Returning to Russia from a tour in Italy, twenty three year old Dimitry Sanin breaks his journey in Frankfurt There, he encounters the beautiful Gemma Roselli, who works in her parents patisserie, and falls deeply and deliriously in love for the first time Convinced that nothing can come in the way of everlasting happiness with his fiancee, Dimitry impetuously decides tReturning to Russia from a tour in Italy, twenty three year old Dimitry Sanin breaks his journey in Frankfurt There, he encounters the beautiful Gemma Roselli, who works in her parents patisserie, and falls deeply and deliriously in love for the first time Convinced that nothing can come in the way of everlasting happiness with his fiancee, Dimitry impetuously decides to begin a new life and sell his Russian estates But when he meets the potential buyer, the intriguing Madame Polozov, his youthful vulnerability makes him prey for a darker, destructive infatuation A novel of haunting beauty, Spring Torrents 1870 1 is a fascinating, partly autobiographical account of one of Turgenev s favourite themes a man s inability to love without losing his innocence and becoming enslaved to obsessive passions.
Spring Torrents Returning to Russia from a tour in Italy twenty three year old Dimitry Sanin breaks his journey in Frankfurt There he encounters the beautiful Gemma Roselli who works in her parents patisserie and
I enjoyed this for its character portrayal much than for the plot line In the second half of the story, there is a piquant twist that does add some intrigue The characters are amusing and the swipes at different cultural tendencies are fun The main character is telling the story He is Russian, fifty two years old and looking back thirty years when he had fallen in love with an Italian woman in Frankfurt The year was 1840 Except, he then became head over heels infatuated with a Russian woman The [...]
3.5 starsIt s a while since I read any Turgenev and this is regarded as one of Turgenev s better novels, if not his best known Like Proust s madeleine, here a garnet cross triggers recollection in Sanin Sanin is 52 and the cross takes him back thirty years, to his youth and first love Sanin was travelling and visited Frankfurt passing a shop he is called in to assist a boy in distress He successfully provides aid and is very taken with the boy s elder sister Gemma The family take him out as than [...]
I have never read a book so swiftly and with such interest I could almost laugh at how true this story felt to me there could not be characters any real or suited to my taste if I had written a novel myself The plot is engaging and moves at a rapid pace, there is never a dull moment The prose is simple and astoundingly authentic, but there is also a great deal of romanticism, which makes for a seamless combination This is by far my favorite piece of writing and it is a true masterpiece that rea [...]
That s it, Turgenev is officially my favourite Russian And this novelette was written to remind us how love can drive us astray, shift our personality and completely alter our life course be it for better or for worse Powerful prose and colourful images of the romantic era, also a female character Maria that you will love to hate I couldn t help but notice some subtle elements of class collision the love between the young Russian aristocrat and the beautiful but poor Italian girl and the not so [...]
After reading this wonderful piece of classic work, I came up with two wishes First, I wished I could read the book in its original language Second, I wish I had read Turgenev s works before The first one would only remain that a wish The English translation of the eBook I read is wonderful, but I after reading it and pondering the ending I wondered how it must all be in Russian The narrative flows so simply and yet so intimately of its protagonist, Sanin, that I craved for what could have been [...]
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This is not going to be much of a review I enjoyed the novella, but I didn t love it.While reading The Torrents of Spring, I kept comparing Turgenev s Sanin to Dostoevsky s Raskolnikov I m not sure if it s because I haven t read much Russian literature, so what I do read, I compare to the few other Russian novels I ve read It could also be because Turgenev referenced Dostoevsky in his letters to Flaubert, so I may have had him on the brain I m sure that didn t have anything to do with my lack of [...]
In honor of the season I have read a book I have heard much of over the years, one I have wanted to read for a long time Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev, published in 1872 when Turgenev was 53 or 54 His age is important because this novelette is largely autobiographical and the hero, when we first meet him, is 52 Although the subject is first love, this is an especially rewarding book for those who are middle aged, especially those living with regrets and perhaps feeling discouraged and burn [...]
Mladej Rus dojede do N mecka a tam zkejsne, p mu dal dro ka jede a za p r dn Tento pocit zn m, letos jsem toti na leti ti ve Frankfurtu str vil celej den a kdyby mi letadlo let lo je t o p r hodin pozd ji, asi bych si musel vz t na dal precl k za 12 000 euro pravd podobn kontokorent Ka dop dn Rus vleze do cukr rny, tam mlad italka a bum l ska jak parmez n Kdy zjist , e pagetka m n jak ho bohat ho germ nsk ho snoubence tak se Rus trochu rozesmutn , ale to by nebyl Rus, aby to v echno nedoprcal t [...]
Cartea mi a adus lacrimi in ochi O iubesc si o urasc.
Vesele godine, Sre ni dani K o prole ne vodeProhuja e oni I ovo je najtu nije to je napisano u knjizi , a nije ak ni napisao Turgenjev ,nego je citat neke ruske romanse na po etku knjige Ko bi rekao da je Turgenjev Rus , nigde nema tuge , sve je lagano, prozra no i lepr avo da ne ka em pozitivno ak o kada se desi ne to lo e nema nikakvog patosa Ali to sve nije bitno , jer je sve toliko lepo i dobro napisano da mi je prijalo da je itam.
My first Turgenev and unfortunately it wasn t a good one It had nearly a full hand of things I don t like but which seem very common in Russian Literature Namely Unpleasant and unsympathetic characters Passionate and stupid men Charming women who aren t Unrealistic situations Over the Top emotions which I don t believe inIt did however skip the nearly obligatory exposition on philosophy social theory economics Points for that anyway.For the rest it was, as the 1001 book blurb points out, rather [...]
I was intoxicated by this moving work It s also the one Turgenev I ve read which I m glad I didn t come to earlier in my life the narrator is in his early fifties, as I am now, and the story is one of looking back from that perspective on the beauties and follies of youth, and dealing with the sense of loss and regret that lives on The writing, of course, is dazzling the description of the riding expedition with the beautiful and sinister Russian temptress is a masterpiece I found myself shoutin [...]
For me, this book has the best description of life, its trials and tribulations, I have ever read He did not picture life s ocean, as do the poet s, all astir with stormy waves No he saw it in his mind s eye as smooth, without a ripple, motionless and translucent right down to the dark sea bed He saw himself sitting in a small unsteady boat, staring at the dark silt of the sea bottom, where he could just discern shapeless monsters, like enormous fish These were life s hazards the illnesses, the [...]
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I have just read the book and cannot express how much the main character Sanin has filled me with disgust.He is not a man, ok, he is but he does not deserves to be called so because his way of thinking is made for young boys not for grown ups At first I was like oh, how nice and sweet, and helpful Sanin is and he and Gemma would make a great couple Butter reading the last chapter, I thought, thank God, it did not happen, Gemma should feel very lucky and full of happiness Why did I change my mind [...]
Free download available at eBooks Adelaide.Opening lines At two o clock in the night he had gone back to his study He had dismissed the servant after the candles were lighted, and throwing himself into a low chair by the hearth, he hid his face in both hands.This is the first novella I ve read by Ivan Turgenev and I really liked it.3 Spring TorrentsTR Virgin SoilTR King Lear of the SteppesTR Fathers and SonsTR On the Eve
A rather charming romantic era novella I read and loved Fathers and Sons in college, but this speaks to a much different sensibility This Turgenev cares less about the repercussions of modernity, and about the life and passions of ordinary people I can t say I was especially moved, but it was rather entertaining in a 19th Century sort of way For fans of all things soap operatic, Torrents of Spring will be a hit.
3.5 starsWhile I really liked some passages and the inherent poetry of the text, with lovely connections to folk tales in some of the motifs and details, I found the characterization of Gemma a bit stereotypical and flat at times It doesn t matter though because I was pleasantly entertained by the humour and some elements of the absurd as well The play upon stereotypes is lovely and for such a short story there s lots to unpack.I was rather bothered by the quick turn of events from the meeting t [...]
So this book wasn t exactly what I expected Actually, it wasn t anything like I expected For some reason, in my head I was expecting some Camus, I think Perhaps Dostoevsky Now I m not sure But the majority of it was nothing like the depress fests I ve read by those two Anyway, here are my thoughts on this book, in no particular order.Do you think Turgenev knew what a romance novelist he was I loved this description Sanin returned to his room, threw himself on the divan without lighting the candl [...]
I wasn t immediately captured by this book, but it did seize my interest once it took a dark turn The simplicity of a basic story of love and betrayal belies the vast psychological archetypes which the novel develops Sanin s abject humiliation at the hands of Maria Nikolaevna contains a raw brutality that reflects real life It also reminded me of Lady Chatterley s Lover, and other works of D.H Lawrence, for its examination of the unconscious motivations and captivations that people experience It [...]
I read this book when I was 13 or 14 years old, since then I change my mind for Russian romantic literature Nice book to be read in the winter near the fire, and time to time to close the book, and drink a glass of rum or wine, and thinkd remember,.d start again reading it till the next early morning, and you are finished as it is a short book.
While Ivan Turgenev s Spring Torrents was a decent book, it really wasn t spectacular enough to deserve a place on the 1,001 list which is why I read it The novel tells the story of Dmitry Sanin, a Russian landowner who travels to Frankfurt and immediately falls in love with Gemma, whose family owns a candy shop Antics ensue, which are fairly predictable I found the characters relatively interesting but didn t find much that was very special about this book.
I initially found this book to be quite boring Boy goes on vacation, sees girl, they fall in love, they become engaged I kept wondering when things were going to change and then came the character of Maria Nikolaevna I knew where things were headed from the minute she appeared, but I love stories where things begin to slowly fall apart.
Beautiful, a new favorite.
I would characterize this novel as charming, humorous, with a bitter twist Turgenev really knows how to build up a story
The impression I get from this novel is that it is written by an incredibly gifted author whose talents, sadly, have left him Yet there are flashes of brilliance here and there, and perhaps that s why Turgenev wrote the novel in the first place, perhaps he was overcome with a flash of inspiration that he eventually had to see to the bitter end, just like our hero.To read the novel in such a meta way would make this a brilliant novel, but after what I thought was a promising start, quickly become [...]
Poetic and lovely, if I thought that the two halves hung together disjointedly I really liked Turgenev s relatively sparse language compared to the great discursion of contemporaries Likewise, the plot somewhat felt unusual in that it was not the usual type of love story where two people meet and end up marrying Turgenev manages to convey such two different and yet both incomplete and futile love affair experiences that Sanin, the main character, has with the virginal and sweet Gemma and the urb [...]
A poignant story of chivalry, love, temptation, seduction and regret I liked most the first part and the conclusion, least the second part, where I had to slow my reading.Since the prologue, I was afraid that this love story would have a sad end It was also to be expected from Turgenev s other novels First love, for instance, is a sad love story, but at least the main character is a teenager in love with an older woman, so the sad end was to be expected.