Fathers and Sons
- Narrated by: David Horovitch
- Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-10-09
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
After graduating from the University of Petersburg, Arkady Kirsanov and his friend and fellow graduate, Bazarov, travel to Kirsanov's family home, eager to embark on their next adventure. Delighted at the prospect of seeing his son, Arkady's father welcomes them both to the Marino estate. Encouraging dramatic conflict between the opposing generations, Ivan Turgenev wreaks havoc in Marino, ensuring Bazarov's nihilistic and progressive political views clash spectacularly with that of the traditional Russian patriarch's.
Set in a time of conflict and social uprising, the people fought for the abolishment of serfdom and despaired at the daily inequality faced by the lower classes. Turgenev offered astute psychological insight into the conflicting parties, from the portrayal of his two young protagonists to that of their older parents and the various women that they try to court.
Ivan Turgenev lived in imperial Russia. Abroad, he was a highly respected and sought-after author and Fathers and Sons was released to great success around Europe. Whilst it undoubtedly ruffled some feathers back home, the public found Ivan's novel to be a fascinating take on the socio-political change that had started to sweep across Russia. Turgenev died in 1883 so he didn't live to see the revolution come to fruition. Regardless, his text would go on to be read by millions, outliving the Tsars themselves.
Having studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, David Horovitch has had a television career spanning over 40 years. One of his most notable roles was in 1984 as Detective Inspector Slack in the first BBC Miss Marple adaptation of The Body in the Library. Due to the success of his character, he returned for four Christmas specials.
He has had roles in other shows such as Just William (1994), Foyle's War (2002) and Wire in the Blood (2005) as well as film appearances in The Young Victoria (2009), 102 Dalmatians (2000), The Infiltrator (2016) and Mike Leigh's Mr Turner (2014).
A longtime star of the stage, in 2015 he played the role of George Frideric Handel in All the Angels by Nick Drake at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. As well as narrating numerous audiobooks, David Horovitch also appeared in Audible's multicast drama, The Oedipus Plays.
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By Annie on 11-08-16
Old Men & Young Men!
The book was written in & set in Russia. Written in 1862, Ivan Turgenev wrote in a way that enables us to taste 19 Century Russia, all of the way through it.
Arkady returns home from his college, together with his friend, a self-proclaimed nihilist. His father believes that he has lost his child. Indeed, Arkady has changed & returning to his landowning home, is at odds with his father.
'Fathers & Sons translates literally to Fathers and Children.' (Wikipedia)
This would have been a better English title for the book, though the present title would have suited our tastes better at the time of translation.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Candida on 04-07-15
Romantic Russian Novel
The perfect realistic Russian 19th century novel with all the loose ends tied at the end. Love conquers all. Has a wry good humored understanding of human nature and makes gentle fun of mens foibles.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Dan Harlow on 07-07-13
The greatest novel I'll ever read
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I'm not even going to attempt to write a review, it would be impossible for me to put into any words how personal this book is for me, how much it means to me, how stunningly beautiful, sad, insightful, and perfect this novel is.
I'm not sure I ever need to read another novel again.
Fathers and Sons is perfect. I'm in love with it.
11 of 15 people found this review helpful