Children follow parents what when the reverse happens!!! That is the story plot..The novel is based on the real event of may day demonstration of factory workers at Sormov..Pelageya Nilovna was an ordinary woman married to a man working in a factory, evening she would be beaten brutally by her drunk husband ,after her husband's death villagers started gossiping that she would be relieved to have got rid of him.. After the death of her brutual husband life moves calmly in their household , though Pelageya was apprehensive about her fourteen year old son Pavel Vlassov getting drunk but she sooner realises that he is taking a different path... Working in factory Pavel learns the power of the working class and the injustice upon them.. Unlike other men who just get drunk, Pavel starts bringing like minded people as him ..the house turns out to be a hosting place for various reading sessions Pelageya starts to pay notice to whats been said and discussed and she is strangely feels attached to all of the proceedings..She is astonished to find about Natasha and Sasha comrades(both daughters of rich father ) who have abandoned everything for their cause...Pavel gets arrested and is sentenced exile to Siberia ..Pelageya is entrusted to distribute pamphlets to the workers thus getting completely involved in this movement ..she is addressed as comrade by a woman after a meetiing at her house at that moment she feels so proud...Though the end is tragic it leaves a mark in every way..
This novel brought out the inspirational role of a mother in a working class prior to the revolution..Every line is so poetic that I can read it any number of time..Extremely beautiful that I can't say enough of it...What captivated me was the awakening of the common man against the ruling class, the events that lead to the revolution itself ..The lives of workers in the factory where they are made to work to death., after a tiring day all they do is get drunk, beat up wife and children in the household..Their lives is nothing close to civilised life..They live poor,politically helpless, oppressed , and illiterate, when they die they die the same if not any less..