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  •  Peter Ilyich also omitted much of the back.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ....story for Eugene Onegin in the opera, since he could assume that his contemporary Russian audience could fill in the back story for themselves.  100 years later, that's not automatically the case.  This is why audiences coming to the opera without reading the book see Onegin as a cold fish and a jerk, whereas if they'd read the novel beforehand, they'd understand why he's that way.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 05:39:57 PM PST

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