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Notes from Underground & The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Mar 15, 12

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The problem I have with Notes from Underground is the same problem I had with Demons: Dostoyevsky hits a philosophical notes and then rambles for three or four pages. Once one finally got to the meat and potatoes of the story it was pretty good, and he did raise some interesting points in it, but overall Notes wandered on and on, going in circles that never found a point to get to. The Double was a bit better, as the schizophrenic breakdown of the main character is rather interesting, but also easily hate-able. It takes a bit of work to get through it, although less than Notes from Underground.

In the end, it's a Dostoyevsky book. There are worse things, but this is not his best work.
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