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Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Classics)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  906 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Notes from Underground, The Double and Other Stories, by Fyodor Dostoevsky, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

Paperback, 464 pages
Published June 1st 2008 by Barnes Noble Classics
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Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read Notes from Underground and White Nights in this edition. They were very compelling and interesting.
May 19, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Having read Dostoevsky's other major works, I was eager to read this collection of his shorter works. They are quite different from his other works. I enjoyed some of them, but they weren't really what I was expecting. Unless you're really into Dostoevsky, this collection can wait.
Read Notes from the Underground from this version, not the other stuff. :-P
Nick Riso
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Dostoevsky's the master for a reason
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Didn't enjoy White nights as much as I probably should have purely because of how uncomfortable it was. Reminds me of situations that happen all to often as a result of idealization and the spoon feeding of young girls that they will get they're Prince Charming. She said that he was perfect in every way he just didn't quite live up to the standards set by the culture at that time. The Moral is really to never fall in love too fast, It can happen overnight, especially if it's your fir
Bob Dutch
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

The Barnes and Noble edition is a great little collection of Dostoevsky's short stories and novellas that feel like short stories. Don't read the forward in advance, just keep in mind that the main character is always a narcissist.

The Double: One of Dosto's earlier works, featuring Kafkaesque magical realism before Kafkaesque was a thing. Unusual narrative style. I should have read Gogol's books first, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the story. 5/5

White Nights: If you told my past self th
Blake Simpson
I can see why Dostoyevsky is known as a master psychologist. You need to give your full attention to Dostoyevsky's work. You need to read with your heart and mind and really dive into the characters. I think this book will help people gain more empathy for others and their circumstances instead of merely calling others crazy.
Blue Caeruleus
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literature
I wouldn't exactly call these stories light reading, but I think Dostoevsky is more digestible in short bursts than in his lengthy novels and this makes him all the more enjoyable! His perception of human psychology was ahead of his time and in many ways remains relevant to this day.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Overall, the stories were just....'whelming'. None of them really sparked an interest and about two of them just had me rolling my eyes. Maybe it's just a matter of meaning being lost in translation that can't be conveyed unless its in the original language? All in all, just a bit disappointed...
Joseph Ozias
Dec 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This says I've finished reading this as I've finished a few of the novellas, but I have yet to finish reading it in its entirety. When I do, I will update for sure.
Karen Lynn
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Can a man of perception respect himself at all?" ~Fyodor Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting. I've been wondering if I've exiled, can I write a good book.
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books where I feel like a lot of it went over my head as there were breaks in my reading of it. Plus, it's Dostoyevsky.

My main thought upon finishing Notes from Underground is: how sad. How sad that the narrator is his own worst enemy. And he tries to justify it all. I need to think about it a bit more, but for now my thoughts are not very coherent on the matter.

Adding on:
The Meek One: Another sad story. In some ways sadder than the first because the narrator is in many wa
Oct 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have
Dostoevsky's collection was a rather difficult read for me. I wanted to do it justice by really thinking about what I was reading. It took me longer to get through it than is normal, but I still think it was a worthy read.

I've heard that Dostoevsky was a genius and I definitely think that comes through in his writing. In spite of the cultural and period differences, there is still a relevant cross-current through each of his works. Philosophically, I think Dostoevsky understood a lot about human
Aug 27, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dostoyevsky is a great writer who paints a scene and an emotion so precise that there is no question what he is trying to say in the writing. My problem was his existentialism. There were 5 short stories of his in this collection. One after the other he poured his tortured soul and mistrust of society out on to the page. It actually began to mess with me psychologically at one point and I had to put the book down for a few days. I think that I would have been better able to take his "heavy" stor ...more
C Joy
Frankly I don't know where to start. The text was overwhelming and mostly dragging, but there were some stories that were interesting.

This collection of stories are mostly on the philosophical, monologues of unconventional heroes who shy away from society. I read for entertainment and I picked this up so I could read one of Dostoevsky's works, because I liked his "Crime and Punishment".

I'm not exactly an intellectual, and this one felt like a reading material for school. I'm just a reader who wa
Oct 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone should read this
The first time I read Notes from the Underground I was repulsed by the main character - but after a second reading you realize that The Underground Man is a rare hero - a hero of the modern condition. The scariest part about the Underground Man is you may see some of yourself in him. Deeply philosophical and perhaps Dostoevsky's darkest work. Not the similarities to Taxi Driver starring Robert Deniro.

The early short novella The Double is also inlcuded and is a great work! The story is very kafka
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Notes from Underground in an electronic edition on my iPhone. It's the first book I've read on my phone all the way through. By the end I really liked the observations the narrator was making but it took a while to grow on me. The whole book is a rant by a depressed narrator about his in-the-moment crud, stuck in the contemplation stage of half a dozen pay-back schemes that he can't bring himself to act out. But it grew on me, I have to say.

For phone readers I recommend the iBooks app. T
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, read-again
Dostoevsky strikes again. From the gradual mental degeneration of Golyadkin in "The Double" (at parts reminiscent of Jekyll and Hyde and Kafka's "Metamorphosis"), the ultimate heartbreak of the "White Nights" dreamer, the Underground Man's masochistic commitment to self-humiliation, to the dawn of the degenerate utopia in "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man," the characters in the novels (all male) succeed in exacerbating their shame, misery and isolation, not so much because of external events, but ...more
Aug 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1860s, scorpio-writer
Though this, the so-called "first piece of existentialist literature" was not the easiest read I've ever had, there definitely are some things in this text that I'll take away with me.

Most of the folks who I've heard talk about this book and Dostoevsky in general refer to him not so much as a novelist but a psychologist that happened to be a novelist. I think I'd agree afer reading this work. Dostoevsky so broke down the "Underground Man" that sometimes I thought that these were some thoughts th
What I want to know is how I can possibly be the only person to give this 1 star. Perhaps it is because I only read Notes From the Underground and perhaps it is also because I read it the day before school started as summer reading (though, to be fair, even after days of discussing it, I still did not like it or understand it) and perhaps it is even because I frankly don't understand it (or much of the Russian literature I've read for that matter). So I guess I'm not one to judge.
Lorna MacMenamin
Aug 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Told through first person narrative, this book unearths in my opinion one of the most unlikeable characters I've ever come across - a complete anti-hero. He opens the book attacking the enlightenment and rationalism and rants the whole way through about the flaws of modern society. I had this on my university book list for existentialism and only read it a few weeks ago! Really should have flicked through it at the time!
William Eck
An uneven collection. I'm not sure how good the translation is. Some of the stories, like "Dream of a Ridiculous Man," are quite moving, while others, like "The Double," are almost unreadable. I would recommend this book for "Dream of a Ridiculous Man" alone, but there may be better translations out there.
Oct 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
depressng--depressing, but so true; classic Dostoevsky; I enjoyed the first part with the main character's philosophical rant more than the second part; narrator is beautifully crafted into this disgustingly deplorable human being that captures so much of the overly educated, middle class--like if Ivan from Brothers K was an only child and alone.
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is so dark, so brooding, so self-deprecating and so AWESOME so far that I am in love. Read it if you think Nietzsche was right in saying Dostoyevsky was the greatest psychologist of all time.
Matthew Walton
"Is there suffering on this new earth? On our earth we can only love with suffering and through suffering. We cannot love otherwise and we know of no other sort of love. I want suffering in order to love."

Micah Rasmussen
(400 pages)
Fyodor Dostoevsky is by far one of my favorite authors. If you are interested in literature than give this a read. Include some of his best work.
Nov 07, 2010 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Only read NFtU and put it down. (2011)
Matthew Dunn
Apr 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arguably, the first and greatest existentialist literary novel. As it has been said, "it is worth much for its tone."
Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: partially-read
I only read the first story, "The Double", and I must admit that I was completely confused by it.
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