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The Brothers Karamazov

October 12th, 2002
Author
Fyodor Doestoevsky
Translator
Richard Pevear
Larissa Volokhonsk

The Brothers Karamozov

I have heard a lot of people refer to Brothers K as author:Dostoevsky’s crowning work, and it is a great book, but I liked Crime and Punishment more.

The Brothers Karamazov is a massive book filled with Dostoevsky amazing insight into human nature. Dostoevsky uses the novel to attack everything from Utilitarianism to Christianity and all things “Russian” or at least all things “Russian” he takes issue with. Ivan, Dmitri and Alyosha are some of the most complex characters I’ve ever encountered. The three of them form a kind of id, ego and super ego of Dostoevsky’s Russian any man.

The Brothers Karamazov is a must read in Dostoevsky’s canon, and one of the best books ever written. It helps cement Dostoevsky’s place as one of the best novelist of all time. However the sheer expansiveness of the Brothers K works against it for me and I think Crime and Punishment [confusion.cc] is a better, perhaps the best, novel.

2 Responses to “The Brothers Karamazov”

Hetal Naik Says:

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV IS A UNIVERSAL BOOK.WE DO COME ACROSS CERTAIN PEOPLE EVEN TODAY,IN ALL COUNTRIES LIKE THE CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK.ITS RELIGIOUS ASPECT IS ALSO THOUGHT PROVOKING AS TODAY IN THE NAME OF RELIGION SUCH CRUEL THINGS ARE DONE.WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHAT IS RELIGION AND I THINK DOSTOEVSKY DID THE SAME.

Hetal Naik Says:

THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV IS A UNIVERSAL BOOK.WE COME ACROSS SUCH PEOPLE IN ALL COUNTRIES EVEN TODAY.ITS RELIGIOUS ASPECT IS THOUGHT PROVOKING AS IN THE NAME OF RELIGION SO MANY CRUEL DEEDS HAVE BEEN DONE.WE NEED TO ASK WHAT IS RELIGION AND I THINK DOSTOEVSKY DID THE SAME.