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    Posted: 18 Mar 2010 at 07:09

Dostoevsky is a man for whom I have become most fond, for many different reasons. His Brothers Karamazov is a novel that I have been meaning to read for some time. I'm not altogether sure why it is that I have chosen such an imprudent time to take on the task, as it is not a read that I intend to take up hastily. That being said, I have just finished reading through Book I, and find the build up already mounting. It's sure to be everything I've thought, and been told, it would be. As I mentioned earlier, I intend to read this novel with a certain sense of acuity that I should probably strive to apply in most everything I read; but knowing myself -- in customary arch.buff fashion -- I will probably end up applying that good ol' Western can-do attitude, roll up my sleeves, and just try and finish the entire book unscathed, as I have been advised by not a few bright chaps that the book is a quite formidable thing, laying waste to even some of the most persistent of wills.

Without giving away any not common-knowledge about the novel, did any of you enjoy the story? The concepts and the subject matter Dostoevsky chooses to treat should help to ensure itself an eternally important story for mankind.
 
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You are probably long finished by now, as this was posted a substantial time ago. I wanted to respond, however, as I am currently reading the book. I also enjoyed Book I greatly, though I admit that I am now finding it difficult to finish Father Zossima's recounting of his life. I find the exchange between Ivan and Alyosha particularly meaningful to me. I feel like I really started paying attention during that portion.
I have read a few books by Dostoyevsky, and I try to read one Russian author a year, so I do have experience with Russian literature, particularly in the 19th century as I am a 19th century addict. I am fascinated with the cultural dynamics of 19th century Russia. I am going to admit, however, that the heavy application of religious speech is dragging the story down for me. I know this to be an integral element of the culture at that time, but I have to admit that I had to take a break.
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