Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Book Look - #38

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (translated to English by Constance Garnett)

Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov has three sons Dmitry, Ivan and Alexei. Father and one son fall for a beautiful Grushenka. A three thousand roubles and egoistic tussles create commotion leading to the murder of the father. An investigation follows where all the evidence is stacked up against one son and the presence of more than one suspect makes this work of philosophy work as a thriller too!

  • I am in no position to review this book for two reasons: 1. The book has so many levels and needs quite a lot of literature expertise to unravel all that it tries to express. 2. There are still quite a few chapters, the significance of which, I haven't been able to fathom yet.
  • It teaches stuff for sure. The initial portions about Alyosha and the Elder Zosima evoke respect on to the monkhood and shows how simple and uncomplicated life can be for those who can see it.
  • The portions surrounding Ivan, Dmitry, Grushenka and Ivanovna vividly capture the 1800s Russia and offer the commercial angle to the tale.The author's audacity to hit at the Russian mentality of his time through the Karamazov family is worth some reverence!
  • The final leg involving the trial in the court with the prosecutor and defendant advocates' speeches make the reader submit his own self to the book and its author!
An amazing piece of writing; At 1000 pages of complex thoughts, it's huge but is definitely an Experience worth taking!

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