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A poem about love and regret and Russia is so full of both, beautiful and light, like a waltz that ends in tears.
Again we explore how destructive living by ideas instead of sentiments can be and how time can reverse positions if not outcomes. Romantic and tragic, all of Onegin decisions are in the first part of the novel, are those of a man that has lost his way his joy in life but pretends to be superior, while lost and bound by social conventions. Tatiana, on the other hand in her youth is pure an true to her feeling but also in command of them but in the end both are slaves to the culture and its demands in their lives.
Sad but beautiful, a classic for the world.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
Most in a position to judge find Falen's translation a miracle of verbal and metrical fidelity, but it deserves a much better performance than this one. If Stephen Fry's amazing reading of Falen's translation ever turns up on Audible, snatch it up without delay. In the meantime, stick with Neville Jason's reading of Mary Robson's version (Evgenii Onegin). Jason may not be quite as good as Fry, and Robson is certainly not as good as Falen, but Jason is so much better than Corkhill that there's no contest.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
wonderful performance. of brilliant prose. heart wrenching tale of lost love and wasted youth. worth every penny.