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The Gambler/Bobok/A Nasty Story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Feb 13, 2011

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Recommended to Erik by: Janny Marie Willis
Recommended for: Dostoevsky fans
Read in June, 1974 , read count: 1

My first serious girlfriend being an expert, much inspired and informed by Dostoevsky, I devoted months to reading all I could find written by him. Fortunately, I was working as a security guard at the Chicago Women's Athletic Club on Ontario and Michigan at the time, a job which basically required that I sit at the service entrance and handle the occasional delivery. Mostly I read and wrote, eight hours a day at work, two in travelling to and from work--a very constructive time!

Of these three pieces I found the novella, The Gambler, excruciatingly boring, perhaps because I've never shared the author's obsession for gambling. A Nasty Story was fine, but unmemorable. Bobok was intriguing because it was unlike anything else I'd ever read by Dostoevsky. I don't usual appreciate, or maybe even notice, Dostoevsky's humor, but this story struck my funny bone.

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