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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Apr 05, 2009

it was amazing
Read in April, 2009

I think this was the most rewarding novel I have read so far. The
author demonstrates convincing insights into a thorough range of human
emotions. The novel reminds me that most of mankind is capable of
chaotic baseness and selfless dignity. Dostoyevesky's portrayal of
mankind is pessimistic and emphasizes our "underbelly", yet, he
romantically offers a redemption to our shared folly with characters
like Alexei that remind the good part of us to love and re-awaken our
dignity to live with honesty and generosity. I enjoyed Dostoyevsky
more than Tolstoy for his darker philosophical dialogue from
characters like Ivan and Kolya. I loved the Karamazov's father. He is ridiculously vile. He is bluntly egocentric and its a delight to read him wallowing in his buffoonery.

I loved the contrasting arguments of Ivan's Atheistic poem and the
following chapter on Zosima's conversion to Christianity. The theme
of destruction and chaos are especially rewarding in providing a
backdrop to our shared baseness and depravity.

For the past couple of weeks upon beginning my reading throughout
until conclusion, the novel always stirred deep rewarding emotions.
Feelings of respect, concern, and compassion seemed to accompany each
reading. Brothers Karamazov is comical, philosophically challenging, emotionally stirring, morally engaging, and psychologically enlightening. It has a fantastic exciting plot. It has masculine compelling characters. Finally, the dialogue...the dialogue ought to be read like scripture. Its packed with meaning and insight. Brothers was incredibly rewarding. I want to reread it again and again.
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message 1: by Ben (last edited Dec 03, 2009 12:42PM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Ben Right on: I felt almost exactly the same way.

Stephen This is a beautiful, and rewarding review. It was a pleasure to read. :-)

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