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The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky
Four brothers reunite in their hometown in Russia. The oldest, Dimitri, has just returned from a stint in the military, and he wants to claim an inheritance from his mother that is being held in his father's hands. Dimitri and his father argue and call two other brothers, Ivan and Alyosha, to resolve the fight. The fourth brother, Smerdyakov, is an illegitimate child who suffers from epileptic seizures. He is relegated to servitude in the father's house but enjoys discussing philosophy with Ivan. The murder of their father forces the brothers to question their beliefs about each other, religion, and morality. Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky first published his dynastic novel in serial form from 1879 to 1880. This unabridged version is taken from the 1912 translation by Constance Garnett.
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Librarybelle
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One of these days I‘ll get to this classic...

#HeAintHeavyHesMyBrother #RedRoseSeptember

arlenefinnigan I tried to read this. Bailed after 3 months. 1mo
Librarybelle @arlenefinnigan Good to know! 1mo
Lcsmcat A voice for the other side - I loved it. Check out the #myvodkabromance comments from an old buddy read before you decide not to read it. 1mo
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Librarybelle I do plan to read it, @Lcsmcat ...one of these days! Thanks for the hashtag; I will definitely check out the comments. I enjoy reading Russian literature, so I‘m looking forward to it! 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s worth it!! 1mo
BookishJess I‘ve read it and absolutely loved it. I do recommend the translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky though! 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks for the recommendation, @BookishJess ! 1mo
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EricJames1
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Mehso-so

I am half-way but I only feel compelled to read this because it‘s my brothers favorite novel. I tend to notice in many novels things only get good after the half-way mark. I would hope that I have no regrets having spent my time reading this. We shall see. Let me know if you‘ve read any of Dostoevsky‘s works and what you thought!

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Book #52: After reading Crime and Punishment I became a big fan of Dostoyevsky, an I found that this book read a lot like Crime and Punishment, which is the reason why I liked it so much. I probably would put this on my personal must read list but Crime and Punishment is already on the list and I thought that Crime and Punishment was a much better...

http://dinojim.blogspot.com/2006/09/the-306-greatest-books-52-brothers.html

#100greatestbooks

EricJames Almost halfway 1mo
Jazinator Keep going! I really enjoyed it but im a fan of Russian lit in general. 4w
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raeintheworld
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I finally finished this book flower wreath. It‘s been half-finished for ages, and I feel a huge sense of accomplishment now that it‘s finished.

Julsmarshall Lovely! 3mo
Eggs I do love this!! 3mo
JazzFeathers 😍 3mo
CrowCAH Beautiful! 😍 2mo
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Is it bad that this novel about a group of brothers murdering their father is the first thing that sprang to mind in response to the #fatherfigures prompt? #riotgrams

(It‘s about time I reread this, and I‘m thinking of trying a newer translation.)

EricJames Oh crap spoiler alert lol 1mo
twohectobooks @EricJames this edition actually reveals that on the back cover—it‘s really more about the journey with this book though. 1mo
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fyoDosty07
Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky

"...the mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for, man would refuse to live, would rather exterminate himself than remain on this earth, even if bread were scattered all around him."

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MySharonaK
Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoyevsky

‘I exist.‘ In thousands of agonies-I exist.

Trashcanman , beautiful. 5mo
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tournevis
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Episode 4.3, a great A-story with Brent Spiner killing it playing 3 roles (hamming it up playing Lore, what fun!) and a forgettable B-story that only exists to have the other cast have something to do that week.

I find stories about brothers the height of boredome. We've seen it all, it's all been said. By now, maybe (male) authors should just collectivally agree to go to therapy and save us the repetition.

#startreksummermay @day5 #brothers

Megabooks Oh yeah, the subplot was lame, but Brent‘s a genius! I rarely read men writing about other men, but the two books I pictured were an exception. Sometimes there‘s a good one. My record for avoiding male writers is three months! I figured I was making up for my public school education where I only read white, straight, cisgender (usually dead) men. Kentucky in the 80s and 90s was even worse than now! 6mo
tournevis @Megabooks TBH, I don't think Québec in the 1980s was any better. My first woman author in school was Gabrielle Roy in 1989, my first year out of secondary school. 6mo
Megabooks @tournevis I think there was a lot of fear that, if the teachers didn‘t teach Dickens and Hawthorne, etc., there would be protests from parents. My county was 9% black, 2% Hispanic, and 6mo
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twohectobooks I actually really enjoy brother stories! I guess maybe I haven‘t read as many of them as you have, because I usually find there‘s something interesting or different in each one. 6mo
tournevis @Megabooks Shocking! 😋 In secondary 4th, we did a contemporary play on the various meaning of love. My teacher assigned me the role of the lesbian, which was promptly censored by the nuns who ran the place. I protested so loudly, I was almost expelled. They relented when I said they had to let me right my monologue. Which I did. On an abandoned elderly woman and her cat. 🤬 6mo
tournevis @Megabooks *write* I also said I'd go to the papers. 6mo
tournevis @twohectobooks Some are good, I guess, but they are so similar. Dissapointed brothers. Missing brothers. Distant brothers. Unknown brothers. Yada yada. How many jealous, combative and covetous brothers stories does the world really need? 6mo
Megabooks @tournevis That is fantastic!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
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The Brothers Karamazov is part spiritual inquiry and part murder mystery. The main characters are Fyodor Karamazov, a cruel and greedy man, and his three sons: Dmitri, Ivan, and Aloysha. The is a fantastic story though it gets bogged down with too much detail at times and it takes a bit to get used to the unfamiliar names. I really think it‘s the kind of book that requires more than one reading to absorb its subtle brilliance.

Demibom A classic👌 (edited) 6mo
suvata @Demibom I can see why. 6mo
Demibom When my book was ranked right next to it on Amazon for classics, I print-screened it and now I like to look at it from time to time, just to remind myself that my writing is good:) 6mo
suvata @Demibom Nice! 6mo
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I plan on finishing these three books by the end of the month. #ICanDoIt #IThink

RadicalReader You‘ll do great 6mo
suvata @RadicalReader 👍🏼 6mo
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I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting! Very long but easier to get through than I feared. Heavy and full of philosophy and anguish but I can‘t say I wasn‘t prepared for that! Surprisingly funny in places, and the characters were very realistic and complex, though some of them were realistic and complex total tits. Looking at you Dimitri. This was everything I wanted from a c19 Russian doorstop novel, I loved how much it made me think.

Theaelizabet Do you know which translation it is? 6mo
Emilymdxn @Theaelizabet Constance Garnett, tho I‘ve got to say I know next to nothing about Russian translators so I have no idea if that‘s a good or bad thing! 6mo
Theaelizabet Oh, I don‘t know much either, but I‘m trying to learn more! I think Garnett is fine, a classic. I read The Pevear/Volokhonsky (I hope I‘ve spelled them correctly) version of BK and always thought I‘d like to read it again in a different translation....someday ;) 6mo
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Vivlio_Gnosi
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A long, rambling Russian novel. It's saving grace is the court room finale.
I don't see how Dostoevsky presents an argument against the existence of God. If he does, clearly I'm not smart enough to catch it.
A sad tale with confusing emotional reactions to circumstances.

EricJames Haha it is melodramatic for sure. I‘m almost half way done and decided that the only way to enjoy it is to just realize it‘s a philosophical essay with the outer shell of a narrative so it could attempt to sell copies; being a hybrid, it got rave reviews for being wise lol 1mo
EricJames Please explain to me why you and I feel compelled to read a book based on prestige rather than entertainment. Are the vocabulary and insights interspersed really more valuable than the wellcrafted, well planned plots in more exciting, emotional, memorable reads? 1mo
Vivlio_Gnosi Possibly the thrill of the challenge coupled with the satisfaction of accomplishment? #HumbleBrag 4w
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Vivlio_Gnosi
Brothers Karamazov (Revised) | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

"He is an epileptic chicken"

Well then, that's one way to put it.

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Vivlio_Gnosi
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Less than 100 pages to go....
#PowerThrough #SoClose #GreenvilleSC

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Taylor
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So. Much. Better. Than. “The Idiot.”

I also found that with this translation (Pevear and Volokhonsky) it moves at a wonderfully energetic pace that feels modern; the ideologies brought up are still compelling and relevant; the plot is gripping and easy to follow; the whole work is an entertainment.

“The Brothers Karamazov” is totally accessible. It really doesn‘t deserve its reputation as a book to be intimidated by. Give it a shot.

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Taylor
The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky

There is no more ceaseless or tormenting care for man, as long as he remains free, than to find someone to bow down to as soon as possible.

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ashrayreads
The Karamazov Brothers | Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ignat Avsey
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And it's done. #24in48 🎉🎉🎉
Wasn't able to finish The Karamazov Brothers, still 100 pages left😅

TheBookHippie Yay!!!! 9mo
ashrayreads Congrats to you too!!! 9mo
parttimedomestic So good! Congrats! 🎉 9mo
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ashrayreads
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Coffee time. Feeling sleepy but just 5 and a half hour left. Still seems possible #24in48

RaimeyGallant Nice work! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 9mo
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ashrayreads Thank you 😊😊 9mo
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ashrayreads
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Bookshelfie #24in48
I hope to finish at least the Karamazov Brothers, which I picked up in the middle as I had already been reading it for a couple of months. It would be great if I could finish 2 more of these.
I have got some e-books and audio books lined up too :)

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ashrayreads
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Another book I had been reading for some time.
Just done with hour 2 of #24in48
My strategy right now is to keep rotating the books every hour if I get bored with reading it.
Continuing with this for another hour.

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He knew about ppl so well ♥️

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LauraBytheBook
Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Classic book haul! These were in today‘s mail!

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Such a strong sentiment.

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Ke633
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Cheers, my dears!! 🍾🍾🥂🥂 hope everyone is having a happy New Year‘s Day! 💙💙 This is my Christmas book haul that I meant to post earlier. 🤦🏼‍♀️ I hope everyone has a happy and blessed 2019! Read On! ✊🏼

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JLaurenceCohen
Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

You will like it better the second time you read it. Dostoyevsky achieves the rare feat of using his characters to conduct philosophical and theological debates while investing them with deep humanity.

Nute I am enjoying these mini book reviews of yours. They are brief yet informative, precise, full-bodied and elegant. I‘m so happy that you discovered Litsy! 10mo
JLaurenceCohen @Nute thanks! 10mo
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kspenmoll Looks like my house but we have 2 cats! 💕 11mo
Samplergal Us too! But we have Rachel Maddow on the tv! (edited) 11mo
RobinW A perfect way to spend the night. 11mo
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Lcsmcat
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I wish someone paid me to read! #librarian #quotsynov18 @TK-421

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1. The dramatic sky this evening
2. Two
3. Since about two minutes ago
4. Yes
5. The one that looms large is the Brothers Karamazov. It was a long slog relieved by moments of brilliance. A reread made me fall in love with Crime and Punishment and I was hoping the same would happen with this one. Not so.
#humpdaypost @MinDea

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Jake_Up
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Crazy fun book. Would highly recommend for the quirky polarizing characters.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Whoa! I don‘t know how to review this magnificent, dense, philosophical novel, but I‘m pleased to have embarked on this journey with my buddy readers. It took some time for me to really get into it, with so much ramblings and pointless conversations earlier on but eventually things fell into place, I was engrossed in their drama, and I particularly enjoyed the trial. I find this to be a great translation, and yes, more Dostoevsky, pls! 🙋‍♀️🧐🤯😄

erzascarletbookgasm Psst..next up, The Idiot? 😁 13mo
saresmoore Yes, The Idiot, next! 13mo
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emilyhaldi Yay you did it!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I'm hankering to read C&P now 🤗 13mo
batsy Moaaaarrrr Dosty? Yes please 😁 13mo
Cathythoughts I‘d love the Brothers Karamazov someday ... Well done & congratulations! You did it 🎉 13mo
kathedron I'm surely due for a re-read of The Idiot! 13mo
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emilyhaldi
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976 pages, 2 translations, 6 weeks, and copious amounts of google-spark-note-analysis later, I'm done! I wish I could spend a day inside the complex mind of Dostoevsky bc damn, there was quite a lot of shit going down in there 😜🤯

I'm using this for #booked2018 #blameitonlitsy bc if not for the #myvodkabromance crew I never would have glanced at this book!

Reviewsbylola So was it worth it?? I am SO impressed!! 13mo
saresmoore Yeah, you did it! 🙌🤪 13mo
Pamwurtzler I‘m impressed!! 👏 👏 13mo
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Mdargusch I‘m glad you made it through! I don‘t think I would ever attempt it. 13mo
LiteraryinLititz You rock! 13mo
TheBee Wohoo! 🎖 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 Wohoo! I‘m getting there! 😁 13mo
Cinfhen Way to go!!!! Congrats 🤗🤗 13mo
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻🍾 13mo
LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
Kalalalatja 👏👏👏 Yay you! 13mo
BarbaraBB Well done! I envy your courage, I didn‘t dare joining 😊 13mo
Simona 👏👏👏Congrats 🥂 13mo
4thhouseontheleft Congrats on finishing this tome! 👏👏👏 13mo
Bookzombie Congratulations! 13mo
Faibka Yay! 🙌 Such an amazing book 13mo
batsy Yessss! 🙌🏽 13mo
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Erm, yeah, I‘m still reading this. It won‘t be long now, I think I‘m able to complete it by month end, after all. 😆
Enjoying my journey, wish I could keep on reading and neglect my family.
#myvodkabromance

Lcsmcat Take your time and enjoy the prose! No need to rush Dostoyevsky. 13mo
saresmoore Families are so needy... 😒 13mo
emilyhaldi I‘m hoping to finish this today!! 🙏🏻 13mo
batsy @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm Haha! Oh, families (in books and in life) 13mo
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emilyhaldi
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800 pages in and I'm finally at a point where I don't want to put this thing down!

In regards to my new reading buddy... my husband and I found her on the side of the road last weekend and have been unable to let her go. It seems that little Winks is here to stay as my new reading buddy 😻

Zelma Congratulations on the new family member. So cute! 😻 13mo
Lauram 😻What a lucky little cat! 13mo
Soubhiville Awwww, baby! Congrats she‘s so cute! 13mo
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AlaMich She is stinkin‘ adorable!! 😻 13mo
Librariana Bless you and your husband's sweet souls for rescuing her! 13mo
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LeahBergen Eeee!! She‘s darling! 13mo
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I won‘t presume to review Dostoyevsky, but I‘ll just leave this quote here and say, Thanks for the journey. #myvodkabromance

emilyhaldi You did it!! 🙌🏻 13mo
saresmoore I love it! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I just saw this post. 👏 💫 13mo
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Lcsmcat
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“The visitor's check trousers were of excellent cut, but were too light in color and too tight for the present fashion. His soft fluffy white hat was out of keeping with the season.”
Why is the devil always wearing checked pants in Russian lit? The Master and Margarita did this also, so I don‘t think it‘s an issue of the fashion of the day.
#myvodkabromance

GingerAntics Checked pants? That‘s certainly interesting. 13mo
saresmoore Perhaps Bulgakov was borrowing from Dostoevsky? 13mo
Lcsmcat @saresmoore Maybe so. I tried asking Professor Google, but the images that come up for Russian devil checked pants are not safe for work! 13mo
saresmoore Oh goodness! Hahaha! 13mo
emilyhaldi Lol 13mo
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batsy
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I finished this at the end of August but haven't found the words to review it. But as I was telling @saresmoore it's probably not my place to review Dostoevsky; I should just worship him 😅🙌🏽 Through the story of the patriarch Fyodor Karamazov & his sons Dmitry, Ivan & Aleksei, Dostoevsky has captured an entire zeitgeist concerning the Russian spirit & nature & the national question. It's like all of Dosty's questions about life are in here. ⬇️

batsy I prefer C&P in terms of how the mood & atmosphere & sense of dread are perfectly sustained; in comparison, this tale is more unwieldy. It is like taking the long way home with an unexpected companion who appears out of nowhere & then realising that the journey didn't take you home at all but to a strange enchanted place. Faith, reason, & God—I am amazed by how much I learn from Dosty each time. I feel like I meet a new version of me in each book. 13mo
batsy My biggest issue with this one was the chauvinist portrayal of women. I was holding out hope that at least one of them, especially Lise, would break out of the box he put them in. Has there been a Russian female writer with a response to this book? I would love to read that. But until that book comes to be, I'll just continue talking back to Dostoevsky; admiring him & making heart eyes, but also complaining very loudly ❤️ #MyVodkaBromance
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Libby1 Perfect perfect perfect review, @batsy . 13mo
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batsy @Libby1 Thank you! ❤️ 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, Suba, love your review! Beautifully sum up! 👌 Is there such thing as a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review? 13mo
sudi Great review @batsy 👏👏👏 13mo
LeeRHarry Colossal effort - Legend! 😊 13mo
saresmoore Yes, you‘ve captured it exactly! What a disappointment in the last conversation with Lise. I would also like to read a female response to this book, or even Dostoevsky in general. I‘m reading Les Mis now and that good old Christian patriarchy is bubbling up again in submissive female characters. Le sigh. 13mo
Graywacke Congrats Batsy. Great posts here. 13mo
Mdargusch This review almost has me wanting to read this book. Almost. 🙃 maybe someday when I‘m not committed to so many book clubs. 13mo
Cathythoughts Wonderful review 💫💫💫 13mo
Simona 👌review! 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I ❤️him too!! 13mo
emilyhaldi Great review. There is so much to unpack in this book!! The big D is a fascinating man to be sure. I‘m looking forward to getting back to reading this sometime this week 🤞🏻 13mo
batsy @saresmoore That's really something that's harder to read past as time goes on, isn't it? And I found that in C&P the women were much more three-dimensional and complex. 13mo
batsy @Mdargusch Haha, I know that feeling! Too many books and I change my mind on a daily basis on which ones to prioritise 😆 13mo
batsy @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yay! He's definitely one of my favs 💜 13mo
batsy @emilyhaldi Thank you! Yup, I don't know if I have it in me to read it again 😂 but there are certain passages I could see myself revisiting over and over... 13mo
BarbaraBB What a great review, thank you 😘 13mo
LeahBergen Wonderfully reviewed! 13mo
rohit-sawant Stunning review! 🙌🏻 13mo
batsy @BarbaraBB Thank you so much 😘 13mo
batsy @LeahBergen @rohit-sawant Thank you, guys!! 13mo
Centique Gorgeous review. 😍I‘m definitely going to try Dostoevsky again (I gave up on The Idiot last year - I was enjoying it but I just didn‘t have the patience to see it through at the time) Thanks for the motivation! 13mo
batsy @Centique Thank you ❤️ He is an author who demands so much, that's true. If I'm going to read him I know I have to be in the right frame of mind :) 13mo
Tanisha_A Madame, no news of my parcel yet? I sent it via Book Depository! 😶 It got dispatched almost 12 days back! 13mo
batsy @Tanisha_A Oh, thank you! 😍 Don't worry, Book Depository always takes a minimum of 14 days to get here. Sometimes it's fast, sometimes up to a month (or more 😬). I will be sure to let you know when it arrives! 13mo
Tanisha_A @batsy Okay, that helps! ☺ Hope it doesn't take a month! 13mo
andrew61 It's a long time since I read crime and punishment and this has always been a book i want to read so im really encouraged by your great review. If i do another classics challenge next year i may add it. 13mo
batsy @andrew61 oh, I'm excited to hear that! Absolutely worth reading but I will say this about Dostoevsky anyway 😁 13mo
Faibka Yes! 👏 Dostoevsky is a force of Nature and you‘ve distilled the essence of the book beautifully 💕 “I feel like I meet a new version of myself in each book” exactly!!! Love this!!! 13mo
batsy @Faibka Thank you for your kind words 🙂 Force of nature, indeed! Love sharing my appreciation of him with fellow fans 💕 13mo
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The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Madame Hohlakov cracks me up. #myvodkabromance

saresmoore She is quite the character! 13mo
batsy I loved this bit too 😂 13mo
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The Karamazov Brothers | Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ignat Avsey
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I finished this epic family saga today—the perfect light summer read, right? I don‘t really know how to review such a classic. Dostoevsky‘s writing is masterful and insightful to a level of genius. His self-awareness shines in this one, with characters bent on self-destruction, a wide breadth of spiritual musing, intellectual acuity, and powerful polemics throughout. 👇 #MyVodkaBromance

saresmoore I didn‘t enjoy reading this as much as I did Crime & Punishment, but I know I gained just as much from the experience. My very favorite part was the dialogue with Satan. I almost wish the book had ended there, although the closing monologue of the defense attorney in the trial was also pretty excellent. Lots of rambling among deplorable characters, however, and not a lot of redemption. Still, this is an amazing work. 13mo
Graywacke Definitely not a like summer read, but certainly an accomplishment. Good job! (I agree, C&P is way more reader friendly, this more philosophical - coded philosophy since it was written under crazy tight censorship) 13mo
saresmoore @Graywacke The censorship is an excellent point to consider. I really appreciated good footnotes to help me read between the lines a bit. I also compared a couple of translations to help decode even further, but I still think I‘ll be thinking about it for a while! 13mo
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Billypar Is the Satan conversation part of the story with The Grand Inquisitor that Ivan tells? That's the only part I remember clearly because we read it as an excerpt in a college philosophy course. It definitely motivated me to read the entire thing....wish I remembered more of it though! 13mo
LeahBergen Yay, you‘re done! And you best get out of the sun before you freckle. 😆 13mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen Too late! But seriously, I got my ten minutes of sun, then moved to the shade. ☂️ 13mo
saresmoore @Billypar Ivan has a conversation with Satan that is mostly delirium/hallucination—we think—right before the trial. I am a sucker for a good personified adversary! The whole book would be a great philosophy study. 13mo
batsy You summed it up beautifully! I'm still not sure how to review it but I am realising that one can't review the big D, one just pays obeisance. Ivan's Satan delirium is one of the best things about the book! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I think you reviewed it excellently and I agree about this being more philosophical than C&P, even though I‘m merely 40% into it, but I‘m not intimidated. The magnificent D is deep. (edited) 13mo
Suet624 Congratulations on finishing. That‘s no small feat. 13mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Thank you! Ellie was unimpressed, but Lucy made me a batch of celebratory Paleo chocolate chip cookies. 😊 13mo
Suet624 Have I mentioned I‘ve never made a batch of cookies. Four children and no homemade cookies. Sigh. 13mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I think there are more important aspects of motherhood than cookies! You set an example of so much more than domesticity. ♥️♥️♥️ 13mo
Suet624 I finally came up with independence, tenacity, political rabble-rousing, and pushing through adversity. I think that‘s what I offered rather than cookies. 🤩😍 and they really did like the discount Grand Union cookies a lot so I‘ll let myself off the hook.. 😀👏🏼 13mo
saresmoore @Suet624 I think that deserves a “Hell yeah!” 😍🙌💪 13mo
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The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Seemed an appropriate pairing. 🍷📚 Think I‘ll finish the book or the bottle first? 🙃

#MyVodkaBromance #MyMalbecObsession

saresmoore And yes, I realize that the wine refers to the Argentine revolution and also that this book predates the Russian revolution(s)...but the colors go together! 13mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore Dostoyevsky mentions socialism, close enough! 13mo
vivastory I love Malbec. A few months ago I went to a wine shop & found a bottle with a 94 rating for 15$! Easily one of the best bottles I've ever had. 13mo
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saresmoore @vivastory We have a local wine shop that does really good pricing. I don‘t think this is a noteworthy one, but it sure is good! I‘ve yet to meet a Malbec I didn‘t like. 13mo
Suet624 So artistic. 13mo
Hollie Looks delicious! Cheers! 🍷 13mo
LeahBergen I believe that pounding through the rest of the bottle will actually HELP you finish this book. 😆 13mo
Cathythoughts I love Malbec & I‘ve never read that one .... one day 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
saresmoore @LeahBergen I think you make a great point. 13mo
saresmoore @Suet624 Gotta have a creative outlet, right? 😄 13mo
saresmoore @Cathythoughts It‘s a great book, as in epic and groundbreaking, not as in “a fun summer read!” Although, I did do some reading of it by the pool. 😆 13mo
Cathythoughts Dostoevsky by the pool ! 👍🏻why not !! I think he would be interested to see where his books have arrived in the future.... (edited) 13mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve read The Idiot . And , Crime & Punishment... I cant imagine loving anything more than Crime & Punishment... I‘m afraid to even try ... never imagined a writer of such depth .. he taught me so much 💔 (edited) 13mo
Moray_Reads @Cathythoughts I loved the Idiot and C&P. This one, not so much 13mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I agree with @LeahBergen. Gin definitely helped me get through the last 200 pages 😂 13mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads The Idiot is up next for me on the Dostoevsky backlist, but I might take a break, first... 13mo
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The Brothers Karamazov | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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Oh, no! 🙅‍♀️These three brothers are NOT my #favoritefictionalsiblings !
They have a complicated relationship with each other, and their father. A very complex family. #NewHogwartsAdventure

This is not the edition I‘m reading from, but it‘s a #sizeable book. #SisforSeptember

#myvodkabromance

saresmoore Why can‘t they all just get along?? #daddyissues 13mo
vkois88 Lol it makes me laugh that they have a big & tall collection 😂😂 13mo
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The Karamazov Brothers | Fyodor Dostoevsky, Ignat Avsey
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It‘s a gorgeous evening, here in Suburbia, USA. I‘m almost finished with this massive, musing missive. (Okay, well, it‘s a novel, technically, but how could I pass up such an alliterative opportunity?)

How is everyone else‘s progress? Given up? Thrown it across the room? Gotten lost in the deep truths as portrayed alternatively by a prematurely putrefacted monk and the devil himself??

#MyVodkaBromance

Lcsmcat Impressive! I‘m only at about 65%. I guess I need to get off Litsy and read. 😀 13mo
Libby1 “The prematurely putrefacted monk”! That‘s the best. 😂🤣 I had a beautiful vintage copy of this but gave it away as soon as I finished it. As soon as. I couldn‘t shift it quickly enough. I love some of his other stuff, and some of the spiritual musings were gorgeous, but otherwise I wanted to throw it across the room. 13mo
saresmoore @Libby1 Bahahaha! I certainly cannot understand why this is called (by some) his magnum opus! Crime & Punishment was MUCH better. 13mo
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saresmoore @Lcsmcat But Litsy is so much more fun! 13mo
sisilia I‘m not even 25% in 😅 A lot of distractions and am travelling, too. Will get to it and probably finish in October 13mo
Libby1 C & P is SO much better! 13mo
Faibka Such a great book, enjoy! 13mo
LeahBergen Lawdy! You‘re almost done! 😮 13mo
readordierachel You have made me want to read this and not read this in equal measure 😆 13mo
emilyhaldi I LOVE “prematurely putrefacted monk" ? and am very impressed with your progress. I'm about 65% of the way but have been traveling a lot the last few weeks and have no time to pick it back up!! Hoping after this weekend I can get back to it. And I am so curious to read C&P after this one and happy to hear the general population say it's better bc I'm not totally smitten with the big D just yet ? 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Whoa! You‘re almost done! Can‘t wait to hear your review. I‘m at about 40%, being spinned around by endless ramblings and pointless(?) conversations. I don‘t throw books but I‘ve been frowning and eye-rolling frequently. I will get on with it and see what the K brothers are up to! 13mo
batsy I'm done! I'm still a big D fangirl but you're right, C&P was much better. Sublime almost, in comparison to this one. But I do love the rambly, talky digressions which I think is what others hate the most 😂 (It's Mitya and the women characters who drove me mad.) 13mo
saresmoore @sisilia There are some tough parts to get through, but on the whole, I‘ve still really enjoyed it. I don‘t think I could‘ve done it while travelling, though! 13mo
saresmoore @readordierachel Don‘t be deterred! He is a master and his frustration, humility, uncertainty, wisdom, and self-awareness show in equal measure. Sure, there are some utterly insufferable characters/dialogues/diatribes, but it‘s still fascinating to get inside Dostoevsky‘s head. 13mo
saresmoore @emilyhaldi I think you‘re just past the point where I kept flipping to the next section, just to see how many more pages I had to get through. Part Four is where I really started to see things come together and get invested. 13mo
saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm There really are a lot of those conversations, but as @batsy noted, some of the digressions are chock-full of food for thought. Then Mitya opens his mouth... 😒 13mo
saresmoore @batsy I have the feeling that D was trying to represent every possible degree of mental disorder in relation to that lovely religious concept of The Greater Guilt. (Although, it seems to be mostly the atheists who were so overcome by this universal shame.) Anyway, obnoxious monologues and all, I‘m still skeptically nodding along with Alyosha and can‘t wait to sit back and see the big picture! 13mo
emilyhaldi Very much looking forward to seeing how all of this comes together 🤗 13mo
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