Jamie’s review of The Brothers Karamazov
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Dec 27, 2010 11:40AM
I want to read this book, I really do, but when Nabokov describes it as "simply unreadable" I am not so sure anymore.
I guess I really should read it for myself instead of kowtowing to the Master's opinion...
Dec 28, 2010 12:29PM
There’s a lot of ways I’d describe the Brothers K, and unreadable wouldn’t be one. I know the essay you’re citing, though, and Nabokov has a few great points while missing widely on others. In my humble opinion.
So yeah, I’d say give it a shot on its own terms, and see what you think.
Dec 28, 2010 02:00PM
You are right, of course. I shall do as soon as I get round to it.
Jan 09, 2011 02:13AM
Its one of my favourites as well. I cant recommend this book enough. You HAVE to read it.
Aug 10, 2013 10:12AM
"It's a shockingly joyful book" - this perfectly describes my impression of this book (my favourite). I can't help thinking people who describe this book as merely dark and depressing have misunderstood it completely. I've noticed they tend to be people without any kind of belief/faith. This probably makes sense since without that, the way Dostoyevsky would have it, there is no hope. Only the despair and madness of Ivan. I've rarely felt more full or joy and hope than when I finished the last pages of this book and laid it down. Thanks for the review!
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