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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The final masterpiece from the celebrated author of dosyoievski and Punishment” and “The Idiot. This extraordinary novel, Dostoyevsky s last and greatest work, tells the dramatic story of four brothers Dmitri, pleasure-seeking, impatient, unruly. Ivan, brilliant and morose. Alyosha, gentle, loving, honest.
Driven by intense passion, they become involved in the brutal murder of their own father, one of the most loathsome characters in all literature. Featuring the famous chapter, The Grand Inquisitor, Dostoyevsky’s final masterpiece is at once a complex character study, a riveting murder mystery, and a fascinating examination of man’s morality and the question of God’s existence.
Paperbackpages. Published June 14th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published doshoievski To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign dosstoievski. To ask other readers questions about The Brothers Karamazovplease sign up.
How do you find the character of Pavel Fyodorovich, aka Smerdyakov, in contrast to Ivan? Who among the two represents the ‘intellectual’ dimension? The character of Smerdyakov is somewhat portrayed as ‘evil,’ but what about his mind, or the way he posed his challenge to Ivan? Utkarsh Detha While parricdiio is true that Smerdyakov chose wrong means and lacked the virtues one is expected to have courage, honesty etc.
I think the reason behind this were the unjust norms of the society. Unlike Ivan, Smerdyakov the bastard had to live like a servant. He had no filial rights whatsoever. He wanted to pursue his own dreams but for that he had no support from anyone. Even though Fyodor Karamazov was the worst a father could be, his legitimate sons enjoyed certain privileges that Smerdyakov did not.
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These privileges came with their name. This was the main reason as far as I could understand why Smerdyakov devoted his intellect to petty issues, like manipulating others etc to achieve what he wanted He dreamed of moving to France.
Ivan on the other hand could afford to spend his intellectual resources on ‘lofty’ issues like the existence of god, etc. Smerdyakov was nearly as capable as Ivan, if not more. He was just deprived of the luxuries to him, they were luxuries that the name Karamazov gave to Ivan. He was able to manipulate Ivan, implant ideas in the minds of everyone and most remarkably the Prosecutor’s mind the Defense lawyer, Fetyukovich was able to see through his deception and considered him to be a very clever man.
This corroborates his superior intellect. I gave up on this book awhile ago because I disliked every single character and didn’t care to find out what happened to them. I’m thinking about going back to it now because I don’t like unfinished books. Will someone tell me if any likable characters show up? I’m not very far in and will probably have to start over gahbut I need someone to like in this book. Kyle Beaudet In the beginning Dostoevsky is showcasing all of the flaws of the characters, and intentionally makes them all fairly unlikable, except for Alyosha …more In the beginning Dostoevsky is showcasing all of the flaws of the characters, and intentionally makes them all fairly unlikable, except for Alyosha whom is described as being like a cherub.
Though by the end of the novel do not be surprised if you are finding pieces of yourself in each and every character. See all 38 questions about The Brothers Karamazov…. Lists with This Book. Sep 07, Rawley rated it it was amazing. If there was still any doubt, let me confirm that this actually is the greatest book ever written. But be warned that you need to set aside a solid month to get through it.
And it’s not light reading–this is a dense work of philosophy disguised as a simple murder mystery. But it’s well worth the effort. It tackles the fundamental question of human existence–how best to live one’s life–in a truly engaging way. Dostoevsky created 3 brothers Ivan, Alexei, and Dmitri with opposite answers to th If there was still any doubt, let me confirm that this actually is the greatest book ever written.
The Brothers Karamazov
Dostoevsky created 3 brothers Ivan, Alexei, and Dmitri with opposite answers to this fundamental question, and set them loose in the world to see what would happen.
A testament to Dostoevsky’s genius is he didn’t know how the book would evolve when he parricidio writing. As a consequence, the book really isn’t about the plot at all, but about how these brothers evolve and deal with their struggles based on their differing world views.
Dostoevsky articulates, better than anyone, how human beings really are what I would call “walking contradictions”.
Perhaps all of our struggles in life boil down to the reality that we desire contradictory things, simultaneously. If you like your novels with good character development, this is the masterwork. Dostoevsky’s characters are more real, more human, than any other. At different points along the way, you will identify with them, sympathize with them, curse them, agonize over them, celebrate them. You will be moved. Reading this book was a deeply personal experience for me, because I saw myself in one of the characters, and I didn’t like what I saw.
My worldview, in fact my entire direction in life, shifted as a result of this experience. I can’t guarantee the same results for you, but you owe it to yourself to set aside the time, someday, for the Brothers Karamazov. Be sure to read the Pevear Volokhonsky translation. View all 34 comments. If you like your books to move in a linear fashion this book is not for you. It hops around and attention must be paid or you will find yourself flipping back a few pages to reestablish the thread of the story.
I took this on a plane flight, crazy right? Not exactly the normal “light” reading I take on flights. It was a stroke of genius. I absolutely fell under the thrall of Dostoyevky’s prose. Thank you to my fellow travelers who didn’t feel the need to chat with the guy who obviously is so f If you like your books to move in a linear fashion this book is not for you.
Thank you to my fellow travelers who didn’t feel the need to chat with the guy who obviously is so frilling bored he has resorted to reading a Russian novel. I zipped through three hundred pages like it was butter and found myself absolutely captivated by the evolving drama of the Brothers Karamazov, the women that drive them crazy, and the father that brings to mind the words justifiable homicide.
I have to give a plug to these Everyman’s Library editions. A page novel that feels like a page novel. Despite the smaller size, the print size is still easily readable.
I will certainly be picking up more of these editions especially the Russian novels that are translated by the magical duo of Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Translators Volokhonsky and Pevear One of my complaints, when I was in college, and liked to torture myself with the largest most incomprehensible Russian books I could find, was that the nicknames and diminutives of various Russian names increased my frustration level and decreased my ability to comprehend the plots.
I certainly spent too much time scratching my head and reading feverishly to see if I could figure out from the interactions of the characters if Vanky was actually Ivan or Boris or Uncle Vashy. I did not have that issue with this book. Despite a plot that skipped around I did not experience the confusion that has marred my memories of other Russian novels.
This is the story of the Karamazov family. The father Fyodor and his four sons. There are three legitimate sons Dmitri, Ivan and Alyosha, but I believe that Smerdyakov is also an illegitimate son, though not confirmed by the author given the tendencies of Fyodor to hop on anything in a skirt I would say chances are pretty good that the boy is a Karamazov.
The recklessness at which Fyodor lived his life is really the basis of the plot. The motivations of the other characters all revolve around reactions to the careless and insensitive behavior of the father. Dostoyevsky wrote a description of Fyodor that still gives me a shiver every time I read it. Besides the long, fleshy bags under his eternally insolent, suspicious, and leering little eyes, besides the multitude of deep wrinkles on his fat little face, a big Adam’s apple, fleshy and oblong like a purse, hung below his sharp chin, giving him a sort of repulsively sensual appearance.
Add to that a long, carnivorous mouth with plump lips, behind which could be seen the little stumps of black, almost decayed teeth. He sprayed saliva whenever he spoke. Given the description above I can only speculate that gallons and gallons of good vodka must be in play to achieve this end.
His oldest son Dmitri is also in love with this young woman and as they both vie for her hand the tension between the Karamazov’s ratchets up to dangerous levels. Dmitri while pursuing this dangerous siren throws over Katerina, a girl that he owes 3, rubles.
After Fyodor is murdered It was similar to waiting around for someone to kill J. The murderer is revealed to the reader and as the trial advances the tension increases as we begin to wonder just how the truth will be revealed. There are subplots with Father Zosima and his life before becoming a monk. Alyosha, the youngest son, was studying to be a monk under Zosima’s tutelage, but becomes embroiled in the power struggles of the family and leaves the monastery to seek a life in the real world.
Alyosha also becomes involved with the care of a dying child named, Ilyusha who is in the book to illustrate the heavy burden that the seemingly inconsequential actions of people can leave on others.