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Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Feb 28, 08

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Recommended for: civilization's discontents
Read in February, 2008

Dostoevsky's Underground Man promises to be the life of any party.

Over the course of this thin little book, the unnamed protagonist swirls through self-conscious agonies and flights of egotism, never afraid to contradict himself or lay bare his own self-loathing. One part book-bound Don Quixote, and one part George Costanza, this insecure little bureaucrat rages against his lot as one of the rabblement, but is completely impotent to meaningfully exercise his will. Through the intellectual labyrinths he creates in his mind, he thrashes about for whatever petty victories he can find, humiliating himself at every bend.

Notes from the Underground is the best dramatization of Nietzsche's slave morality I've read. When you finish, you'll have to wash three times to get the ressentiment off your hands. But don't scrub too hard; where the grease ends and your own flesh begins might not be so clear as you want to believe.
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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Griffin Did you say "Don Quixote"? DING DING DING! Those are the magic words of the day. Now I have to read
Notes from the Underground.


Megan Fritts lawlz.

This review was almost as good as the book.


Hugo Emanuel The George Costanza comparison cracked me up. It also made complete sense.


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