Thursday, January 9, 2014
Eugene Onegin: Chapters 1 and 2
My first reaction, as I haven't read many (any?) novels in verse, is that it's almost making me read faster than I want to--the rhythm is carrying me along with it, and I'm having to go back, sometimes, and reread some lines to clarify. Not that it's difficult at all; but the rhythm gives it a rather lighthearted feel, as if even things like Eugene's coldness about his uncle's death aren't supposed to really get us down. I wonder how the tragic events later in the story will come across?
First impressions of Eugene? A rake; a young, wealthy, jaded, man-about-town.
What do you make of the narrator's commentary? An old man looking back on his youth, reminiscing about this Eugene with fondness.
Thoughts on the characters sketched out in Chapter 2? I'm very interested in Tatiana. I know from the back cover of the book, lol, that Eugene will seduce her. But rather than a young innocent girl who will be easy pickings for Eugene the jaded rake, she looks like one who has had a lot of life experience and learned from it.