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Mar 18, 2014 12:21PM

41147 Alexandra-- I was actually trying to comment on the speech to Yuri's aunt that he gives about the topic of social connectedness.
In the socio-cultural theory of development which emerged in Russia the 1920s or so, learning and meaning emerge through observable social interaction within a person's historical time and place. I think it relates to the materialist theory that was prominent in that era. :)
Feb 28, 2014 08:03AM

41147 Rachel wrote: "Aww, yes, that's what I meant. If Pasternak tended to go past the 2-3 name norm or it's the translation, but it's the translation.

I did want to draw attention to Yura's speech to Anna Ivanovna o..."


I am sure others here can say more about this, but I this reminds me of other aspects of social psychology developed in Russia at that time under the Soviet interpretation of materialism. In Vygotsky's view of the development of language, sound only has meaning the moment the mother responds to the child's cry, and dialogue is what first must give meaning to a person's thoughts and identity. I am sure I am expressing this crudely, but I was reminded exactly of this when I read Yura's explanation of individuals finding meaning in each other.
Aug 24, 2013 11:28AM

41147 I am interested in joining the group read for Dr. Zhivago... Does anyone want to make a recommendation on a specific translation/edition for this? I have gone with P&V for a few novels in the past.
May 24, 2013 10:45AM

41147 There is a good series made of Brothers Karamazov (2009). I ordered it through Amazon a couple of years ago but lost it in a move before I got a chance to finish it.

http://www.amazon.com/Karamazovy-Brot...

I really want The Idiot, too!
41147 It's been a couple of years since I read this, but I got the sense that Smerdyakov wanted to be accepted by Ivan -- he felt he understood Ivan's rationalism and that they shared a higher type of knowledge and morality above that of the common man. I thought Smerdyakov finally felt like an insider, or at least that he had a friend with the same temperament and thinking. Ivan found this insulting and distanced himself from this idea. The rejection after Smerdyakov carried out Ivan's amoral perspective was crushingly disillusioning.
I do see the point that Smerdyakov thought taking his life might be some kind of statement, too. That nothing matters?

Both Dostoevsky's and Tolstoy's portrayals of women is interesting. There are often these "fallen angels." Christs and Magdalenes, I guess.
May 23, 2013 04:11PM

41147 Supposedly Doestoevsky's father was a drunkard and had a penchant for deflowering the village virgins. His manner of death is quite violent and purposeful.
41147 The new version is something to experience. I liked the theatrical sets used in some of the scenes.

I want to see some of the other versions, too, though. I think there is a place for many interpretations and inspirations based off the book.
May 22, 2013 08:27PM

41147 Have we done Anna Karenina as a group read? I am not necessarily requesting it, but I do like to go back and check out discussions and maybe add to them later. I read the book almost two years ago now, but with the movie out I am thinking about it more.
Aug 08, 2011 06:58PM

41147 Sonia wrote: "Robin wrote: "Anna Karenina is my favorite, Have not read War and Peace, yet."

I think Anna Karenina is the perfect novel. Every time you read it, you come away with a different story. Actually An..."


I never knew Anna Karenina was based on Tolstoy's sister-in-law. It's very interesting to pick up some parallels with his life.
I do feel like he has an incisive view of every day human relationships.
I love Dostoevsky for his view of very extreme humans and their relationships!
Jul 02, 2011 02:40PM

41147 I just wanted to say hello to everyone and express how happy I am that this group seems to have grown so much in the last few months since I've been 'away.'. I thought I would be having more time to keep up with the group reading, but my schedule changed drastically (started taking grad classes again) and so I'm still working on Anna Karenina in short spurts! I will look forward to reading the group discussion threads for Master and Margarita eventually! Anyway, I love seeing all the great personalities and ideas in this group! Happy reading, everyone!
Apr 29, 2011 10:42AM

41147 The Idiot is probably my favorite Russian novel, with The Brothers K close behind.
Apr 28, 2011 06:19PM

41147 Has anyone seen this adaptation of The Brothers K?

I am seriously considering purchasing it on Amazon. Hopefully I'll get the right DVD.for my (USA) player; the film is a Russian production.

I saw some clips on Youtube and it looked very good! I like the idea of a miniseries for a novel of this length and complexity.
Apr 22, 2011 02:34PM

41147 Patrice... Thanks for the news about Sofia's diaries-- I was posting in the Anna Karenina thread about how the story in Anna K gave me hope that Tolstoy and his wife had an especially lovely relationship early on (compared to the tumultuous stage depicted in The Last Station).
Anyway, I now have something to add to my Christmas/birthday wish list for books! :)
Apr 22, 2011 12:45PM

41147 Damion.. I am trying to remember if Anna's age has been specifically stated, but at one point someone says that Karenin is 20 years her senior. She might have married at 18.
Apr 22, 2011 11:26AM

41147 Robin-- You're right; this is the one with Vronsky & Anna.

I've just read the part describing Kitty and Levin's courtship & wedding...
It strikes me as particularly interesting to think of Levin being based on Tolstoy's own self as he describes all the details of Levin's impressions of Kitty and how much he worshiped her; the details such as how he thought about sitting quietly with her while she opened and closed her pretty little hand seemed very true-to-life.

It was moving to imagine or realize that a young Tolstoy and Sofia must have had a similar very sweet courtship, in the light of how rocky and complex their relationship seemed to be near the end of his life as was depicted in The Last Station.
It was kind of consoling to know that they had their happiness at one time.
41147 I'll go with The Master and Margarita, too.
Apr 18, 2011 06:44PM

41147 I was really taken with Dostoevsky's The Idiot... but then I read The Brothers Karamazov and feel it is a pretty incredible book.
They do seem to share some similar elements (mostly the philosophical bent, and a few parallel characters, I think). I would still say The Idiot is my #1 and The Brothers K is my close #2 favorite for now.
I am also finding Anna Karenina to be interesting and enjoyable; perhaps I'll have to reevaluate when I finally finish it... but I find myself still fascinated by Dostoevsky, and hope to read more of his work (and maybe even re-read, something I never do!).
The two books I most anticipate are Crime and Punishment and The Master and Margarita.
Apr 16, 2011 05:47AM

41147 I am only about 1/3 or so into the book, so I'll probably be able to assess that better later, but Tolstoy does seem to help us understand the character's motives very well, and gives us a lot of details about their inner feelings, I think.
I found myself not particularly liking Levin in several places so far, which surprised me at first.
Then I read that Tolstoy's wife Sofiya said that Levin was exactly Tolstoy himself, minus Tolstoy's talent. I wonder if Tolstoy was so consciously basing Levin on himself that he decided to add enough flaws out of self-deprecation and a striving for realism, not wanting specifically to overly romanticize a portrayal of himself? I don't know if that makes sense!
Apr 16, 2011 05:38AM

41147 Cool idea for a game!
Someone else from Anna K...

Konstantin Dmitrievitch Levin
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Apr 03, 2011 07:40AM

41147 Funny, while I was reading yesterday I kept picturing the characters from the new movie production in my mind... I don't know if that helped or hurt, but I think Keira works well as Anna. I've seen her in The Dutchess, where she plays a noblewoman caught in a loveless marriage, so I could easily picture her here.
I know Jude Law has a reputation as a dashingly handsome man (Vronsky) but I think because of his age versus the ages of Kitty and Anna, he could be suited to the part of Karenin.
I've never seen Aaron Johnson in anything. His facial structure seems like it could work, but yes, he does seem young. But I did picture him as a bit younger than Anna.
I could also see Robert Pattinson or Rupert Friend in the role of Vronsky.
I just wonder who they will find for Levin. Perhaps since I just watched The Last Station, I was picturing James McAvoy.
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