A wonderful book! It tells you a story of a meek, submissive, afraid woman, who gradually finds her identity and her truth, through her love for her son. The mother of a revolutionary becomes a revolutionary. The son is the ideal protagonist an author could sketch, but its simply delightful that Gorki puts the charismatic son on a back burner, and puts the dull, aged, tired mother in the spot light! This book has two main threads - self discovery and understanding truth; and socialism or the class distinction and oppression of the poor. Its set in Russia and it tells you the abject poverty and misery, the Russians lived through. It tells you why there is so much of Socialist influence in Russia. Even though it deals with revolutionary ideas, the book no where becomes preachy. It maintains its sweet simplicity, like the Mother, throughout the length of the story. You obviously foresee the end of the book, but somehow, you don't weep, but you rejoice for the final bravery of this once feeble, frightened, village woman. Worth a read. A thorough classic.