Fathers and Sons

Fathers and Sons

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by Ivan Turgenev
     
 

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Arkady Kirsanov has just graduated from the University of Petersburg and returns with a friend, Bazarov, to his father's modest estate in an outlying province of Russia. The father, Nikolai, gladly receives the two young men at his estate, called Marino, but Nikolai's brother, Pavel, soon becomes upset by the strange new philosophy called "nihilism" which the young

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Arkady Kirsanov has just graduated from the University of Petersburg and returns with a friend, Bazarov, to his father's modest estate in an outlying province of Russia. The father, Nikolai, gladly receives the two young men at his estate, called Marino, but Nikolai's brother, Pavel, soon becomes upset by the strange new philosophy called "nihilism" which the young men advocate.

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ISBN-13:
2940015337808
Publisher:
Smashbooks
Publication date:
12/26/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
537 KB

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Fathers and Sons 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had to read it for school, frightened of russian novels until i read this. Fairly easy to follow, great characterizaton and theme!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is an interesting introduction to Russian life in the 19th century, as well as a good study of generational differences, but the best part of this novel is the writing. There were numerous turns of phrase that I loved, and I found it highly entertaining in spots.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Fathers and Sons shows the timeless cycle of intergenerational rebellion and the resulting alientation of the generations. Written at the time of the emancipation of the Russian serfs, it deals with a self-proclaimed liberal father and his son, who under the influence of his brilliant friend, dismisses his father's liberal virtues as sentimentality. As with much Russian literature of the era, the story unfolds against a fascinating background with institutions and characters that are unfamiliar to Western readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
FATHERS AND SONS treats Nihilism far more succinctly than any book I can think of and brought the idea to the ordinary mind through true to life characters that we can relate to. It is important because the ideas and methods of the most notorious Nihilists-Nechayev is considered to be very important by Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel deals with two main themes: On the one hand the natural conflict between different generations, and on the other the philosophy of nihilism, which professes a kind of utilitarianism based on natural science. Character opposition and plot structure is vital to interpreting the work; there is great irony in Bazarov's rather anticlimactic death. The world will go on without him. Turgenev is unfortunately stuck in the shadow of two other 19th century Russian realists...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was really boring, sometimes it was interesting to read though. The end was much more interesting to read than the beginning
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book (in Russian, not in English :)). I think that, although lots of people simply say that 'it's a great book', it has a really deep message and meaning, and it's really not that easy to understand. But seriously, I liked this book! I think that it's quite different when you read the translation, though.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a few interesting ideas, including the introduction of the word 'nihilism.' The main character is somehow a mix between a Mark Twain hero and Hamlet. Anyway, it reads fast; so read it -- fast.