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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov (1880)

by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Title:The Brothers Karamazov
Authors:Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1880)

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Though originally intimidated, I found this to be very readable and looked forward to my daily time with it. I was challenged to read this by my daughter, who is in college, and developed a reading plan that allowed me to complete it in 2 weeks - 375,000 words according to Siri!

The story, about three very different brothers plus an illegitimate one, who have to share a father that is barely tolerable as a human being, moves along at a rapid pace over the period of a few months.

Philosophical discussions between the brothers are fascinating and enlightening. This is the meat of the book and worth returning to and to discuss with others.

Overall, I loved the book, though it was disturbing to know what the future of Russia looked like - the worst fears of the author times 1000!

The resolution is acceptable, but it is obvious this story is not done - though Dostoyevsky didn't live to continue it.

This Heritage edition is absolutely stunning. The Fritz Eichenberg illustrations perfectly illuminate the story and I appreciated them as a reward as I came across each one reading through this very long book. My Highest Recommendation! ( )
  BionicJim | Mar 1, 2019 |
What a book. A more coherent review coming. But what a book. I'm so glad I read it!!! ( )
  tntbeckyford | Feb 16, 2019 |
Really long. Wordy at times. Characters are overstated. A good book is one that causes contemplation of life, God and tribulations. This book does that galore. No wonder it is a true classic. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoyevsky's master piece. It is dense, philosophical, thrilling, wordy, and a thorough examination of human nature. Dostoyevsky's chief interest lies, as always, in exploring what drives people - their passions, loves, crimes, faith, greed, jealousy, zeal, and the whole gamut of human experiences. His tale is a complex family drama, a crime story, a passionate love story, a philosophical treatise on the necessity of God, and a treatise on psychology.

He wastes no words on describing time and place, but lavishes them on people. We are always following people meeting, talking, running about in fits of passion, expanding on complex ideas. Dostoyevsky has a gift of conveying character via dialogue - everyone has a different style of speech, varying even by context. The dialogue almost jumps off the page with authenticity - even though my translation was kind of awkward, I could see the incoherent speech patterns of someone who was drunk or was in a frenzy, the switching of context when one was distracted.

In addition of dialogue, many characters have a tendency to give speeches and rants. I confess I had a hard time reading the first part of the book, especially the long treatises about the existence of God and the power play of the church in using religion to keep them in servitude. I find those subjects fascinating, but the rants were repetitive and went on way too long. I also had a hard time getting through everyone's background - there are a myriad characters - and the thorough descriptions of their meetings and their conversations, and every little detail of their faces, gestures, changes of mood.

However, in the second half, all of these details became important. Almost everything we have seen from one point of view, is thrown into a different light by re-examining it from another.

The second half of the books is taken up by the crime and trial of Dmitri, the oldest Karamazov brother. He insists he did not kill his father - but he spent the past month making everyone believe that he would kill his father, and the evening of the crime mounting evidence against himself. Much of the brilliance of the book comes during the trial - where all facts are examined from different points of view. Dostoyevsky is most interested in the psychology of the murder and the behavior or the accused and the witnesses - and gives a thorough and creditable account of Dmitri's mind at the time from both the prosecution and the defense's point of view. What makes it so brilliant is that both are completely credible - but neither are the complete truth. He gives us the truth, too - and yet we know that no one believes the real truth, and it is impossible to believe it, too, because the only witness is dead, and all evidence points to Dmitri's guilt.

This is an incredible novel. It is hard work - but completely worth it at the end. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
I was a little disappointed with this book. I felt like it took awhile for anything to really happen and it went off on tangents, focusing on new characters that didn't really having anything to do with the story. It was frustrating and the end wasn't very satisfying. ( )
  Katie80 | Oct 8, 2018 |
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Dostoevsky, Fyodorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Anhava, MarttiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bazzarelli, EridanoForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brockway, HarryIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davidson, FrederickNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eichenberg, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eng, Jan van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fondse, MarkoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garnett, ConstanceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geier, SwetlanaÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kosloff, A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langeveld, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacAndrew, Andrew H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magarshack, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Maugham, W. SomersetEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McDuff, DavidIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mochulsky, KonstantinIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mongault, HenriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nötzel, KarlTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pevear, RichardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Polledro, AlfredoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Prina, SerenaEditor and Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pyykkö, LeaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sales, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vance, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Volokhonsky, LarissaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Verily, verily, I say unto, you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringth forth much fruit.
— John 12:24
Tillägnas Anna Grigorjevna Dostojevskaja
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Anna Grigorievna Dostoevsky
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Alexey Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his tragic and obscure death, which happened just thirteen years ago, and of which I shall speak in its proper place. (Garnett, 1912)
Aleksei Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, a landowner of our district, extremely well known in his time (and to this day still remembered in these parts) on account of his violent and mysterious death exactly thirteen years ago, the circumstances of which I shall relate in due course. (Avsey 1994)
Alexey Fyodorovitch Karamazov was the third son of Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamazov, a landowner well known in our district in his own day, and still remembered among us owing to his gloomy and tragic death, which happened thirteen years ago, and which I shall describe in its proper place. (Garnett, Great Books, 1952)
Alexei Fyodorovich Karamazov was the third son of a landowner from our district, Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov, well known in his own day (and still remembered among us) because of his dark and tragic death, which happened exactly thirteen years ago and which I shall speak of in its proper place. (Pevear/Volokhonsky, 1990)
Very well then - tell me the truth, squash me like a cockroach.
In schools children are a tribe without mercy.
(McDuff, 1993)
I have, as it were, torn my soul in half before you, and you have taken advantage of it and are rummaging with your fingers in both halves along the torn place...O God!
(McDuff, 1993)
I'm a Karamazov - when I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up . . . 
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Tre fratelli con caratteri molto diversi: uno orgoglioso e sensuale, uno razionale fino all'eccesso e uno sinceramente religioso; un figlio illegittimo malato ed emarginato ed un padre avaro e crudele, odiato e disprezzato da tutti.
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Sad Russian people
griping about God and stuff.
Wish Dad was still here.

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The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.

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The violent lives of three sons are exposed when their father is murdered and each one attempts to come to terms with his guilt.

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