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The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Gambler (1867)

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Great read
  JoshSapan | May 29, 2019 |
A book I bought and read many years ago, when I went to university. This book was part of the reading list and I enjoyed it a lot. Not sure as to when exactly I read it, I add a fictional date, that lies in that period. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Mar 27, 2018 |
I read this as a preparation for seeing the opera version by Prokofiev. The story deals with a tutor, Alexis, who discovers the compulsion of gambling in a casino in Germany. I found it somewhat boring since none of the characters are interesting except for the grandmother. She goes hog-wild for gambling and gambles away a major fortune. ( )
  M_Clark | Mar 12, 2016 |
As typical of Dostoyevsky, a very good novel. A good look at gamblers; though the novel doesn't truly cover gambling as much as I thought it might - given Dostoyevsky's gambling nature. Working as a dealer in a casino I definitely identify (through customers) the habits, mindsets, and thoughts of 'the gambler'. The novel only details roulette and doesn't go into the numerous other games (blackjack, craps, etc), but it's still poignant - perhaps moreso with it being jut roulette which is even more 'chance based' than say blackjack, or pai gow, or Mini-Bac, etc.It's a short, good novel(la?) that shows how gamblers are, how we all gamble on love/life/money/etc, and the ability for any person - sane person or otherwise - to get caught up in the thrill of gambling, or love. Addendum - (edit add) - I will say the proposed outline sounds more interesting than the novel turned out to be, but thats not truly a bashing on the novel, just a thought and notice. ( )
  BenKline | Dec 21, 2015 |
I was disappointed by this short book. Unlike other short works such as Notes from the Underground and The Ridiculous Man, which were witty, concise and often incredibly entertaining, The Gambler seemed dated and routine.

On a positive note, the grandmother's character's was a highlight, and sections on the appeal of the roulette wheel were well done. Nonetheless, the majority of characters were simply not particularly engaging, nor was the story line memorable.

A decent read, however Dostoevsky has many far better works. ( )
  la2bkk | Oct 14, 2013 |
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Aplin, HughTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Glas, PeterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The Gambler brilliantly captures the strangely powerful compulsion to bet that Dostoyevsky, himself a compulsive gambler, knew so well. The hero rides an emotional roller coaster between exhilaration and despair, and secondary characters such as the Grandmother, who throws much of her fortune away at the gaming tables, are unforgettable. The book's publishing history is equally so: Under the pressure of a deadline from an unscrupulous publisher, and with rights to his entire oeuvre at stake, Dostoyevsky dictated the book in less than a month to the star pupil of Russia's first shorthand school. Then he married her.

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"In this short novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky tells the story of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young tutor working in the household of an imperious Russian general. Alexey tries to break through the wall of the established order in Russia, but instead becomes mired in the endless downward spiral of betting and loss. His intense and inescapable addiction is accentuated by his affair with the General's cruel yet seductive niece, Polina. In The Gambler, Dostoevsky reaches the heights of drama with this psychological portrait."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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