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The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov



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A new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. This acclaimed new English version of Dostoevsky's last novel does justice to all its levels of artistry and intention.
A new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. This acclaimed new English version of Dostoevsky's last novel does justice to all its levels of artistry and intention.

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Publish date: Mar 28, 2012
Added to Scribd: Sep 06, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780307817013
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srboone reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Astonishing work by Dostoevsky, though it does become repetitive. Existential to a fault.
bookishjojo reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Well, to me, it seems a bit ridiculous to even attempt a review of this novel. When review has come to represent observations and criticisms or plot re-hashings, there really seems to be little I, or anyone for that matter, could say about The Brothers Karamazov that isn't already known or hasn't already been said by someone wiser and abler. If I were brilliant, I could share a spur-of-the-moment haiku that appropriately captures my feelings for this story. But I'm not. Brilliant, that is. So how about this: it's Russian, it's rich and it's revered. Read it.
sullywriter_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
The greatest novel ever written.
kirstiecat reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Should be more of a 4 1/2. I think the fact that he concentrates on the funeral of a poor peasant boy vs. what ends up to be a rich and evil man says it all.

very philosophically complex this one..

And...er...I am still not quite sure who committed the major crime of the novel to be honest..and I finished it today. I learned so much about Russia in this time period through Dostoevsky. Maybe I should make this five stars instead. I'll have to think about it.
helenliz_1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
 Blimy - that was L O N G!
Not bad, just so very very long. I'm not sure I really understood the necessity for the very long diversions into the meaning of the church and philosophy and so on. I suspect a good editor would have it down to ~ 250 pages, not the 770 I've just ploughed through.
The characters seemed to be in the pantomime mould - not very real - they were all extremes, and not very believable. I wonder if the three brothers were intended as examples of the intellectual (Ivan), the moral man (Alexei) and the pleasure seeker (Dmitri), aspects of character rather than being real characters themselves. In which case this is a morality play of sorts. The pleasure seeker is tried for a crime of passion that he, in fact, did not commit, while the intellectual suffers a nervous breakdown of some regard and end conversing with the devil - having denied the existence of God. (Note, denying God also tends to lead to denying the devil too, just a thought Ivan). Alexei is the only one that comes out with any credit, indicating that is the only true path in life. Can't quite see where the illegitimate son (assuming here) Smerdyakov fits into the morality play, unless it's that the guilty will not prosper.
Just far too long winded for me to really enjoy. I doubt this will be a book I'll come back to.
wonderperson reviewed this
Rated 5/5
A bleak account of the type of world you do not wish to inhabit in underclass Russia of a bunch of brothers, the Karamatsov Brothers. Take this with some cheerful indulgent stuff as well.
All the same a fine novel that deserves the hype it deserves and the whopping 1.5GB on my HDD and 36 hours of 'reading'.
evanroskos_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
great translators! They've translated everything by Dostoevsky and they are amazing.

I started reading this and took my time -- but then had to read stuff for school! So, i only got half way and it's been 2 years. I'll have to start over, but I won't mind at all.
chriskrycho reviewed this
Rated 5/5
One of my favorite books. Dostoevsky shatters modernism and anticipates postmodernism – and manages this in the context of a novel that is archetypically Russian in breadth and scope.
hopingforchange reviewed this
Rated 1/5
Okay, so, I am biased. I generally dislike Russian lit; I particularly dislike Dostoevsky. I dislike Dostoevsky more now than I did before reading this. I will concede that the novel, particularly the last 150 pages has serious literary heft and some crazily beautiful philosophy. This does not, however, make The Brothers Karamazov an enjoyable read. I know that I sound decidedly lazy when I say this, but it's just so darned long! This book could easily have been 300 pages shorter with very little sacrificed. Overall, I can't say it's something I would read again.
leonard_seet_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
The crime: someone murdered Fyodor Karamozov, the wanton, irritable, and sadistic patriarch. The punishments: Smerdyakov, the illegitimate son, committed suicide after killing his father. Dmitri, the eldest son, passionate and immoderate like his father, whom the court found guilty of the murder, was condemned to Siberia. Ivan, the second son, who was “enlightened” and rational, struggled with the guilt of convincing his half-brother Smerdyakov that since God didn’t exist, everything, including patricide, was permitted. But as the dying monk Zosima had revealed and Dmitri soon realized, everyone was complicit in and thus implicated for the crime, since, for Dostoevsky, the web of sin entangled young and old to the extend that even children suffered from their peers’ sadism. Through his dream of the hungry and suffering children, Dmitri realized his guilt in the desire, that mustard seed in his mind, to kill his father and therefore willingly took upon the punishment for the crime he didn’t commit. In doing so, he assumed a Christ-figure, accepting punishment for another’s crime.The Legend of the Grand Inquisitor revealed Ivan’s enlightened rationalism for a humanistic dystopia, the socialist utopia that Dostoevsky condemned. Only when, in a hallucination, the “devil”--Ivan’s dark side-- revealed the parable of the learned atheist and thus rationalism’s arid futility did Ivan realized his guilt in rationalizing patricide and prodding Smerdyakov to commit it.And Smerdyakov, who mirrored Ivan’s unconsciousness and who carried the latter’s reasoning to the logical conclusion, like Judas, would not have the chance to repent or atone for his crime. In the end, Dmitri assumed his punishment. Through the tormented consciousness of Dmitri, Ivan, Smerdyakov and other characters, Dostoevsky grabbled with morality in an enlightened but Godless world, a world that he could not accept.

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