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message 1: by Drew (new)

Drew You're not mad; I definitely do a lot of this. I stop short of ascribing a greater importance to the fictional events than the actual memories, as you seem to in 12 (perhaps I'm exaggerating that), but everything I read does have associations with the place that I read it, the trip I was on, the people I was with, etc. And I do organize it in my head that way.


message 2: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls You're right, a happy mingling of life/book is the way to go. I'm an all/nothing sort of guy.


message 3: by Joshua Nomen-Mutatio (last edited Jan 26, 2012 02:04PM) (new)

Joshua Nomen-Mutatio You just reminded me of one of my earliest memories of physical pain. Age four. I was wrapped tightly in a towel as my parents and I exited the beach because a storm had just erupted overhead. In our hustle to the car I slipped and fell face-forward, arms trapped and useless beneath the towel, smashing my face into the pavement. This left one of my front teeth in a lifeless state, eventually turning it brown, which mortified me. There is at least one school year photo of me exposing this awful tooth. A tooth that I let dangle from a thread for far too long because I'd developed an extreme fear of possible pain of pulling it out. My father would threaten to pull it out (rightly so) which made me flee and probably cry to my mother. I believe it just fell out one day, so painlessly that it took me several minutes at least to even notice.


message 4: by MJ (last edited Jan 26, 2012 02:14PM) (new)

MJ Nicholls I'm sorry my review triggered a memory of your putrefying tooth debacle. I trust there was a happy ending involving a dentist? I wish I'd started reading books at an earlier age: it seems my memory is incapable of recalling moments without some textual referent.


Joshua Nomen-Mutatio It was actually a mildly reverent memory, in retrospect, as memories, um, always are.

I left out the part about having a root canal done right after the injury in order to keep the tooth in place until it was 'naturally' ready to be lost.


message 6: by Drew (new)

Drew Hardly anything more nightmarish than falling forward and having your arms for whatever reason be unable to break your fall. My condolences for you and your tooth.


message 7: by Sarah A (new)

Sarah A I actually do the same thing. The book I was reading when my grandmother died I've never finished and more than likely never will.


message 8: by Kyle (new)

Kyle Great review MJ! I've been unable to put all my love of this book down on paper (or rather, electrons in this case) for a proper review, so I'm glad there are at least others who can succeed where I have failed.

Also, I promise to hesitate before taking violent action toward anyone who so desperately seeks metaphysical answers. :)


message 9: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls Thanks! I found this review on an old review site. Very pleased I wrote one.


message 10: by Mustafa (new)

Mustafa Ahmad Great review! But are you serious about shaking people and asking if there is a God??? Cause if it is, I salute you for that. I would never be brave enough to do that.


message 11: by Paul Martin (new)

Paul Martin Great review! I just finished it - what an overwhelmingly awesome masterpiece.


message 12: by Joel (new)

Joel Very enjoyable review, but the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation you refer to is published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, not Penguin. The Penguin edition is translated by David McDuff.
Unfortunately I have the Penguin edition, but after reading numerous commendations (starting with yours) I'll definitely be ordering the one by F, S and G.


message 13: by Mark (new)

Mark Andre' Why not include Smerdyakov as the forth brother?
Don't all four boys have the same father?
And are not the first three brothers by two different mothers?
I've always thought that was one of the ironies of the title.


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