Home of the Gentry

[Dvorjanskoe gnezdo]
Year: 
1859
Type: 
Public: 
Publisher: 
Penguin
Year of publication: 
2007
Pages: 
298
Moral assessment: 
Type: Literature
Nothing inappropriate.
Some morally inappropriate content.
Contains significant sections contrary to faith or morals.
Contains some lurid passages, or presents a general ideological framework that could confuse those without much Christian formation.
Contains several lurid passages, or presents an ideological framework that is contrary or foreign to Christian values.
Explicitly contradicts Catholic faith or morals, or is directed against the Church and its institutions.
Literary quality: 
Recommendable: 
Transmits values: 
Sexual content: 
Violent content: 
Vulgar or obscene language: 
Ideas that contradict Church teaching: 
The rating of the different categories comes from the opinion of Delibris' collaborators

The author's second book, with autobiographical features, which deals with the Russian rural nobility of the nineteenth century and their dilemmas. Lavrietski is the hero of the story: a young nobleman, whose parents educated him according to the French theories of the time, resulting in a failed man. At the age of 26 he starts university, he does not know how to work or live in society. He falls in love, marries for love and goes on his honeymoon to Europe... but there he discovers that his wife is cheating on him, that she is a dazzling beauty with a cohort of admirers, a calculating, cold and bold woman, only interested in her money. He leaves her, returns humiliated and decides to retire to manage his properties. But then he meets the young and charming Liza, one of the great characters of Russian literature. Some news arrives about his wife's death: is a second happiness possible? The book has beautiful descriptions of the Russian land, but above all, it deals with how elusive human happiness is, even for those who live honestly.

Author: Jorge Gaspar, Portugal
Update on: Jun 2020