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Favorite Dostoevsky book

Gottagetthrough posted 10/7/2020 18:45 PM

I loved crime and punishment

I hear there is one book thatís *the* best

Canít remember if itís Brothers Karamazov or the idiot.

outofsorts posted 10/7/2020 21:27 PM

The Brothers Karamazov is great! Interesting characters, interesting plots. I recommend it.

I caution you, however, to stay away from The Possessed (sometimes translated as Demons).

My feelings on the book seem to have changed a bit in that the longer it's been since I read it the more I hate it. But the first thing I thought of when I saw your post was "oh no, I must warn her not to read that horrible book!!!!".

Here is my initial review of The Possessed on Goodreads and then a followup review a few years later:


Original Review 8/10/10
To be honest I'm a bit unsure of how to rate this book. Parts of the story (and it was 700 pages) were plodding, boring, and incredibly tedious to get through. Other parts were suspenseful, fascinating, and extremely difficult to put down.

At times I was a few minutes away from putting the book down and not picking it up again..... But I always managed to keep reading it and am glad to have finished it.

Needless to say though, the book could have used an editor.

Edit - 6/1/13 - I just happened to be thinking of this book today. I was actually thinking of the worst books I've ever read and this one came to mind. I was incredibly surprised to see that I gave it a three star review as my only recollection of it is that it was so horribly long and boring. I have only the vaguest recollection of the plot and couldn't even remember if I'd finished the book. Interesting how all of my positive thoughts about the book have vanished. I wish I'd written a more detailed review of what they were!

[This message edited by outofsorts at 9:27 PM, October 7th (Wednesday)]

Thumos posted 10/7/2020 22:08 PM

The Brothers Karamazov hands down. Amazing.

leavingorbit posted 10/8/2020 08:14 AM

I would say The Idiot!

LosferWords posted 10/8/2020 12:46 PM

I got really tired of reading infidelity and self-help books, so I read War and Peace by Tolstoy and Crime and Punishment back-to-back as a strange act of rebellion. Crime and Punishment is the only Dostoevsky book I have ever read, and I found it compelling. I thought for its time it was an insightful view into the mind of a sociopath. I should read more of his stuff, but really enjoyed that book.

Gottagetthrough posted 10/8/2020 16:46 PM

Losferwords- I really liked crime and punishment!

My sister said the idiot was her favorite but Brothers Karamazov was easier because there were less people.

Um.... maybe I should get both! Thereís a two for one sale I saw, think Iíll get them!

siracha posted 10/21/2020 20:19 PM

For me - c and p the idiot and then the brothers in that order

sisoon posted 11/1/2020 13:13 PM

I don't see how anyone can associate 'favorite' with 'Dosto.'

Great writer, but I associate 'favorite book' with warm, happy feelings about having read it. I'm glad I read what I read, but ... the pain Dosto writes about pushes warm, happy feelings way into the background....

[This message edited by sisoon at 12:48 PM, November 3rd (Tuesday)]

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