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Fathers And Sons is one of my favorite Russian novels, and this lesser known work, First Love, now becomes another of my top-ranking volumes of east European literature. Like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Turgenev is the literary precursor of the psychologist, teasing out the inner thoughts and motivations of his characters, painting them in umber scenes, often melancholy and reflecting on the past. First Love is about remembrance, hope, regret, and the full oeuvre of human emotion, a moving and compelling work of art.
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Among the great 19th century Russian novelists, Turgenev is counted among the greatest but nevertheless seems to find himself in the shadows of the Titans, Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, perhaps because Turgenev's works are shorter by comparison. But his novella , "First Love," is the equal of any piece of fiction ever written. I can't say too much more in detail or I'll give away the ending--which is absolutely electrifying. And, accompanying this superb work of fiction, the book is narrated by a no less superb reader, David Troughten.
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Would you consider the audio edition of First Love to be better than the print version?
A strange question. Hopefully they would be identical. I haven't read the book.
What was one of the most memorable moments of First Love?
A sequence of moments: the thrilling, excruciating games the heroine compels her suitors to play.
Have you listened to any of David Troughton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I have heard Mr Troughton sing 'Blue Light Boogie' in 'Tales Of Sherwood Forest' , and I have seen his fabulous wiggly dance.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I was entranced. And finally exasperated by the misjudged abruptness of the author's ending.
Any additional comments?
Turgenev's head was so large that when he died the medical authorities pickled his brain as a curiosity to amuse undergraduates.