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"Fathers and Sons" by Ivan Turgenev

By a slim one-vote margin, we've chosen a classic, "Fathers and Sons" by Ivan Turgenev.

Here's a review by Goodreads:

Bazarov—a gifted, impatient, and caustic young man—has journeyed from school to the home of his friend Arkady Kirsanov. But soon Bazarov’s outspoken rejection of authority and social conventions touches off quarrels, misunderstandings, and romantic entanglements that will utterly transform the Kirsanov household and reflect the changes taking place all across nineteenth-century Russia.

Fathers and Sons enraged the old and the young, reactionaries, romantics, and radicals alike when it was first published. At the same time, Turgenev won the acclaim of Flaubert, Maupassant, and Henry James for his craftsmanship as a writer and his psychological insight. Fathers and Sons is now considered one of the world’s greatest novels.

A timeless depiction of generational conflict during social upheaval, it vividly portrays the clash between the older Russian aristocracy and the youthful radicalism that foreshadowed the revolution to come—and offers modern-day readers much to reflect upon as they look around at their own tumultuous, changing world.

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  • David S.

    Timeless classic. Jon did a great job of letting the group discuss the book. His questions pulled more meaningful comments from everyone.

    September 1, 2013

  • Jean-Pierre Z.

    What is the next book and when is the next meeting?

    September 1, 2013

  • Susan G.

    A most interesting book and discussion. Glad I had an on entice to read.

    September 1, 2013

  • Jean-Pierre Z.

    Sorry. I cannot come today. Book was okay.

    September 1, 2013

  • Bradley

    I can't make it today but this book I do like!

    September 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm out of town-- really wish I could make it!

    August 17, 2013

  • Jean-Pierre Z.

    What was second place?

    August 10, 2013

    • Jon R. M.

      "The Age of Miracles" by Karen Thompson Walker

      August 12, 2013

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