Thursday, August 17, 2017

Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov

Author: Ivan Goncharov  
Original title: Обломов 
Pages: 634 
Edition Language: Russian 
Series: no 
Format:  Paperback 
Genres: Classics, Russian Literature  

     The novel focuses on the midlife crisis of the main character, Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, an upper middle class son of a member of Russia's nineteenth century landed gentry. Oblomov's distinguishing characteristic is his slothful attitude towards life. While a common negative characteristic, Oblomov raises this trait to an art form, conducting his little daily business apathetically from his bed.  

 My thoughts:  
     Absolutely the best book I have read so far this year! The author style is so distinct and beautiful. By no means this was an easy read, the story dragged and it took around 200 pages for main character just to get out the bed. But the language is sooo good, it is like a warm cozy blanket that wraps you up and makes you calm and peaceful and sleepy. But be aware and do not miss in this sleepiness many philosophical ideas about life, destiny, friendship, love.
      This book has no sudden outbursts of emotion, no unbelievable plot twists, and that is why it is so brilliant. The reader can see the emotional and intellectual depth of this novel once he gets past the superficial stereotypes surrounding this novel. 
    The book is so reach on different characters, they are so well written that a reader can see a vivid picture of middle class gentry life in the mid of 19th century with all the troubles, concerns and issues.  The main theme of the book it is the clash of old and new lifestyle. The "new" style is all about striving to the better future, acting, resolving, moving, education yourself and never stop and waist time. "Old" style is all about enjoying yourself, laying, watching, talking, listening to good music, eating tasty food, dreaming and not straining yourself with worries and obligations. The first according to Goncharov leads to prosperity, spiritual stability and satisfaction, the later to decay and destruction of body and soul.
       This work captures every aspect of the Russian attitude, intellect, emotion, soul, and lifestyle from the most superficial level to the very deep. It can be recommended to anyone who enjoy character driven books, when not much happening in reality but a lot in heads and hearts of main characters.

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