov shocks Arkady’s father by criticizing the landowning way of life and by his outspoken determination to sweep away traditional values of contemporary Russian society.

Turgenev’s depiction of the conflict between generations and their ideals stunned readers when Fathers and Sons was first published in 1862. But many could also sympathize with Arkady’s fascination with its nihilist hero, whose story vividly captures the hopes and regrets of a changing Russia. Fathers and Sons is a brilliant work that captures the tension that existed among generations and class in the prerevolutionary era in Russia. This version of Fathers and Sons is the translation by Constance Garnett.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Michael | 2/20/2014

    " I read this for my very first literature class in College. I was 19, so it is quite a few years since I have picked up this book. So what do I remember. Not much. It is essentially another Russia in transition novel that touches on the decline of the aristocracy, its dependency on serfdom and the rise of the bourgiosie. Tolstoy's Anna Karennina & War and Peace do the same thing with more complexity; Jane Austen's Emma and Persuasion do the same thing with English culture, which kind of indicates that Marx's base/superstructure thesis about literature is probably a good evaluation at least for the rise of industrial capitalism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 2/17/2014

    " An exploration of generational angst. Surprise! It existed in the nineteenth century too, in Russia. I like reading Turgenev, like how he takes you to previous times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Vasha7 | 2/16/2014

    " A fascinating novel, not only for its portrayal of the ideas of the time, but especially for its vivid characters: the protagonist, but also others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Blaire | 2/15/2014

    " I read a lot of Russian literature in college, but not since then. Consequently, this book initially awakened a sense of nostalgia. I found the strength of the novel to be in its depiction of the people, landscape, and way of life in the Russian countryside in the mid-nineteenth century. The descriptions are specific and vivid and quintessentially Russian. I found the characters to be types rather than complex individuals, and I thought the story was adequate, but trivial. The central character, Bazarov, was the most strongly developed. I know he is considered to be a masterpiece, but I found him to be something of a caricature and eminently unlikable. This particular translation uses some contemporary slang that I found jarring. It's an old-fashioned novel and I thought the dialog should have fit the period. "

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