Fathers and Sons [Christmas Summary Classics] [NOOK Book]

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Christmas Summary Classics
This series contains summary of Classic books such as Emma, Arne, Arabian Nights, Pride and prejudice, Tower of London, Wealth of Nations etc. Each book is specially crafted after reading complete book in less than 30 pages. One who wants to get joy of book reading especially in very less time can go for it.

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Among the great critics and great artists of every period, Ivan Sergeyvitch Turgenev occupies a supreme position. He was born at Oriel in the Government of the same name, on November 9, 1818, and died on September 3, 1883. His father was a colonel in a cavalry regiment, and an ancestor was a James Turgenev who was one of Peter the Great's jesters. Educated at Moscow, St Petersburg, and Berlin, Ivan Turgenev began life in a government office, but after a year retired into private life. His early attempts at literature consisted chiefly of poems and sketches, none of which attracted any degree of attention; and it was not until about 1847, upon the appearance of "A Sportsman's Sketches"--a series of stories depicting with startling realism the condition of the Russian peasant, that his name became known. About 1860 Ivan Turgenev, in common with many of the Russian writers of the period, found himself being carried away towards the study of social reform. In 1861 he produced "Fathers and Sons" ("Otzi i Dieti"), a story that stirred up a storm the suddenness of which is difficult to imagine in the light of recent events. Yet, curiously enough, Turgenev, ardent Liberal though he was, had no political motive whatsoever in view in writing his novel, his purpose simply being the delineation of certain types which were then, for good or for bad, making themselves a force in his country. The figure of Bazaroff, in regard to whom Turgenev gave a new interpretation of the word "nihilist," possesses few of the revolutionary ideas that are now generally associated with his kind. Young Russia greatly objected to the picture, and the author, who so far had been hailed as a champion of liberty, was now looked on as a reactionist. To the end, however, Turgenev persisted that Bazaroff represented a type as he saw it, and the portrait was neither a caricature nor entirely a product of the imagination.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940149742912
  • Publisher: Kartindo Publishing House
  • Publication date: 7/22/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 17 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2002

    Great

    A wonderful masterpiece. Turgenev paints the nihilistic charector of bazarov in poetic and realistic way. One of the finest books I have ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Excellent prose

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Pretty good

    Had to read it for school, frightened of russian novels until i read this. Fairly easy to follow, great characterizaton and theme!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2005

    Lessons Forgotten

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2005

    Nihilism dissected

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    Generation Gap and Nihilism

    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...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2004

    Okay but not great

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2003

    Hmmmmm.... can't come up with a headline, sorry

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2001

    Funny Nihilism

    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.

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