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message 1: by Karen (new)

Karen Witzler I am going to have to try again.

message 2: by Alex (new)

Alex Really? This review makes you want to try again? Clearly I've failed.

message 3: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Ha!! Nice! I had an impossible time writing a review for this book...and don't think I actually ever got around to it...should check that.

message 4: by Alex (new)

Alex You did. It was a weird one; you said it was brilliant, but I felt a lack of enthusiasm behind it. Although I may have been projecting.

message 5: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Alex wrote: "You did. It was a weird one; you said it was brilliant, but I felt a lack of enthusiasm behind it. Although I may have been projecting."

I was exhausted afterwards. Having the review box pop-up as soon as you finish a book here stresses me out! :D

Also, I recalled this afternoon that this was the book I was going to try a drunken-El review style on and it didn't work. Probably my lack of enthusiasm reflects the disappointment in myself for not being able to review this well.

message 6: by Alex (new)

Alex Ha!

This was indeed a drunken - well, okay, slightly tipsy - review for me.

message 7: by Ken (new)

Ken Tipsy reviews are really the only way to go when it comes to critiquing Dosty's work. The guy is night to Tolstoy's day, which is why I mostly sleep instead of working my way through his ouevre (French for "pages upon insane pages of controlled hysteria").

message 8: by Tamsen (new)

Tamsen I'm not ashamed to say I only gave this two stars! :) Great review.

message 9: by Ka (new)

Ka A missed opportunity . . .
I just came across the Cliff's Notes on Karamazov on my [NEW BOOKSHELVES]. Having listened to you moan your way through this, I only wish I had remembered it was there.
No, I didn't use it in college! I never used any Cliff's Notes! Must've been Abby's.

message 10: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Campbell For my review I'm just going to link to this review.

message 11: by Jason (new)

Jason "Maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary." —Zosima?

Awesome review, Alex.

message 12: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Calamas Struggled struggled through this book and eventually gave up. May have to come back to it at a less hectic time of my life. I found it depressing and confusing .

message 13: by Ciara (new)

Ciara Mangino I have the literal exact same feeling about this book...
It took all my will power not to chuck it across the room at the end... Still brilliant, but glad I'm done.

message 14: by Alex (new)

Alex Glad I'm not alone, Clara! Crime and Punishment is (a little) better.

message 15: by David (new)

David Spiteri I attempted this book 3 times. bought it 3 times and gave it away 3 times.
I loved Crime and Punishment and consider it one of my all time favorites but this one simply bewildered me.
I actually slogged doggedly with gritted teeth through it at the 3rd attempt and had the same heart felt reaction you have so artfully expressed.
i have just met someone who has read The Idiot and loved it.
I will not fall for that one anytime soon . . .,

message 16: by Katrina (new)

Katrina Oh great I look forward to our group read now, 30 pages in 673 to go!

message 17: by Samuel (new)

Samuel Frost I have to agree with you that the "energy behind it was more or less insane." I'm a huge fan of Fydor. But at many times in this novel, I was truly worried that the old genius was losing his marbles. I couldn't review it better. 4 confused, browbeaten stars from me as well.

message 18: by Indran (new)

Indran Fernando hahahah

message 19: by Wwmrsweasleydo (new)

Wwmrsweasleydo I'm reading it now, just finished Book 3. Please give me hope to continue. Does it get any less boring from here onwards? I could so have done without any Zosima at all. I'm glad he's dead (& stinky) at least.

message 20: by Alex (new)


at least Zosima is dead though

message 21: by Wwmrsweasleydo (new)

Wwmrsweasleydo I'll keep on slogging through, then! Thanks for your honesty x

message 22: by Mark (new)

Mark Andre' Don't forget Smerdyakov he is a brother too! Same father.

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