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Now, a half a century later, comes Stephen Pearl's solid effort. Though it would be absurd to expect that Pearl has unveiled a new Oblomov--one that significantly alters the reader's view of Goncharov's masterpiece--this translation clearly surpasses its predecessors. Eschewing the dangerous "be-literal-at-all-costs" principle observed by some translators, Pearl offers a consistently smooth, supple, and idiomatic rendition of the novel--a version that preserves the ''spirit'' of the original Russian text. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers; all levels. ---- R. Gregg, emeritus, Vassar College
...Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed. --Michael Wood, London Review of Books
I just returned it and ordered the Penguin Classics (Everyman's Library also has a fine but more expensive edition).
Goncharov should also get credit for presenting his female characters with far more depth than is usually found in nineteenth-century novels written by men.
Overall I felt the book dragged on in spots but overall worth the effort; assuming you can peel yourself off the couch to read it.
This was a gift to a friend who is retired and does nothing all day except read and watch television (although he is otherwise quite healthy). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kiki Madison
Incredible book, what a lazy person, I felt frustrated with it but had to finish it.Published 6 months ago by Sarah McCowan
Oblomov is one of the masterpieces of Russian literature. Goncharov's novel with singular beauty relates the psychological tragedy of Ilya Ilytich Oblomov - the Russian Hamlet - a... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Luca Graziuso and Marina Ross
What an absorbing tale. Needed to slow down enough to start taking it in! Book Club members enjoyed it too.Published 7 months ago by Lyn Davies
Oblomov was a favorite novel of mine when I studied Russian Literature in the 60s. Most reviews seem to characterize him as a slothful gentry. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vedura