First Love is Ivan Turgenev's most read novella. A group of people are looking for ways to pass the time (now they would all be on devices) and agree to tell each other stories about their first loves. A man of advanced years agrees to go first and tells us of his love, at age 16, for the daughter of a neighbor. First Love is just an amazing work, the remembered experiences are marvelously rendered. I would put it and his Faust and King Lear of the Steepes with the best of the works I have ever read, especially First Love. Seemingly simple, it is a story of great emotional depth and complexity. There is a scene in the story, readers will know it, that is overwhelming powerful.
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