Friday, May 19, 2017

The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I've enjoyed many authors from the 19th Century. It's good to shift gears, to read at a different pace, and to experience a different world that those authors offer. Over the years, I've enjoyed authors from America, England and France. One thing I hadn't tackled, however, is any of the 19th Century authors from Russia. I'd heard that the classic Russian authors have a dense, dark style all their own and was slightly hesitant to just grab a volume and start reading. But eventually I put trepidation aside and decided to tackle some Dostoevsky.

I can't really say that I found The Brothers Karamazov to be dense. But I did get a sense that I missed a lot of content as I tried to tune my brain to the flow of the narrative. It's the tale of the three sons of Fyodor Karamazov, a cantankerous old man who managed to amass a tidy estate and raise a dysfunctional family. The book revolves around the brothers and their relationships with their father, each other, and their friends and neighbors. Like I said, I think I missed a lot that Mr. Dostoevsky was trying to say, but I found it an interesting tale. I especially like his musings on God and religion, which are woven throughout the narrative. I'll definitely have to check it out again in the future to see if a second reading would let me delve deeper.

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