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Nihil Loc
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Posted 10/17/11 - 12:30 AM:
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I've picked up The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky with the hope that by writing about it here I'll actually finish the book.

We've the slob of man, Fyodor Karamazov, who marries twice and bears three children, all of which are brought up by distant relatives and the servant, Gregory. They eventually return to the home of their father.

And... stuff will be explained...
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Posted 10/17/11 - 3:20 AM:

Nihil Loc wrote:
I've picked up The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky with the hope that by writing about it here I'll actually finish the book.

We've the slob of man, Fyodor Karamazov, who marries twice and bears three children, all of which are brought up by distant relatives and the servant, Gregory. They eventually return to the home of their father.

And... stuff will be explained...



Welcome back Nihil!

I am glad that you have taken up the book. I also gave it up, somewhere halfway through, some 3-4 years ago. I hope you're giving a second chance to me also. Sigmund Freud said that this is one of the most significant piece of fiction ever penned down by any human.

Lets begin...thumb up
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Posted 10/20/11 - 12:41 PM:

i was assigned to read this book in high school, did not finish it. couldn't understand why it was considered such a great masterpiece. there were so many works of literature that i was assigned to read in high school that i found compelling, this was not one.

i'm looking forward to hearing your guys' thoughts on it though. maybe it will sway me to take it up again.
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Posted 10/20/11 - 1:49 PM:

libertygrl wrote:
i was assigned to read this book in high school, did not finish it. couldn't understand why it was considered such a great masterpiece. there were so many works of literature that i was assigned to read in high school that i found compelling, this was not one.

i'm looking forward to hearing your guys' thoughts on it though. maybe it will sway me to take it up again.



laughing We're all lazy sticking out tongue Looking at each other for motivation to read!

Jokes apart; I find Dostoevsky more compelling than most of the authors when it comes to fiction ( Though what I have read of fiction is meager!). I think I finished 'Crime and Punishment' and 'Notes From The Underground' by the same author pretty quickly. I regard 'Notes From The Underground' very highly and it's one of the most striking record of autobiographical fiction in existentialism IMO.
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Posted 10/20/11 - 3:20 PM:

i'm lazy when it comes to fiction, for sure. past the age of 20, i have read very little fiction, compared to how much nonfiction i've read. nonfiction, i find infinitely more compelling! usually! but what i do love about fiction is being able to discuss the themes. years ago i read beowulf and grendel for the sake of discussing them here at the couch, and i enjoyed both of those a lot.

what do you find compelling about dostoevsky's work, thinker?
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Posted 10/21/11 - 9:38 AM:

libertygrl wrote:
i'm lazy when it comes to fiction, for sure. past the age of 20, i have read very little fiction, compared to how much nonfiction i've read. nonfiction, i find infinitely more compelling! usually! but what i do love about fiction is being able to discuss the themes. years ago i read beowulf and grendel for the sake of discussing them here at the couch, and i enjoyed both of those a lot.

what do you find compelling about dostoevsky's work, thinker?



We have similar proclivities when it comes to reading!

Compelling about Dostoevsky's work: http://www.thecouchforum.com/comments.php?id=1779
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Posted 10/23/11 - 4:48 PM:

shaking head

As usual, its tough to get into heavy works of literary fiction.
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