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The Torrents of Spring

Ivan Turgenev

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The Torrents of Spring, is a novel written by Ivan Turgenev when he was in his fifties. The story centers around a young Russian landowner named Dimitry Sanin who falls deliriously in love for the first time while visiting the German city of Frankfurt. It is widely held as one Turgenev's greatest novels as well as being highly autobiographical in nature. - Summary by Wikipedia

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And no wonder! In the blast of that instantaneous summer hurricane, he had almost as instantaneously felt, not that Gemma was lovely, not that he liked her—that he had known before … but that he almost … loved her! As suddenly as that blast of wind, had love pounced down upon him. And then this senseless duel! He began to be tormented by mournful forebodings. And even suppose they didn't kill him…. What could come of his love for this girl, another man's betrothed? Even supposing this 'other man' was no danger, that Gemma herself would care for him, or even cared for him already … What would come of it? How ask what! Such a lovely creature!…

He walked about the room, sat down to the table, took a sheet of paper, traced a few lines on it, and at once blotted them out…. He recalled Gemma's wonderful figure in the dark window, in the starlight, set all a-fluttering by the warm hurricane; he remembered her. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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 more 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...more

Вешние воды = Spring Torrents = Torrents of Spring, Ivan Turgenev
Torrents of Spring, also known as Spring Torrents (Russian: Вешние воды), is a novel written by Ivan Turgenev during 1870 and 1871 when he was in his fifties. The story centers around a young Russian landowner named Dimitry Sa...more

¡Ese final! Ese final consigue que esta novela no sea simplemente una lectura deliciosamente agradable y muy bien escrita.
Los rusos, amigo, no hay ni uno optimista. Como a mi me gusta

Așa cum presimțeam înainte să mă apuc de citit romanul, subiectul său e dat de o temă nu predilectă, ci definitorie (aproape totală) în opera lui Turgheniev: resemnarea în față iubirii pierdute a tinereții.
De Turgheniev am dat când am citit Un cuib de nobili, din colecția Adevărul, undeva prin 2...more

If I understood well, Turgenev planned for Spring Torrents to be a short story, but at some point he changed his mind and turned it into a novel. I can't complain, because I think this books makes for a fine novel, even if a bit unorthodox one. One could argue that it is unbalanced. One could eve...more

Another entertaining book by Mr Turgenev.
The author seems more optimistic than his peers:
even though in Torrents: love and betrayal compete
disastrously, he still manages at the end to resolve
his hero and his heroine with some happiness.
An artful story teller. Very recommendable.

This book was surprisingly good! I must thank my Goodreads friend Kelly for finding this author! I will definitely be reading more by him!

The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turganev was written in 1870 but thought to be a highly autobiographical rendition of events that occurred in his life in 1840. it is considered to be one of his greatest novels. It is the first for me.

The hero of this book is named Dmitri Savin. On a trip to...more

I enjoyed this for its character portrayal much more 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 Ru...more

3.5 stars
It’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.

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