Rarely have I read something where a teenage is this well drawn. That in itself is really impressive. Though it feels less consequential than The Possessed, I liked this better as the hysterical (in two ways) behaviour of the characters seems more believable. His usual tricks are on full display here. Everyone talks a ton, nobody can control themselves, and so on. It doesn't want to make me live in the Russia of that time, but how understands people better than Fyo?