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on 15 March 2010
My copy of this book is "A Bantam Classic", translated by Barbara Makanowitzky, with an introduction by Alexandra Tolstoy. As usual, the introduction gives away the whole story, so I would recommend reading it only after you have read the book.
This short novel belongs with the greats of classic Russian literature, and is similar in style to many of the writers of the time. The book is mainly about two student friends of the "new" generation, and their relationships with their families. We see how the idealism of youth can influence others both positively and negatively, and we also see how little that idealism means to the parents of the students, who love their children unconditionally. The characters in the story are well-drawn and seem very real, and one gets a clear picture of what life was like in that area at that time. There are love stories, tragedies, changes of heart and mind, and pretty much everything else that makes a good novel. Bazarov, who is a self-proclaimed nihilist, is a strong character, and is still recognizable today, even if his ideals might differ slightly from his modern type. I gave this book four stars instead of five because I felt that the story weakened towards the end, but I don't necessarily think that it should have been longer, and I think that anyone who likes this style will enjoy this book.
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