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Dori wrote:Recently, along with the other books that I'm reading, I decided to pick up Crime and Punishment (by Dostoevsky, of course). I just finished Part I, and it is an amazing read thus far. Has anyone else read this?
Here's a quote from C&P which caught my attention:Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote:In a morbid condition of the brain, dreams often have a singular actuality, vividness, and extraordinary semblance of reality. At times monstrous images are created, but the setting and the whole picture are so truthlike and filled with details so delicate, so unexpectedly, but so artistically consistent, that the dreamer, were he an artist like Pushkin or Turgenev even, could never have invented them in the waking state. Such sick dreams always remain long in the memory and make a powerful impression on the overwrought and deranged nervous system.
This excerpt is, from what I've seen, just a taste of the brilliance of Dostoevsky and only proves Friedrich Nietzsche's claim that "[Dostoevsky] is the only psychologist I have anything to learn from." What do you guys think?
I also recently bought a few more of his works, including Poor Folk, Notes from Underground, The Double, and The House of the Dead. Has anyone read any of these works? Or perhaps The Brothers Karamazov or the The Idiot (which I also own)? If so, what did you think about them?
Eric Tolevsky wrote:Dostoevsky is one of the best writers that i have read. I credit him for getting me back into books.
Sweetos - I too really enjoyed the Idiot. So good.
Belenus - I might have to give the gambler a read. I have always skipped it b/c of the critics. I should never listen to the critics.
I would like to add that House of the Dead is very underrated as well.
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Hanka wrote:Oh, Crime and Punishment is very depressive book. I like Russian literature, but Dostoevsky is exception.
anu_ wrote:Begun reading Crime and Punishment two weeks ago, but the narrative seemed very slow and abandoned it after three days. Not sure whether I would ever be able to complete.
mouseofcards89 wrote:I've read everything that Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, many times over.