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First Love | [Ivan Turgenev]

First Love

At the end of a dinner party, the remaining guests drink wine and tell stories of their first love. For one of them, it will be a dark journey into his past, reawakening unbearable memories of his obsession with the beautiful Zinaida.
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Publisher's Summary

At the end of a dinner party, the remaining guests drink wine and tell stories of their first love. For one of them, it will be a dark journey into his past, reawakening unbearable memories of his obsession with the beautiful Zinaida.

©2008 BBC Audiobooks Ltd;

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    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 01-16-14
    Douglas Auburn, WA, United States 01-16-14 Member Since 2008

    College English professor who loves classic literature, psychology, neurology and hates pop trash like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey.

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    "Turgenev's Famous Novel..."

    Fathers And Sons is one of my favorite Russian novels, and this lesser known work, First Love, now becomes another of my top-ranking volumes of east European literature. Like Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky, Turgenev is the literary precursor of the psychologist, teasing out the inner thoughts and motivations of his characters, painting them in umber scenes, often melancholy and reflecting on the past. First Love is about remembrance, hope, regret, and the full oeuvre of human emotion, a moving and compelling work of art.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia 03-02-12
    Virginia 03-02-12
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    "Interesting but Not Great"

    The reading is well done but the story was a bit tedious. Intesting to listen to as it is not too long but not my favourite book.

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  • Guy Andrews
    7/24/15
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    "A bewitching story told with authority and charm."
    Would you consider the audio edition of First Love to be better than the print version?

    A strange question. Hopefully they would be identical. I haven't read the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Love?

    A sequence of moments: the thrilling, excruciating games the heroine compels her suitors to play.


    Have you listened to any of David Troughton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I have heard Mr Troughton sing 'Blue Light Boogie' in 'Tales Of Sherwood Forest' , and I have seen his fabulous wiggly dance.

    Masterful.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was entranced. And finally exasperated by the misjudged abruptness of the author's ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Turgenev's head was so large that when he died the medical authorities pickled his brain as a curiosity to amuse undergraduates.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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