When Arcady Kirsanov returns from college to the country manor of his father, he brings along his radical friend Bazarov, a nihilist who believes in nothing and respects no one. But behind the intellect of this caustic, impatient man is a heart full of compassion and kindness that will change the Kirsanov's lives forever.When Ivan Turgenev first published this novel in 1862, the populace of his native Russia was so enraged by the character of Bazarov that Turgenev was forced to flee the country for France. However, critics have praised the novel for its subtle irony and richly crafted characters.
The latter half of the nineteenth century was a time of turmoil in Russian politics and society. As modernization and industrialization took place, the new generation challenged traditional society. Against this backdrop Turgenev presents a generational conflict through a cast of richly crafted characters and delicate prose. The narrator does not give his characters assertive voices, but portrays them thoughtfully, especially the extraordinary protagonist, Bazarov. Little is needed to convey the chilling intellect and compassionate heart of this complex character. This novel about life and relationships will evoke a thoughtful mood in the listener.
"The deep purpose pervading Fathers and Sons is to show us life itself." (Henry James)
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The Clash Between Liberals and Nihilists
Probably. It was a good listen and an important novel but I would probably wait at least ten years to revisit it.
I think it could be comparable to works his contemporaries.
I'm not sure. He did a good job overall but I'm not sure what I would say about the performance that I liked best.
No, not really.
I had always heard the name Ivan Turgenev as being mentioned amongst the top Russian novelists of the 19th century but I never got around to reading or listening to any of his works till now. ‘Fathers and Sons’ is generally considered his best novel and having George Guidall narrate only makes the experience that much better. Believing that this would be a complex novel I was happily surprised to find out how clearly Turgenev was able to show the divide between the new and old order of Russia.