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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Oct 10, 2009

it was amazing
Read in October, 2009

Gotta save my most perspicacious remarks for the book club meeting but, tangentially, I was intrigued in the chapter "The Devil. Ivan Fyodorovich's Nightmare" (in which Ivan is visited by a personal devil that might be real or might be some aspect of himself, depending on where you situate him on the spectrum of faith that is precisely what the novel confronts) by references to Darwinian theory and the time light takes to travel from the sun to Earth. The book was completed in 1880 and set in the 1860s, so Hippolyte Fizeau's 1849 calculation of the speed of light could well have been known, and Darwin's ideas were spreading around Europe in just those few decades, so no anachronism, but it is interesting to note that such ideas were au courant.

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message 1: by F.R. (new)

F.R. I did finish it, though with less enthusiasm than you (I think his shorter stuff is, in the main better). However, the below is most amusing:

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