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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Nov 10, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, beasts
Read from November 10 to December 31, 2010

Love Dostoevsky. Had never read this before. And of course I thought it was generally very good and occasionally great. Uneven? It was much less of a burden than I anticipated, even gripping really. But when it was all said and done I wasn't as wildly enthusiastic about it as other Dostoevsky, and I think that's largely because nothing much changes over the course of the novel. The characters are set up beautifully, and the way he reveals the intense and complicated Karamazov dynamic gradually is immensely fulfilling. And it's very funny. The whole thing. It's just trapped by the volatile but constant identities of its own characters, all wrapped up in their own fates. Which wouldn't be a problem if this was a tragedy, but it really isn't. It's a dark comedy about pride and gluttony. A very good one. Tolstoy for the new year...

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