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Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Jan 04, 11

Read in December, 2010

Yes it is very long. (Read it during vacation in August then didn't even attempt to finish it till Christmas.) And yes there is that sense I often get in Dostoyevsky of the whole thing seeming a little too contrived. And yes I for one was often a bit confused on who was really telling the story. And yet. And yet Dostoyevsky's signature blend of philosophy, modern psychology, and good old fashioned melodrama proves once again an intoxicating concoction. Contrived? It's based on true events and if the whole thing comes off as a bit dramatic or far-fetched, it is surely much less dramatic and unbelievable than the twentieth century history of Russia (or Cambodia or any of several other totalitarian states). Worth reading just to remind yourself that yes, yes, ideas do matter. And yes, stories can be powerful. Reading Demons is an experience I intend to periodically revisit. (And yes it is very long.)

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