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More accessible than Tolstoy or Dostoevsky,
This review is from: Fathers and Sons (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
If you've struggled with 'War & Peace', 'Anna Karenin' or 'Crime & Punishment' - and I'll admit I did - then don't give up on classic Russian literature just yet. There's still Turgenev, the grand-daddy of them all. 'Fathers and Sons', probably his most famous and enduring work, is a delightful, highly accessible and ultimately hopeful book. It concerns two brothers in their twenties returning to the family home in the country after a period of study in the big city - a classic literary set-up (only Turgenev must have been one of the first to get there). What follows is an inter-generational battle that has genuine love at its heart. There's a good plot, not too much in the way of political/ philosophical exposition, and characters that are richly drawn and appealing. It is also positively concise next to the works listed above.