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Notes from Underground & The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Jul 16, 08

Read in June, 2008

Dostoevsky is such a brainiac. It's amazing to see such a mind in action. I don't know if his intent is lost in translation, but you kind of see how humans don't think like this anymore. He's just so extrapolated in his existentialist whims. The first few lines "I am a spiteful man" sucked me in, but I felt it was misleading. This book was so DRY to me. And well...that's Dostoevesky. But I felt Crime and Punishment was just an incomparably better work than Notes or the Grand Inquisitor. Haven't Read Brothers Karamazov, so the latter story seems to lose its relevance on me. It's a fairly quick read if you have a high tolerance for difficult word syntax.

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message 1: by Janet (new)

Janet Pinkham I read the Brothers Karamazov in high school. In fact, I wrote my senior paper on it. I'll just e-mail my paper to you so you'll know what the book is about without having to read it. Oh wait, it was written on an electronic typewriter. I'm old.

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