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Oilfieldbiology
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Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
I’ve had The Brothers Karamazov on my bookshelf for years (bought at a Barnes and Noble book sale on classics) and have just never picked it up to read it. Recently started listening to a podcast that talks a little of Dostoevsky’s life and I read what little was promoted about his life in the front of this book that included a listing of some of his works and when they were written.

I type all that to ask this, as one of his later works, should I hold off on reading or starting The Brothers Karamazov and read some of his earlier works first?


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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
Crime & Punishment sucked me in like a tractor beam. I could not put it down and found immense satisfaction in reading it from start to finish.

The Brothers Karamazov…not so much. I actually just put it down and traded it in for Tolstoy’s War & Peace, which I’m enjoying immensely.

That said, a lot of people on this board say that The Brothers Karamazov is their favorite Dostoevsky work, and for that I am determined to get back into it at some point.

As for his other works, can’t comment but to say that they also come highly recommended. I don’t think you need to adhere to some order.

I’d just say…if you find yourself getting stuck or not getting totally sucked in, you might want to put down that book and switch to another. I think state of mind has a lot to do with which books stick when.
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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
Crime and Punishment is his most accessible book and you should start there.


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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
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he Brothers Karamazov…not so much. I actually just put it down and traded it in for Tolstoy’s War & Peace, which I’m enjoying immensely.

That said, a lot of people on this board say that The Brothers Karamazov is their favorite Dostoevsky work, and for that I am determined to get back into it at some point.



BK starts slow but it gets very rewarding.

The problem with Dostoevesky for so many readers is that his books are dry and dialogue driven.


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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
I have every intention of returning to BK, particularly when I can devote a big chunk of time getting into the first third or so of the book uninterrupted to get that momentum going. I don’t mind the style at all; I just kept getting interrupted and had to keep rereading sections to re-familiarize myself with all of the characters. This stagnation led to frustration and I finally said to heck with it

Right now War & Peace seems to suit my current lifestyle/state of mind because the chapters are composed of shorter chunks of different stories.


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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
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I have every intention of returning to BK


I’ve tried 3 times and have yet to stick to it.


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HailHailtoMichigan!
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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
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I’ve tried 3 times and have yet to stick to it.


The book is too long, for sure.

Honestly, your best bet at this point is just to read summaries of the subsections that are dry, and really immerse yourself in the famous parts of the novel (the grand inquisitor, the chapter right before grand inquisitor, and the part where the devil visits Ivan)


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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
That’s not how I roll I am way too stubborn to do something like that. Nope, I’m going to read the whole thing, and I’m going to like it, dammit!


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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
C&P is his most accessible start there.
BK - His best book, it's the best step up
Notes from the Underground - Necessary at this point where it makes more sense, but you can read it first.
Demons. It is a must read, but probably his least interesting of the big books. You could read it second as well.
The Idiot. Where BK is his best book. The Idiot is his most sincere and deepest. Best to end on.
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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
I'm reading Brothers K now. Not my favorite but portions are great.


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re: Any correct order to read Dostoevsky?
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That’s not how I roll I am way too stubborn to do something like that. Nope, I’m going to read the whole thing, and I’m going to like it, dammit!
that’s not stubborn. That’s a non lazy way to read a book. Who the hell wants to half-read a novel


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