Fyodor Dostoevsky..any thoughts?

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    Apr 02, 2008 2:37 PM GMT
    Im not really sure how many avid readers we have here at RJ, but recently ive been into Fyodor's works. I read Crime and Punishment over new years eve and now im planning on reading The Brothers Karamazov.

    any thoughts on the author or his works? any criticisms? I havent had the chance to talk about his book with anyone since most of friends dont read or have not read his book, and its nice to discuss books or join a book club i think.
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    Apr 02, 2008 2:51 PM GMT
    Dostoevsky is a phenomenal writer.

    I loved Crime and Punishment. I read this book with the crib notes... helps to give insight. It was a total thriller and a very interesting prob into the protagonist's mind.

    I read "The Idiot"... not to thrilled about it. It was like the whole story was a narration. It kinda lost me.

    Brother's Karamazov...It's said that this is his crowing jewel. You need a lot of time to go through it. It's an interesting story and has some poignet religious moments too.
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    Apr 02, 2008 3:02 PM GMT
    I'm reading The Idiot right now and absolutely love it. I've also read The Brothers Karamazov and plan to do so in the near future. I've read portions of Crime and Punishment and had to translate them into English for my Russian class, but I wasn't really into it (probably because it was such a difficult task). I would like to read that book as well.

    Dostoevsky espouses very interesting things in The Idiot, including views on capital punishment and religion. I keep folding back pages to re-read in the future. I also love the high drama with people getting drunk, attempting suicide at a birthday party, stealing from each other, and having huge chapter-long arguments.
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    Apr 02, 2008 3:07 PM GMT
    I must admit I found "Crime and Punishment" hard to get through. I think it is the translation from Russian that makes it more difficult. Also I find the Russian habit of the same person being called different names confusing. The second half was more enjoyable than the first half. I have "The Idiot" and the "The Brothers Karamazov" on my book shelf so eventually I will get around to them.

    Now "War and Peace" was a truly amazing novel. One of my all time favourites.
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    Apr 02, 2008 3:49 PM GMT
    jbedwards saidI must admit I found "Crime and Punishment" hard to get through. I think it is the translation from Russian that makes it more difficult. Also I find the Russian habit of the same person being called different names confusing. The second half was more enjoyable than the first half. I have "The Idiot" and the "The Brothers Karamazov" on my book shelf so eventually I will get around to them.

    Now "War and Peace" was a truly amazing novel. One of my all time favourites.


    The different names confused me as well, and im pretty sure i butchered many of the pronunciations :S

    I did not find it that hard, the book i got was an excellent translation...named one of the best translations for the book, i forgot the translators names though
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    Apr 02, 2008 3:50 PM GMT
    neon4u saidDostoevsky is a phenomenal writer.

    I loved Crime and Punishment. I read this book with the crib notes... helps to give insight. It was a total thriller and a very interesting prob into the protagonist's mind.

    I read "The Idiot"... not to thrilled about it. It was like the whole story was a narration. It kinda lost me.

    Brother's Karamazov...It's said that this is his crowing jewel. You need a lot of time to go through it. It's an interesting story and has some poignet religious moments too.


    thriller is the right word! i got to a point where i started thinking like the main character and i found myself imitating his way of writing in my blogs, it was so weird, but then agian, reading it in two days doesnt help