If someone asked me what i think of The Idiot, I would never give them any hint suggesting it's a beautiful novel. It's probably one of the ugliest nove...moreIf someone asked me what i think of The Idiot, I would never give them any hint suggesting it's a beautiful novel. It's probably one of the ugliest novel, and sincerely I've bear much hatred on myself for picking it up instead of crime and punishment (which i hope won't be this tragic, though in the back of my mind i highly doubt that as i was typing this down)
The Idiot as many would concur dispose the journey of prince myshkin who speak earnestly in any circumstances in any topics given to him, even if such circumstances would led him to being disrespect. He is the Idiot in others eye mostly because his actions and speeches doesn't conform to what the society think is 'intellegent', and yet that was what drawn all the ppl to take interest in such a refine innocence this young fellow possess. ( I wont mention the background of the characters as it will be too long to include in here and i only intend to write this to indulge my conscience)
Trudging through the earlier chapters, an in depth introduction to all the important families and individuals with their underlying cases and dilemmas that they set upon each other is written beautifully and doesn't seem draggy enough for me to scan through the pages as with certain other novels. After impressing few people with his artistic descriptions, his talent of beautiful storytelling and honorable actions, imposing that his innocence is not an excuse for him being naive and unlearned , rather it's a quality that he obtains by valuing life more than others, after going through sickness and indulging certain experience.
The first big scene where natasya fillipovna held a party in which our idiot confesses his love, and yet out of what can only be described as madness she finally ended up going with rozghin for money? pride? shame?all the preceding pages led me to believe the prince would get natasya somewhow the most prized women in the community, beauty heralded even higher than that of aglia epanchin. "at one point myshkin described aglia as almost beautiful as natasya". and its genius on dostoevky part as i hadn't see it coming, indeed she's a mad woman for leading a life with rozoghin out of spite? And this sudden illogical action on her part spur an impetus for this story to a loveless tragedy between her and rozoghin and myshkin and aglia.
Her behavior can be explained as having a complex disorder in which she blamed herself fro being impure and not in league with myhkin despite myshkin pure and earnest intentions. She continually convinced herself that myshkin is too good for her and yet doesnt eally take rozoghin as her true patner while rozoghin have such endless love for her.
And then theres aglia, whose beauty and innocence had become coveted after natasya's erratic act which led her departure from the respected community eyes. Myshkin hunt natasya on every turn she take, not aware that aglia had already smitten by his rare qualities in a man. And the story goes on about how this three poor souls actually get on with carrying their part to each tragic ending.
So the idiot is much about romance too? not so. I would myself say its a painting of the rarest kind. in which ppl will look at it and see different things. theres a political theme, definately theres some discussion of religion and utmost importance of being original ? and the mention of being a true russian and what a true russian is like.
but to me like i said in the earlier paragraph, calling it an ugly book is not so in the form of its plot , rather i enjoyed this book so much i go flipped the last 200 pages in one day, and also, halfway through the book i wished it was thicker? ( i never imagined id ask so much of a book) it is an ugly book because it could have been a happy ending many times over, and the tragedy always comes at the peak of calm, happy no conflict moments. Despite all that i would agree if someone suggest that because of the unlikely turn of events one would have left a deeper impression of the book, and still i adhere more to the idea of all three myshkin, natasya and aglia have their own deserved happy ending. I don't care much about the few pages discussing philosophy and certain of the arguments the characters take to seem intelligible in course to impress others.
Natasya with her odd sense of ardency, aglia with her perpetual doubt of her love towards myshkin, and myshkin the idiot, not sensing what must be sensed, not seeing what must be seen. This is one book you shouldn't really explores each one of the characters emotion, u will find not a single shred of beauty in it.
The idiot which started with the protagonist being regarded as godsend and elusive being is degraded to a senseless fool by the end of the book. Theres not much to it, it's an ugly book, but i know i will read it again in the future.
I picked up Lolita expecting a wild adventure born from a provocative idea as the title would suggest. I've read bunch of reviews peeling the surface...moreI picked up Lolita expecting a wild adventure born from a provocative idea as the title would suggest. I've read bunch of reviews peeling the surface after surface of the novel in which there's discussion of morality and romance and such. My review would pale in comparison as to such review, but this as many things I'll have to impart with. Started the book, found it to be rather an easy read, compared to many of the classics i have traversed through the years, Nabokov did confess the biggest tragedy in writing this novel is that English is not his main language at the end of the copy of my book. So yes an easy read, witty in most of the parts, obsessive in which way he expresses his love towards the cheeky, irritating, prodigious at presenting distasteful conversation. The first part in which she is falling in love with Humbert is so innocent and I find it as a highly preposterous idea for Humbert to be earnestly trying to make it a reality for himself to make this child as a lover. But by the second part which Humbert successfully possessed the child, I've found that I'm on his side now, since this child suddenly had turned into such a hateful character (despite my understanding that she is in actual a plaything for him, and she probably had lost the interest in this older man and probably just want to tear this cage away and live normally) Humbert guy, i pity him, such extent he will go to just to caress lolita all over again everyday, to nod at all her commands,(again i'm aware she is under his oppressive lust and jealosy). and i do feel for dolores too such a child, to be spending her youth in such a manner, despite having quite an understanding of the world, irritatingly irritable indeed, this situation is. and after going into wild hunt, great search for his dear lolita, in the end he found out she is pregnant and living a life in which he is not right by her side, oh dear lolita why in the world would u seed such tragedy, humbert in the end is such a sad man to me, i dont think ill be able to enjoy a novel quite like this ever again, Humbert is truly a tragic cast in this beautiful novel, a murderer for all lolita's sake, a killer in knowing lolita's been taken from him in such a way by a man which lolita actually love, but that man abandoned lolita after all that?! such an end this novel has, and he'll do just about anything for lolita to be all of him, oh such tragedy.(less)