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First Love

By Turgenev, Ivan

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Reproduction Date: 2009

Title: First Love  
Author: Turgenev, Ivan
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Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Fiction
Collections: Audio Books Collection, First Love
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Publication Date:
1860
Publisher: LibriVox Audio Books

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The title of the novella is almost an adequate summary in itself. The boy-meets-girl-then-loses-her story is universal but not, I think, banal - despite a surprise ending which notoriously turns out to be very little of a surprise. First Love is given its originality and poignancy by Turgenev's mastery of the piercing turning-point (akin to Joyce's epiphanies) that transforms the character's whole being, making a tragic outcome inevitable. Even the nature symbolism is rescued from triteness by lovely poetic similes - e.g. but at that point my attention was arrested by the appearance of a speckled woodpecker who busily climbed up the slender stem of a birch-tree and peeped out uneasily from behind it, first to the right, then to the left, like a musician behind the bass-viol. (Summary by Martin Geeson)

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