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In 1880 Dostoevsky completed The Brothers Karamazov, the literary effort for which he had been preparing all his life. Compelling, profound, complex, it is the story of a patricide and of the four sons who each had a motive for murder: Dmitry, the sensualist, Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and twisted, cunning Smerdyakov, the bastard child. Frequently lurid, ...more
Paperback, 1045 pages
Published April 1st 1984 by Bantam Classics (first published November 1880)
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Jean-Paul Walshaw-Sauter It is a while since I read and reviewed the novel. My impressions of Smerdyakov were not of an intellectual, but a libertine cynic. For me it was…moreIt is a while since I read and reviewed the novel. My impressions of Smerdyakov were not of an intellectual, but a libertine cynic. For me it was clearly Ivan who was the intellectual despite his intransigence. He was the kind of intellectual who tended towards self-imposed mental torments:
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Sep 07, 2008 Rawley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there was still any doubt, let me confirm that this actually is the greatest book ever written. But be warned that you need to set aside a solid month to get through it. And it's not light reading--this is a dense work of philosophy disguised as a simple murder mystery. But it's well worth the effort. It tackles the fundamental question of human existence--how best to live one's life--in a truly engaging way. Dostoevsky created 3 brothers (Ivan, Alexei, and Dmitri) with opposite answers to th ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
May 22, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-russians

If you like your books to move in a linear fashion this book is not for you. It hops around and attention must be paid or you will find yourself flipping back a few pages to reestablish the thread of the story. I took this on a plane flight, crazy right? Not exactly the normal "light" reading I take on flights. It was a stroke of genius. I absolutely fell under the thrall of Dostoyevky's prose. (Thank you to my fellow travelers who didn't feel the need to chat with the guy who obviously is so f
Apr 29, 2008 Conrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Contrary to widespread rumor, this is a far from bleak book. While every character has his or her own misery, and it all takes place in a place called something like "cattle-roundup-ville", the moments of religious ecstasy and moral clarity are heartbreaking in their frequency - it's hard not to wish that one had such bizarre events going on around one in order to prompt such lofty oratory.

The story involves Ivan, Dmitri, Alyosha, and Smerdyakov, four brothers with a rich but notoriously lechero
Riku Sayuj
Feb 16, 2014 Riku Sayuj rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Riku by: english teacher in seventh grade!

On Romancing The Devil

Warning: This review might contain spoilers even outside the hidden 'spoiler alert' regions. I honestly am not capable of discriminating.

The book is not about the murder or about who did it, those things were very apparent before half the book was completed - the narrator taking special pains to spoil all suspense for his readers at the very beginning (harkening back to the days of greek drama and Euripides - according to whom, the effect of a story, even awhodunnit, was
Someone: Helloooo… yoo-hoo…. Fucktard, you there?

Ben: Yes, I'm here... I finished The Brothers Karamazov the other night and I'm a bit blown away. Emotionally exhausted. Right now, it has me sitting here thinking about it, feeling all kinds of things, thinking complex, important thoughts....

Someone: The great Fyodor Dostoevsky should do that to you. He's a literary Giant; one of the all time greats. But you see, knowing you, shitfuck, I'm not surprised you gave it five stars. You give everything
Jun 21, 2010 Ellen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, novels

“I am big; it’s the pictures that got small”

In Considering the Lobster, David Foster Wallace observes that the “thing about Dostoevsky’s characters is that they are alive" (264). They are, in fact, larger than life, and Wallace goes on to bemoan the fact that so many “of the novelists of our own place and time look so thematically shallow and lightweight…in comparison to Gogol or Dostoevsky” (271). Like Norma Desmond, who feels the pictures have gotten small, Wallace sees contemporary novels lac
Ilenia Zodiaco
Nov 24, 2015 Ilenia Zodiaco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, big-books
Con qualche licenza poetica, da piccolo demone quale io sono, rigorosamente in disordine (“amate il disordine?”).

Un personaggio ha un minimo di sei nomi.
Tutti odiano Fedor Pavlovic. Hanno ragione.
Tremila rubli.
Pasticcio di pesce (quasi sempre freddo).
Il sangue dei Karamazov porta sfiga.
“Anche in te che sei un angelo vive questo insetto e suscita nel tuo sangue delle tempeste”.
L’eredità va sudata.
Caccia i tremila rubli o succede un bordello.
Gente ubriaca.
Dio esiste. Forse.
Dio non esis
Nov 09, 2007 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Shelves: fiction
This is a review both of the book and the translation. See my review of Crime and Punishment for an explanation of why I don't entirely like this translation -- the authors sacrifice clarity and readability for technical accuracy in a way that tends to obscure the meaning. That said, though, it's a very good one, and I'd give it a four out of five. My pet peeve in most translations is the choice of the word "meek" instead of "gentle". These have utterly different connotations in modern English, ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روسى

لما سيجموند فرويد يصف عمل روائي بأنه الأعظم على الأطلاق فمن الأكيد ان هذاالعمل به ما يميزه

وعندما تقرأ انت هذا العمل وتنبهر به اذا ففرويد لم يكن مخطأ
وعندما تطلق انت حكم مطلق بأن ديستويفسكى هو افضل من تحدث عن النفس البشريه وقدمها فى الأدب فغالبا لك كل العذر فى ذلك

من الاعمال القليله التى تترك أثرًا جليًا على نظرتك فى الحياة
وكم فى مجتمعنا من مدعى طهارة وشرف وهو فى الحقيقه مجرم أثيم وكم من مذنب ظاهرى وهو ضحية اجرام مدعى الطهارة

وكم من اب آثم فى حق ابناءه وابناء عاقين لأبيهم
ولكن ان تقدم لك هذه العلا
Above all, avoid lies, all lies, especially the lie to yourself. Keep watch on your own lie and examine it every hour, every minute. And avoid contempt, both of others and of yourself: what seems bad to you in yourself is purified by the very fact that you have noticed it in yourself. And avoid fear, though fear is simply the consequence of every lie. (57)

Family. You cannot pick. You are either happy to be around them or you are stuck with them. You can choose your friends, a pet, you can choo
Feb 15, 2014 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those in need of spiritual cleansing
Dark abysses in moonless skies will engulf the titillating brightness of stars and ghastly winters will obliterate the warmth of the earth until justice has been done.
Recline comfortably in your velvety chaise longue and concentrate on the spectacle that is about to begin, for the so much awaited day of the trial has arrived and the Karamazov family will be submitted to relentless interrogation, psychological scrutiny and the righteous proof of circumstantial evidence. There is humor, melodrama
Mar 12, 2009 Gillian marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. i will finish this book. ...more
Sep 28, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cheryl by: The Fyodor Dostoevsky Group
Ask me what book has now transformed my thought about what literature can do and I will name this book. Ask me about a book whose characters I will reference for years—not because they were so relatable or lovable but because they were replacements of philosophical thought—and I will name Alyosha, Ivan, and Mitya. Ask me about an author whose works I won’t mind reading and rereading, and I will name Fyodor Dostoevsky.

To think, before reading this, I didn’t even know how to properly pronounce the
Nov 30, 2013 Fatin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Errybody
Um, okay, so I'm going to start off by saying, if you are, like me, in love with the brothers, love them from afar. Because as wonderful as they seem, being in a relationship with them would be awful, and you would cry a lot. Yes, even Alyosha, unless you are of course as noble and as kind as him yourself, which I just don’t see happening. On the other hand, if you just want to have some fun with them, by all means, I think it would be…awesome.

I found this cute picture on deviantArt that summari
Andrei Tamaş
May 07, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Încep cu puncte de suspensie, căci nu se poate altfel atunci când ÎNCERCI să spui câteva cuvinte despre "Fraţii Karamazov".
Triunghiul Alexei-Ivan-Dimitri. Societatea rusească din secolul al XIX-lea?! No way. Timpul -secolul al XIX-lea- şi spaţiul -Rusia- nu reprezintă decât un fundal pe care Dostoievski îşi aşterne personajele, căci în cadrul operelor sale nu se poate vorbi de o dimensiune spaţială şi una temporală decât
Mar 17, 2014 Brian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ruard_referred
2014 has started out as a real crapper on the reading front. I'd like to believe it's because of work distractions, family drama, competing entertainment - but we all have those things and find plenty of time to read. So the honest answer is that for weeks I couldn't come to grips with just how little I was enjoying this novel. And that frustration lead me away from all other reading material. The tight downward spiral of self imposed illiteracy.

I haven't completed all of FD's works, but everyth
Jan 08, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: masochists
Brothers Karamazov is an exceptionally tricky and intricate book. It's also an exceptional pain in the ass. I might have to create a new shelf for it called "I'd Have To Read It Again To Get It But I'd Rather Just Not Get It." Tristram Shandy can join it there. The first problem is when a speech is so long that it reminds you of Atlas Shrugged. The second problem is that when I finished it just now, the words that unconsciously escaped my mouth were, "Well, fuck you Karamazov."

Here's a game I ma
Dec 27, 2012 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Basically, the Brothers Karamazov is one of my all-time favorite books, in large part because I read it with one of my all-time favorite philosophy professors. Although the book has a fairly compelling plot, to me it's ultimately the characters and thematic concerns underpinning the story that keep it near the top of my list, and that's where I'd like to put the focus of this review (in hopes of sharing some of the stuff my teacher pointed out that I never would have come up with on my own). Of ...more
MJ Nicholls
Note: This review was written on Nov 18th 2007, a week after my twenty-first birthday. Excuse the youthful clumsiness of my style.

Matters of Life and Death

Often I used stop people in the streets, shake them frantically on the shoulders and slap them on the face, shouting again and again: “Is there a God? Is there a God? For God’s sake, just tell me if there’s a God!”

You would be surprised at the results I gathered from this. One or two of them confirmed that there is indeed a God, and that his n
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Fuck the five stars!

It actually hurts to give it only five. Need I say that this book must be considered one of the wonders of mankind? Would it be necessary to talk about Dostoyevsky's extraordinary ability to create such interesting and realistic characters, or the fact that he was a master of the human psyche? This, of course, is an understatement. Check Ivan Karamazov's encounter with the devil if you don't believe me. In fact, the whole novel is a unique proof of this statement
ترددت قبل الشروع في قراءة الاخوة كارامازوف وكأن كون هذه الرواية آخر ما كتب سيفوت علي الاستمتاع ببقية أعماله وشعرت أنني مقبلة على قراءة رواية ضمَّنَها كاتبها تجاربه وعصارة حياته وربما حتى تشبه قراءة وصيته.. لكن رغم ثقلها ما ان بدأت حتى زالت كل الحواجز.. عادةً في الروايات الثقيلة بعد خمسين صفحة على الأقل نبدأ بالاستيعاب أما هنا تندمج بسهولة وكأن دوستوفيسكي يقول لمن يدخل عالمه: أهلاً بك اعتبر نفسك في بيتك اجلس على هذا الكرسي واسكب لك كأساً من الكونياك.. :D
عندما تكون الأحداث بطيئة والصفحات كثيرة ورغ
Jason Koivu
Feb 05, 2013 Jason Koivu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Oh brother Karamazov, where art thou?

The split up of the family Karamazov affected me more than all the philosophizing and high-minded ethical discussion. But that's me. I'm more interested in seeing human nature played out rather than hearing a bunch of people sit around talking about how humans should act. Not since college, when I took so many philosophy classes I could've majored in it, has such debate held my attention. These days few writers can make me read through hundreds of pages of t
Dane causes scandal in online literary circles, admitting: I just didn’t love The Brothers K

A reporter representing discerning readers everywhere yesterday rounded up the Danish reader in front of her home as she was attempting to slink off to her car, carrying a suspiciously thin volume under her arm. What follows is an attempt to get to the bottom of the Dane’s reaction:

Reporter: Excuse me, Ma’am, it has been brought to our attention that you’ve given The Brothers Karamazov a rating of three s
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Αριστούργημα !
May 23, 2016 Maica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sheet of notes for chapter 5 of The Brothers Karamazov.

None could ever so express the brutality of human life on its full and raw drama so honestly, and intensely as embodied on this literary masterpiece. Each character in their own right, could rightly be said to characterize the intertwining complexity of the human condition. The prose, the dialogues, the imagery, the emotions - one can only see oneself as each episode unfolds being there in the midst of it all, seeing each character rending
تولستوی و داستایوسکی
تفاوت تولستوى با داستايوسكى، مثل تفاوت سعدى و حافظه.
شعرهاى سعدى، سهل و ممتنعه: يعنى از بس ساده و روان هستن، آدم فكر مى كنه سرودن همچين شعرى كارى نداره. ولى وقتى مى خواد مثلش رو بگه، مى بينه امكان نداره. تولستوى هم همين طوره.
شعرهاى حافظ، ولى يه جوريه كه آدم وقتى مى خونه، نه تنها فكرِ تحدّی هم به مخیّله ش خطور نمى كنه، بلكه حيران مى مونه كه يه انسان چطور تونسته همچين شعرى بگه؛ از بس الفاظ و معانى و مضامين عجيب و غريبى داره و پر از شيدايى و جنونه. داستايوسكى اين طوريه.

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Once a upon a time there were three brothers (view spoiler), Dmitri, Ivan and Alexei, who went forth into the world each bearing a legacy from their parents. Along their way they each use the gifts they have to deal with the problems that lie in their path. But first Dmitri, the eldest brother who is strong and powerful, falls by the wayside and then Ivan, the middle brother who is clever and educated falls by the wayside, but Alexei, l ...more
I remember that after reading this, Dostoevsky’s final book, and the last book I read by him, that it became my all-time favourite. If I gave 5 stars to Crime and Punishment, then I would have given 6 to The Brothers Karamazov. I must have focused on plot the first time I read it, but knew, even at the time, that there was so much more to it that I had to read it again. I did. But all I remember is that if Crime and Punishment made me think, The Brothers Karamazov made me really think.

I can say
Jul 14, 2011 Szplug rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dostoevsky's crowning achievement, although not my personal favourite amongst his impressive body of work. TBK has pretty much everything required of a five-star paper city: superb characterization, psychological depth and insight; intrigue, murder, and suspense; great daubs of humor, both madcap broadsides and satirical with a capital slice; that never-ending, cyclonical struggle between faith and reason; a sublimely Slavic melange of love, lust, deception, betrayal, violence, flight, revenge, ...more
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Feb 04, 2016 Parastoo sahebi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
چقدر خوشحالم ک این کتابو خوندم...و چقدر خوشحالم ک میتونم بازم بخونم و چقدرررر چیزی ازش یاد گرفتم! ...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.

Dostoyevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death
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