What does IQfy think of this? I didn't see many Turgenev discussions here.
I found the characters to be pretty weak.
Bazarov, probably central figure of the novel, is deeply uninteresting. He doesn't go farther than just deconstructing everything, and too often his arguments are complete trash or he contradicts his own arguments from two pages earlier. I can't understand why is he so impactful on everyone around him, and he ends up a corrupting influence on pretty much every character. I can stand an annoying character, but he is sadly also not interesting in any way.
I thought the Rudin (from novel Rudin) is much better character in same vein - firstly his dialogue is written much better, it is clear why people around him look at him with praise or disgust, all in all he seems very realistic. Also it is bad if straight up propagandistic villains such as Verkhovensky or Stavrogin have cooler aesthetic/rhetoric than Bazarov.
It was weird to me that Rudin and Bazarov are both such negative characters considering Turgenev's western orientation. They are both presented as completely useless with illusions of grandeur developed abroad. They operate purely on aesthetics and normal people get quickly disillusioned with them. Rudin at least notices this and dedicates his life to "fixing" it.
Novel seemed like it had more empathy and understanding for "fathers" i.e. generation of Bazarov and Arkady's parents. Both of their fathers are presented as loving figures who can't understand the younger generations but are definitely good and dedicated people. Sadly the generational conflict amounted to Bazarov saying something outlandish and parents nodding their heads in disagreement. The debates in the novel weren't particularly interesting, Turgenev doesn't seem like he understands both generations that well.
I also don't understand what was the point to Bazarov dying.
Ending paragraph was stellar imo, I liked the duel between Pavel and Bazarov, but in general thought the book to be pretty boring with it coming together in last quarter. I would recommend Rudin over Fathers and Sons any day.
What are your thoughts? Do not "this isn't your blog" me.