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The Storm   By: (1823-1886)

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The Storm by Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky is an enthralling play that captivates readers with its powerful themes and compelling characters. Set in 19th century Russia, the book paints a vivid picture of the tensions and conflicts that arise within a small provincial town.

The story revolves around the Lyubov Ranevskaya, a wealthy widow who returns to her childhood home, bringing with her a whirlwind of emotions and past secrets. As the storm approaches, symbolic of the internal turmoil and repressed desires of the characters, the stage is set for a gripping drama that explores themes of love, class, and societal expectations.

What makes this play truly remarkable is Ostrovsky's ability to delve deep into the complexities of human relationships. Each character is meticulously crafted with their own distinct desires, fears, and motivations. Lyubov Ranevskaya herself is torn between her aristocratic obligations and her forbidden love for the young and idealistic Lopakhin. Through their emotional struggles, Ostrovsky highlights the clash between tradition and progress, and the sacrifices one must make for personal happiness.

The dialogue in The Storm is sharp and poignant, revealing the characters' innermost thoughts and feelings. Ostrovsky's writing style is both evocative and poetic, using imagery and metaphors to enhance the emotional impact of every scene. The play unfolds with a steady pace, building suspense and tension as the storm approaches, ultimately culminating in a breathtaking climax.

Furthermore, this English translation of Ostrovsky's work excellently captures the depth and nuances of the original Russian text. The language is fluid and lyrical, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in the story and grasp the underlying social commentary that Ostrovsky offers.

Overall, The Storm is a timeless classic that showcases Ostrovsky's mastery of storytelling. It is a thought-provoking piece that explores the complexities of human nature and societal expectations. Rich in emotions and filled with unforgettable characters, this play is sure to leave a lasting impact on anyone who reads it.

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BY OSTROVSKY [Aleksandr Nicolaevich Ostrovsky]



Up to the years of the Crimean War Russia was always a strange, uncouth riddle to the European consciousness. It would be an interesting study to trace back through the last three centuries the evidence of the historical documents that our forefathers have left us when they were brought face to face, through missions, embassies, travel, and commerce, with the fantastic life, as it seemed to them, led by the Muscovite. But in any chance record we may pick up, from the reports of a seventeenth century embassy down to the narrative of an early nineteenth century traveller, the note always insisted on is that of all the outlandish civilisations, queer manners and customs of Europeans, the Russian's were the queerest and those standing furthest removed from the other nations'. And this sentiment has prevailed to day, side by side with the better understanding we have gained of Russia. Nor can this conception, generally held among us, which is a half truth, be removed by personal contact or mere objective study; for example, of the innumerable memoirs published on the Crimean war, it is rare to find one that gives us any real insight into the nature of the Russian... Continue reading book >>

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