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Vanhan ruhtinaan rakkaus (original 1859; edition 2005)

by F. M. Dostojevski, Juhani Konkka ((KÄÄnt.))

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A tale of a provincial family desperate to better itself through a marriage of their daughter. The old man is almost forced into a wedding that is expected to last for a short period before he dies and leaves his fortune to the young girl. But not everything is going as planned. The story provides an brilliant insight into the desperation, psychology, gossip, and rivalry of provincial merchants trying to better their position in life.… (more)
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Title:Vanhan ruhtinaan rakkaus
Authors:F. M. Dostojevski
Other authors:Juhani Konkka ((KÄÄnt.))
Info:[Helsinki] : Loisto : Gummerus, 2005.
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Uncle's Dream by Fyodor Dostoevsky (1859)

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I actually read this in Constance Garnett's translation. It describes the farce-like proceedings in a small Russian provincial town when an unscrupulous woman tries to trick a senile millionaire into marrying her daughter. Dostoyevsky is not well known for his comic writing and if you are looking for laugh out loud funny this is not for you. Nevertheless, it is worth persevering with for its strong dramatic scenes, its sense of a decadent society, but above all for the characterization. All his characters seem to be larger than life. ( )
  Jeffrey_Towey | Dec 28, 2019 |
This was a great novel by Dostoevsky. The set-up is key, as a prince is going to be lured into marrying a woman who is looking to make off with his money (and estate) while keeping her lover amidst her. However, complications arise and a fitting conclusion follows. I will not spoil the plot, as the book is quite worth reading, but this was one of the better Dostoevsky works that I have read. I was very surprised and enthusiastic the whole way through. This one is a page turner. The characters were deep and realistic in their psychological makeup and the plot was nuanced enough to follow but not lose track of. Dostoevsky and Russian literature enthusiasts, as well as those interested in classics, should pick up this one.

4.25 stars- well worth it! ( )
  DanielSTJ | Nov 11, 2019 |
An ambitious mother seeks to marry off her proud daughter to the senile but rich Prince K (who everyone expects to die within a few years). The problem is that the prince is rather absent-minded. He even forgets that he is tricked into a marriage proposal. Believing it to be a dream, he ignores the young lady and a scandal is on the way.

Who would have thought that Dostoevsky would write such a witty story? One humorous scene follows the other as this frail old man prone to forgetfulness frustrates the plans of his relatives. ( )
2 vote ctpress | Nov 11, 2015 |
Como pasa con los mejores vinos, con el tiempo, este escritor maduró y creó obras de gran talla literaria. Muchos de los temas que se tratan en esta novela se verian, también, en otras suyas como "Crimen y castigo". En ésta, particularmente, crea un ambiente entre Shakespeare y Calderón de la Barca, si bien llega a ser difícil de leer y, para mi gusto, increíblemente aburrida e insulsa. ( )
  arpashl | Jan 16, 2015 |
Como pasa con los mejores vinos, con el tiempo, este escritor maduró y creó obras de gran talla literaria. Muchos de los temas que se tratan en esta novela se verian, también, en otras suyas como "Crimen y castigo". En ésta, particularmente, crea un ambiente entre Shakespeare y Calderón de la Barca, si bien llega a ser difícil de leer y, para mi gusto, increíblemente aburrida e insulsa. ( )
  arpashl | Jan 16, 2015 |
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