Ivan Turgenev, “Fathers and Sons”

Just finished reading the novel Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev. It is a unique piece when read on its own, but differs even more so from Anton Checkhov’s The Cherry Orchard.

Even though Fathers and Sons was published in 1862, the language within the novel seems more modern than what is in The Cherry Orchard. (Of course, this could be due to the differences in translation.) Part of this could be related to that Fathers and Sons is meant to be read, while The Cherry Orchard is meant to be acted out as a play.

Nevertheless, Turgenev does a good job of building the story from the beginning, with attention given to each character to ensure that they fit and complement the story as well as possible. The theme around each of the characters which was also present in The Cherry Orchard is that of a disruption in the normal social order. Most of the events in the story are driven by this force.

This book is also available online. Recommended as an idea of what was to become at the turn of the century.