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Home of the Gentry (Penguin Classics) Paperback – June 30, 1970
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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It's at the Kalitin household that Lavretsky, on his way back home to his estate after the break up of his marriage in Europe, calls in on his relatives and falls in love with his cousin Liza Mikhaylovna. Liza is however being courted by an important but dull government official who Lavretsky feels is unworthy of the deeply religious young woman, but Lavretsky's own bad experiences in love and his uncertainty over the position of his ex-wife causes him to hesitate about whether he should declare his feelings to Liza.
For all the humanistic position of Tugenev's work, his superb evocation of the Russian landscape, the circumstances of its people and the gentrification of society towards the European model, Home of the Gentry is more than anything about affairs of the heart. "Another's heart is like a dark forest", the author muses here and perhaps only Chekhov really has the ability to delve there, but Turgenev brilliantly manages to identify how the conflicting emotions between a man and a woman drive one's actions more than any social conscience or lofty ideal, and is without peer in depicting those feelings with truth and beauty in his works (as opposed to Chekhov's darker cynicism). Magnificent.
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I have thought for some time that the flaws of a masterpiece are its most endearing features. Turgenev appears to write spontaneously without reading what he has written just a... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Adam B. Ritchie Jr.
Russian names are sometimes confusing but this story held my interest from start to fiinish,however I would not rush to read more by this authorPublished on July 9, 2013 by grace dow
As an avid reader of Russian fiction (in translation), I found the first 3/4 of this book to be exceptionally uneventful and uninteresting. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Steve R. Marquardt
A very hard to find Turganev novel. Everyone should read him. One of the best Russian writers of all timePublished on December 20, 2012 by Tom Bloom
Already in his thirties, Lavretsky returns to his hometown of O... in Russia. He descends form a strange family of landed gentry. Read morePublished on July 21, 2009 by Guillermo Maynez