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The Adolescent

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Nineteen-year-old Arkady Dolgoruky, the illegitimate son of a landowner, has difficulty establishing his personal identity amid the political and social upheavals of nineteenth-century Russia.
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published October 16th 2003 by Everyman (first published 1875)
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Deepthi
Jun 24, 2013 Deepthi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Admirers of Dostoyevsky
4.5/5

"Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist, more than Gauss." - Albert Einstein

Dostoyevsky knew how to rip open a human soul and leave it bare in front of his readers. What can I say about his understanding of human mind that haven't been said before? So, I will just stick to a brief review on this book and my experience reading it.

Firstly, 'The Adolescent' should not be compared to Dostoyevsky's other major works. This novel does not have the grand setting like 'Brothers Karamazov' nor d...more
Ahmed
لو كان فيه 10 او حتى 100 نجمة كان خدها بكل سهولة

معرفش ازاي حرجع اقرا للكتاب "العاديين"، ا

عبقرية الى ابعد الحدود،
اخيرا كاتب ادى للانسان التعقيد الي يستحقه، مش شوية معطيات و معلومات بتاخدها في نوتة في اول القصة و البطل زي الروبوت بيتحرك على اساسها باقي القصة

الابطال مش اغبيا (و ديه حاجة باعشقها في القصص - السبب الوحيد الي ممكن يخليني اني اقرا لبطل غبي هي ان القصة تكون كوميدي) ، القصة 800 صفحة تقريبا بس محستش بذرة ملل طول القصة

القصة مكتوبة من 150 سنة تقريبا، بس في احيان كتيرة المراهق الي في القصة اح...more
Erik Graff
Feb 12, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dostoevsky fans
Recommended to Erik by: Janny Marie Willis
Towards the very end of college I became involved with Janny, a precocious first year student. I was very impressed with her from the outset. Not only was she exceptionally well read, but she could read in Dutch and German as well as English, her family having moved often owing to her father's work as a government mathematician.

The relationship continued even upon my graduation and move to seminary in New York City. We spent part of the intervening summer together, corresponding the rest of the...more
Marius
Un roman mai deosebit scris de Dostoievski. Mă aşteptam la grozăvii nemaipomenite aşa cum mă obişnuise autorul în celelalte romane.

Dimpotrivă, aici nimeni nu este omorât, muşcat de ureche, pălmuit. Nici un scandal public, nici o copilă de 12 ani n-a fost siluită. Doar vreo 2 sinucideri 'colaterale', un pumn în cap şi o urecheală.

În rest, psihologie pură, n-am fost dezamăgit deloc.
Frankie
For many, The Adolescent fell short of the brilliance Dostoevsky displayed in other novels. I think of this novel as a slightly weak link in the chain of his character types. Dostoevsky felt it necessary to reveal the fatum (as Arkady puts it) of the Russian youth of the late 19th century. Until this novel, he had hinted at the fallibility of the inexperience, presumptuousness and even bitterness in the younger generation. In Demons, nihilists are the easily-swayed boys who reject the frying pan...more
Shawn
It's even difficult to put into words what I think of this novel at this moment. As I was reading it, I would put it down and say "This is the craziest novel I've read." Or just "It's crazy." That is still my overwhelming sensation. For those of you who know Dostoevsky well, you will find everything here, and maybe somethings you didn't expect. It is absolutely unclear to me why so many critics and professionals just write this novel off. It is a fine novel, especially on the heels of reading De...more
Stian
Most of the stuff you expect from Dostoevsky is here. As usual we have a build-up in Part 1, where we get acquainted with the story, the characters and so on, and we are slowly brought into it all. Naturally there is a really climactic last part to the book, and the final 50 or so pages are very intense!

There is one big difference between this novel and most of Dostoevsky's other novels, except for Notes From Underground, in that it uses a first-person narrative. This is interesting, and it's wo...more
Erik
This was Dostoevsky's second last novel, written between the better know Demons (or Devils as it is sometimes translated) and the legendary masterpiece Brothers Karamazov.

This novel has none of the grand scale of BK, nor the masterful dark humour and philosophical depth. Nor does it have the prophetic satirical portrayl of politics that the Demons captures. Yet, it is enchanting in its own quiet way, and its gets inside your head like any great Dostoevsky novel will causing you to experience the...more
Hadrian
This book has been overlooked to an astonishing degree, even by fans of Dostoyevsky, and perhaps I could understand why. But it is not bad by any means - compared to the rest of his books, a merely interesting book can seem awful in comparison.

The plot concerns an adolescent (although the translation is still up for a fine-tuned debate) who is illegitimate and something about a mysterious letter. It is not exactly full of the grand philosophy and debate that Dostoyevsky employs, but what he does...more
Vittorio Ducoli
Munitevi di carta e penna, signori. Ma prima levatevi il cappello

L'adolescente è un romanzo estremamente complesso, che a volte, anche a causa dell'edizione nel quale l'ho letto, mi è parso un po' confuso, coerentemente con lo stile dostoevskijano. L'edizione BIT che posseggo, oggi forse introvabile, non è fatta per agevolare la lettura di questo ponderoso romanzo: le pagine sono composte da un carattere piccolo, che soprattutto per chi come me è ormai afflitto da presbiopia, rende difficoltosa...more
Nick Tramdack
Great book, terrible ending.

58: Arkady Dolgoruky's voice is awesome, so convincingly nineteen: "I followed Kraft out. I wasn't ashamed of anything."
-72: perfect depressing detail: a voiceless nightingale.
-parallel plot setup: Arkady, who ambivalently wants to earn Versilov's love, possesses (?) a document that documents another child's (Katerina Nikolaevna's) lack of filial love...
-Dolgoruky's idea is an incredibly Nietzschean one. A classic expression of ressentiment and will-to-power... wit...more
Mike
This is my first foray into Dostoevsky, and I truly admired his grasp of adolescent psychology and his ability to accurately maintain Arkady's voice and character. His ambition, over-confidence, and firmness in principle are so spot-on. I loved that Dostoevsky keeps the plot twisting and turning so that, at any point, despite the protagonist's conviction, he is never correct in his conclusions.

That being said, I struggled with the greater theme: the discrepancy in ideology between generations. H...more
Graeme Hinde
It's possible that Dostoevsky overstuffed the sandwich on this one, but even so I love him for his infectious exuberance for sandwiches and I devoured the messy thing with relish.

The Adolescent is a little like The Sound and the Fury (which I read 20 pages of), in that both are presented through the eyes of a narrator who's a little off. Much of the fun of The Adolescent comes from diagnosing the narrator, whose symptoms change significantly over the course of the book. Much of the frustration...more
J.M. Hushour
This tragicomic work is definitely Dosty's most overlooked, or even derided, major novel, coming as it does just before he wrote Karamazov. It's a great book though and at the same time hilarious and darkly disturbing. The narrator is Arkady Dolgoruky, the "adolescent", who moves to Petersburg with a secret document which could ruin his illegitimate father (a philosopher of sorts going through a rather lusty mid-life crisis) and/or the woman the father loves. Dolgoruky is also armed with his "id...more
Nate
Apr 01, 2009 Nate rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jesse goldchains
slightly disjointed, but considering its narrated by an angsty teenager who's own mind is slightly disjointed, thats rather forgivable. jumps from high comedy to tragedy quite often. the ending is somewhat anti climactic however, considering that a great catastrophe is constantly alluded to throughout the novel, of which the catastrophe isn't really that great. however the epilogue makes a pretty apt note that the 'notes' would serve as a good jumping point for a future artistic masterpiece, whi...more
Daniel
I can understand why The Adolescent is a failure. Dostoyevsky decided to write this work as the 'notes' of a nineteen-year-old son (Arkady) of peasants who tries to navigate Saint Petersburg's ailing aristocratic world. Though the main plot, having to do with an incriminating letter in Arkady's possession, isn't all that engaging, the side-stories are much better, especially the part with Makar Ivanovich. Much of the work is slightly disjointed and the narrator interjects often to explain himsel...more
Tazar Oo
May 21, 2014 Tazar Oo marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
ပြဲက်တယ္ဆိုတာ ရိုးသားျဖဴစင္တဲ့ရယ္ေမာသံေတြပါ။ ဒါေပမဲ့ ကၽြန္ေတာ္တို႔ ေခတ္ႀကီးထဲမွာ ပြဲက်သံတစ္ခုခု ဘယ္နားမွာမ်ား ၾကားႏိုင္ပါ့မလဲ၊ လူေတြဟာ ဘယ္လိုပြဲက်ရမယ္ဆိုတာမွ သိၾကေသးရဲ႕လား။ လူတစ္ေယာက္ရဲ႕ ပြဲက်မႈဟာ ေခါင္းစေျခအဆံုး လူတစ္ကိုယ္လံုးကို လြတ္လပ္မႈေပးလိုက္ျခင္းရဲ႕ အဂၤါရပ္တစ္ခုေပါ့။ တစ္စံုတစ္ေယာက္ရဲ႕အဇၩတၳကို ကာလအေတာ္ၾကာေအာင္ တီးေခါက္လို႔မရျဖစ္ၿပီးတဲ့ေနာက္ အဲဒီလူဟာ အေတာ္ေလး ရိုးရိုးသားသားနဲ႔ အူလိုက္အသည္းလိုက္ ရယ္ေမာလိုက္တယ္ဆိုပါစို႔၊ သူ႔ရဲ႕အဇၩတၳတစ္ခုလံုးဟာ ခင္ဗ်ားလက္ဖ၀ါးေပၚတင္ထားလိုက္သလို ရုတ္တရက္ ဘြားဘြာ...more
M. İlknur
"Fakirlik, hiçlik ile güçsüzlüğün şiiri, yeteneksizlikle orta halliliğin de zaferidir!" (syf: 96)
"Saf görünüyordu ama basit değildi. Benzi biraz solgun, ama kırmızıydı. Yanakları kuru, çöküktü. Alnında derin kırışıklıklar belirmeye başlamıştı. Geldiğim gün beni ona bağlayan oldukça iri; hep durgun, huzur dolu bir ışıkla parıldayan gözlerinin çevresine henüz inmemişti bu kırışıklıklar. Yüzünde o elemli, dokunaklı anlatıma benzer bir anlatımın bulunmasını da pek seviyordum. Çoğunlukla olduğu gibi,...more
Anette
Sep 24, 2007 Anette rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: every adolescent
This is the first of Dostoevsky`s novels that I read.I`m impressed,I found myself in the main character,Dolgoruki.First I thought it`ll be boring because it`s a big novel,but it wasn`t boring at all!I loved it,especially the last part.I haven`t slept one night just to finish it.This is what I call a masterpiece.I didn`t expect to find in russian literature a theme like the alter-ego.I am very proud of me:>!I feel smart today.
Michael
This could have been written in less than 200 pages. I powered through because it was Dostoyevsky and I felt like I owed it to myself to complete it. I really wish I had saved this one for last though because now I almost don't want to bother with The Idiot or Demons. This book was so tedious and boring.

One of my biggest complaints with Dostoyevsky has always been his dialogue. I have always found it a little bit unrealistic. That could be because Russian culture in the 19th century is so much...more
Lyazat
The denouement was really impressive. For me, reading Dostoevsky is like climbing onto the mountain - it is hard in the begginning but in the end you even cannot notice the difficulties behind.
Though the Dostoevsky's language is lumping as usual, but i love it <3
Khalaf
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MJ Nicholls
A really terrible novel from Dostoevsky. Overwritten, atrociously dull protagonist, endlessly indulgent prose. His lowest moment.
jim
Jan 23, 2014 jim rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jim by: no one
Finally…

When I first picked up Notes From Underground years ago, I never expected to allow myself to become immersed in 3500+ pages of mid-19th century commentary on Russian life, politics, and religion. I’m not sure what made me come back to Dostoevsky so far removed from the time I’d spent with Raskolnikov and the three Fyodoroviches, but I’m glad I’ve done so, and I’m glad I finally made it through.

I would not have necessarily picked The Adolescent to be the swan song for my journey through t...more
Bogdan
Dostoyevsky is for sure a fine observer and a person that truly understands human nature. He proved it in the many novels he had written that the essence of humans and of the society he lived it had very little secrets to him. Probably he could as well be a great psychologist if he did not had the opportunity to be a great writer. I imagined a Russian Freud helping to establish psychology as a science several decades before the actual Austrian scientist.

Anyway he makes great use of the psycholog...more
julieta
Empecé este libro con mucha ilusión. Acabo de leer Hermanos Karamazov hace poco, y todavía no se me ha pasado la impresión.
Supongo que eso pudo influir para que este libro no me gustara tanto.
Aunque hay cosas que me encantan.

Me gustó la idea de que estuviera escrito en primera persona. Qué mejor manera de conocer a un personaje de Dostoievski, y encima tiene 20 años. Ya con eso me tiene conquistada.
Empieza la historia hablando de sí mismo, de su “idea”, de lo que quiere o no hacer de su vida,...more
Hamish
Almost certainly Dostoevsky's worst book. Terribly and haphazardly structured. Characters are introduced rapidly and briefly with no chance to figure out who they are, and then they are brought up constantly for the rest of the book as though they had somehow been dealt with at length earlier. Characters just disappear and are barely mentioned again (Stebelkov). Dostoevsky tells us the relationship between characters but never actually demonstrates it (we're told Arkady loves Katerina, never tol...more
wally
and yet another from dostoyevsky...the...12th...i think, from him for me...this kindle edition has this handy description of russian names. NOW THEY TELL ME!

russian names are composed of first name, patronymic (from the father's first name), and family name. and so on and so forth. and there's a cast of characters in the story! why they don't do that for all stories is beyond me...they do it for plays! why not stories? someone tell "the one" and i'm sure it will be so...

there's a 20-30-page (kin...more
Niklas
This book really resonated with me.

It depicts the life of Arkady Dolgoruky, a troubled 19 year old adolescent in 1870's St Petersburg. In addition to what I've come to expect of Dostoyevsky, in this book he also delivers an addicting plot full of intrigue and *characters*.

Central to the book is Arkady's character, and his struggle to understand and take control of his life. I particularly find his "youthfulness" interesting. He acts with the uttermost sincerity only to change his mind later on,...more
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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

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“Some sleepers have intelligent faces even in sleep, while other faces, even intelligent ones, become very stupid in sleep and therefore ridiculous. I don't know what makes that happen; I only want to say that a laughing man, like a sleeping one, most often knows nothing about his face. A great many people don't know how to laugh at all. However, there's nothing to know here: it's a gift, and it can't be fabricated. It can only be fabricated by re-educating oneself, developing oneself for the better, and overcoming the bad instincts of one's character; then the laughter of such a person might quite possibly change for the better. A man can give himself away completely by his laughter, so that you suddenly learn all of his innermost secrets. Even indisputably intelligent laughter is sometimes repulsive. Laughter calls first of all for sincerity, and where does one find sincerity? Laughter calls for lack of spite, but people most often laugh spitefully. Sincere and unspiteful laughter is mirth. A man's mirth is a feature that gives away the whole man, from head to foot. Someone's character won't be cracked for a long time, then the man bursts out laughing somehow quite sincerely, and his whole character suddenly opens up as if on the flat of your hand. Only a man of the loftiest and happiest development knows how to be mirthful infectiously, that is, irresistibly and goodheartedly. I'm not speaking of his mental development, but of his character, of the whole man. And so, if you want to discern a man and know his soul, you must look, not at how he keeps silent, or how he speaks, or how he weeps, or even how he is stirred by the noblest ideas, but you had better look at him when he laughs. If a man has a good laugh, it means he's a good man. Note at the same time all the nuances: for instance, a man's laughter must in no case seem stupid to you, however merry and simplehearted it may be. The moment you notice the slightest trace of stupidity in someone's laughter, it undoubtedly means that the man is of limited intelligence, though he may do nothing but pour out ideas. Or if his laughter isn't stupid, but the man himself, when he laughs, for some reason suddenly seems ridiculous to you, even just slightly—know, then, that the man has no real sense of dignity, not fully in any case. Or finally, if his laughter is infectious, but for some reason still seems banal to you, know, then, that the man's nature is on the banal side as well, and all the noble and lofty that you noticed in him before is either deliberately affected or unconsciously borrowed, and later on the man is certain to change for the worse, to take up what's 'useful' and throw his noble ideas away without regret, as the errors and infatuations of youth.” 59 likes
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