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September Books 18) The Brothers Karamazov

18) The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Finally shamed into reading this by this meme, though it was also part of my 2006 reading resolutions.

Am I unusual in finding the grand sweeping philosophical monologues about the nature of God and Man very skimmable? Apart from the tendency of the characters to go into long diatribes reinforcing how each of the three (or four) brothers represents a different facet of personality, it's a fairly engaging story; the characters - and especially the small-town Russian setting - sketched vividly and memorably, and the plot accelerating towards the end to the conclusion. I was particularly taken with the story of the schoolboys which constitutes Book Ten of the narrative; I did wonder at first if it was going to turn out to be at all relevant to the conclusion, but in fact I think it does tie in very nicely to the last chapter.

Anyway, I'm glad that is over.


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Sep. 26th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
It's been a long time since I read Brothers Karamazov, but that's pretty much how I recall feeling at the end. And I love Dostoevsky, I really do, but that was a bit much for me.
Sep. 27th, 2006 01:07 pm (UTC)
Your unread books
Congratulations on actually having more unread books than I do; next time my partner gives me a hard time about the state of the to-read pile I might point him at that list.

I have or have read quite a few things on that list. I can heartily recommend Sailing to Sarantium and No Great Mischief as good books that take next to no time to read.
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