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message 1: by MJ (new)

MJ Nicholls Brilliant. The translation by Ignat Avsey (OUP) is pretty gruesome... always good to go with Pevear & Mrs. Pevear.

message 2: by Bennet (new)

Bennet Wonderful review. MacAndrew is dear to my heart, and I noticed you found my shelved copy with the loved-off cover.

message 3: by Szplug (last edited Jul 13, 2011 12:05PM) (new)

Szplug MJ: Thanks! I've read both good and bad about Avsey, in roughly equal measure—but virtually only good about P/V, so that's the one I'll go with, if and when it makes a second-hand appearance. Truth be told, though, I've no problem at all with MacAndrew—I'm just curious to see if the P/V version lives up to the hype.

Bennet : Thanks, Bennet. It was actually your review, which I read yesterday, that sparked me to dig up my old effort and give it a dusting. I've not encountered many who've come to TBK via the MacAndrew translation, so it's doubly nice to find another who not only read it, but thought it was grand. :)

message 4: by David (new)

David Great review, Chris. When I read The Brothers Karamazov, Alyosha was immediately my favorite (and Dmitry was my least favorite). It's been so long now that I couldn't tell you why, and it's probably odd since I am an agnostic.

You said this wasn't your favorite Dostoevsky. I'm curious: Which one is? Mine is Crime and Punishment, but this one's a close second... and I don't think any Dostoevsky novel deserves fewer than four stars.

message 5: by Szplug (last edited Jul 15, 2011 03:22PM) (new)

Szplug Thanks, David. I'm an agnostic too, and I immediately liked Dmitry the most and Alyosha the least; so what we have here, clearly, is a case of great minds thinking reversely alike.

My favorite novel by the Big D is The Idiot—with TBK right behind—which I read in the Magarshack translation; curiously enough, I didn't care much for the latter's interpretation of Crime and Punishment. I think that my favorite thing Dostoyevsky wrote, however, might be A Nasty Story, which made me squirm for poor old, well-meaning Ivan, even while I was laughing out loud.

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