Los hermanos Karamazov, Dostoevsky,
★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading
From Wikisource, The Brothers Karamazov is the last novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky, generally considered the culmination of his life’s work. Dostoevsky spent nearly two years writing The Brothers Karamazov, which was published as a serial in The Russian Messenger from Janurary 1879 to November 1880 (separate edition 1880). Dostoevsky intended it to be the first part in an epic story titled The Life of a Great Sinner, but he died fewer than four months after publication.
I have no idea how I am supposed to review this book, so I won’t. I’ll just leave a few impressions of it I’ve had.
- It was much much more engrossing and easy to read that I had anticipated.
- The atmosphere of the book is pure Dostoevsky, very very dense. There’s no small talk or any breathers.
- It reads like a detective novel. Even with a few departures, one feels compelled to read and know. It makes your heart pound.
- There’s a lot of epilepsy, mental illness, unstable characters, poverty, evil. And a lot of the opposite, love, courage, sound thinking, generosity, righteousness.
- Love relationships between men and women in this book are very turbulent, they fall into the love/hate, U2 With or Without You category.
- Dostoevsky was a fine observer and critic of his beloved Russia.
- I couldn’t believe that Voltaire and Candide are mentioned in this book!, and Tolstoy, Schiller, Shakespeare!
- Dostoevsky adds some stories within his story, which I enjoyed. He seems to write from within. There’s a lot of monologues and conversations, and succinct descriptions of the surroundings.
- Many may be (like I was), intimidated by the length and renown of this title, but, having read Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Gambler (one of his short stories), this was by far the easiest to read, and so far, my favorite.
- I’M A FAN!