Generational Splits in Fathers and Sons

The general argument of the Turgenev novel Fathers and Sons is that the older and younger generations fail to see eye-to-eye. It is one of the most basic narrative structures: us vs them. We see it in novels of generational dispute (Franzen, Salinger, and Zadie Smith), cultural or racial dispute ( Roth and Morrison, etc.) gender … Continue reading

Starting Fathers and Sons… Is it any good?

Sorry for the week-long hiatus, but we’re back and picking up the next book on the list, Ivan Turgenev’s Fathers and Sons. This is the first non-20th century novel in the Letters Republic project. Admittedly, that was done intentionally as 19th and 18th century novels (Jane Austin almost universally excepted thanks to her perpetual dominance of the … Continue reading