©2006 Liza Knapp; (P)2006 Recorded Books
Excellent content and format.It has stimulated my interest in the subject sustantially.Prof. Knapp provides valuable hindsights and reading keys as well as a concise yet comprehensive description of the intellectual ,moral and political environment in which these authors created unavoidable pieces of our common culture.
a fellow traveller
the final lecture of this course is a beautifully wrought, profound, discussion on, not only the uniqueness of Russian literature, but also the human condition. Dr. Knapp is a rare academic: her lectures are transcendent and provide, thru the lens of these great Russians, illuminations on what is means to be a human being.
The lecturer does an excellent job of describing the context of the works in several ways that enrich the readers' understanding of literature by the featured authors. She describes the lives of the authors and the historical events occurring in the lives of each. In discussing their works, she shows how various sections are influenced or determined by the time written, the culture, religion, and by other literature, both Russian and European. It has left me wanting to read or reread the literature in light of what she has taught.
The lecturer appears to be reading the talks rather than giving live lectures but it doesn't detract from the presentation. As I have seen in other audio books, she occasionally repeats a sentence she just said. I've always thought readers do these repetitions because they are in some way dissatisfied with how they read certain sentences & they think the first attempt will be edited out... (just MHO- I don't really know the reason.)
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The lecturer explains very well the theme of love and death in great Russian literature. Especially relevant for people wondering big questions like "why live".
"Interesting and Informative"
The narrator is pleasant to listen to and the content is good. No prior knowledge of Russian literature is assumed but the author gives the info without being patronizing. It's a good introduction and helps the listener get a bit more out of the novels.
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