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The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Feb 24, 10

bookshelves: european-novel
Read in February, 2010

First read this in the summer of 1986, during a summer holiday in the Dordogne. Full of passages I've never been able to get out of my mind, like being content to be dying if you just get one day of happiness. It's constructed like a modern-day bible, with a hundred parables generated by the unhappy Karamozov brothers and their dreadful father. I was more sympathetic to Alyosha this time round - I remember reacting against his piousness on first reading, and finding Ivan a more sympathetic character. Now it seems to me that Ivan is the least fully drawn of the three, and more-or-less serves as a metaphor for a Russia speeding headling into the 20th centry and Europeanism.
I idea of making a play out of the core story appeals to me - might try it one day.
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