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The House of the Dead ~ Entire Book

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The House of the Dead ~ Entire Book

Post Number:#1  Postby Scott » 23 Dec 2007, 22:36

This is the final discussion thread for The House of the Dead. Feel free to discuss the whole book here. If you have not read the whole book yet, do not read this thread until you do because this thread will contain spoilers.

What do you think of the book? What part did you find most interesting?

I have not finished the book, so I will wait to join the discussion here until I have. (I'll be done tonight or some time tomorrow.)

Thanks,
Scott
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Post Number:#2  Postby mwo » 11 Jan 2008, 18:56

It took me about 10 days to finish this book, much longer than I'd anticipated. That's mainly due to its narrative structure, which reads like a collection short essays on different aspects of prison life. Various characters are introduced, though rarely expanded upon, which made it difficult to keep track of them, let alone feel any emotional attachment toward them. But that is also what makes this a sincere account of life in prison, free of the melodrama and forced plot devices that mar similar stories. The main character never attempts to solicit guilt from the reader, nor does he dramatize what he depicts. Life in prison is seen for what it is: A dull, tedious, painful existence wherein each day blends into the next. It is a difficult book to read, but I appreciate Dostoyevsky's terrific writing style as well as the philosophical anecdotes he conveys on life both in and out of prison.
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Post Number:#3  Postby Scott » 11 Jan 2008, 19:00

I found it surprising unemotional overall. Most prison books attempt to make prison seem so horrible. He talked about it very dryly. It is definitely a unique, and I am glad I read it.
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Post Number:#4  Postby mwo » 11 Jan 2008, 20:08

I like how the main character mentions that the outsiders' views on life in prison are exaggerated, as well as how apprehensive they become when they encounter prisoners. I'll admit that I'm completely ignorant on what prison life is like, but this book's account seems more believable than the ones that feature routine stabbings and escape attempts.
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Post Number:#5  Postby siva22 » 14 Oct 2008, 12:22

I have taken 15 days to complete this book.I like the content of the book.Well this book is all about prison life.Thanks to author.
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Post Number:#6  Postby siva22 » 14 Oct 2008, 12:23

I have taken 15 days to complete this book.I like the content of the book.Well this book is all about prison life.Thanks to author.
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Post Number:#7  Postby siva22 » 14 Oct 2008, 12:24

I have taken 15 days to complete this book.I like the content of the book.Well this book is all about prison life.Thanks to author.
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Post Number:#8  Postby siva22 » 14 Oct 2008, 12:24

I have taken 15 days to complete this book.I like the content of the book.Well this book is all about prison life.Thanks to author.
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The House of the Dead ~ Entire Book

Post Number:#9  Postby Himanshu » 24 Oct 2008, 01:38

Alexander Petrovitch Goriantchikoff is a mid-19th century nobleman who was convicted of killing his wife through jealousy. He was sentenced to 10 years in jail in Siberia. This novel is his observations of life in that prison.

The Siberian prison is the "House of the Dead." This first person narrative novel dicusses the conditions in the prison, the personalities of the different prisoners, how class distinction exists even in confinement, and how he adjusts to his new lifestyle. This book is an observation of life.
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Post Number:#10  Postby eva6206213 » 23 Nov 2008, 22:50

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Post Number:#11  Postby Hunt » 26 Nov 2008, 10:50

I loved it! It talked about prison and things like that - which the author did justice :)

I read it a while a go though...should dust it up and read it again.
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Post Number:#12  Postby jose43 » 01 Jan 2009, 14:13

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Post Number:#13  Postby haiwasnm » 16 Feb 2009, 10:39

hope to you finished the book As soon as, i like this
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Post Number:#14  Postby naruponk » 18 Feb 2009, 03:16

I just read a half of this book, will take more time to finish :o
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Post Number:#15  Postby FloorStore » 23 Feb 2009, 20:09

I love reading this book. very interesting.
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