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AllbyMyRelf
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The Brothers Karamazov
I’m near the end—Ivan is in his last interview with Smerdyakov. Is there a bigger psychopath in literature than Smerdyakov? His character isn’t even developed that much, but he’s such a pos
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re: The Brothers Karamazov
Can you blame him?

BTW, congrats on getting through what I believe is the best novel of all time.
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MissTiger91
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re: The Brothers Karamazov
I’m 100 pages in and it is slow going. Does it pick up soon?


AllbyMyRelf
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Maybe not soon, but it does pick up It’s definitely worth enduring.


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DeCat ODahouse
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re: The Brothers Karamazov
It's not so much that it picks up as much as draws you in.

There is tension and menace that builds among the characters, but the compelling thing is that presence of evil starts to loom larger than the storyline. Vaguely, but like somewhere in the room over your shoulder instead of on the pages in front of you.

At that point the philosophical exchanges between characters provide a lifeline out to you, but darkly, almost thru a prism. And somehow in the midst of reading it, you come to feel the opaqueness is caused by your current surroundings, not the fact that you are reading a 19th C. Russian book.
Weirdly mesmerizing and rewarding.


AllbyMyRelf
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Nice ekphrasis


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Marciano1
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I’m 100 pages in and it is slow going. Does it pick up soon?

Wait til you get to "The Grand Inquisitor" chapter. GOAT.


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Wait til you get to "The Grand Inquisitor" chapter. GOAT.


This right here.



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MissTiger91
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re: The Brothers Karamazov
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Wait til you get to "The Grand Inquisitor" chapter. GOAT


Good to know. I already think it’s a great book, it just doesn’t keep me up at night (yet). I’ll soldier on.


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I’ll soldier on.


That's a perfect term for it. I gutted through that book once. I understand it's importance in literature, but didn't like it.


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AllbyMyRelf
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re: The Brothers Karamazov
Finished


MissTiger91
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Finished


How many stars do you give it?


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Marciano1
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Finished


AllbyMyRelf
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re: The Brothers Karamazov
One of the best books I’ve read. The ending wasn’t as satisfying as I had hoped, but I don’t know what I was expecting. Still 5/5 stars


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