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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2009

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    Great Novella

    I have only read 'Notes From the Underground', but can already tell that I will be reading much more Dostoyevsky in my lifetime. This is not an exciting book; it is a journal of a confused/enlightened man's thoughts. However, it causes the reader to think, pause, and take an introspective look at themself and analyze who they really are. This novella relies on existentialism, so it is smart to have a background on the idea before reading this. Dostoyevsky also frequently references his contemporaries, so a bit of knowledge about his peers at the time is helpful. <BR/><BR/>This is a must read for anyone interested in philosophy! This novella will cause you to think like never before, and, in that way, is somewhat frightening. Fear not, this book is a classic and should be read by everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2007

    An Outstanding Book!!!

    An undeniably powerful amalgamation of Dostoevsky's best short classics. Each instilled a life lesson upon me. For instance- 'The Double'- taught me that even in times of distress, and dire circumstances, one must not give in to his/her enemies one mustn't show a scintilla of fear or trepidation because that can lead to that person's imminent demise. You see that in our Mr. Golyadkin senior. He was not shrewd enough to undertake the task at hand. 'The Double' helped me hone my skills in socializing with people, and molded me into a more imperturbable person. 'White Nights' is a tale both beautiful, yet commiserating at the same time. 'White Nights' taught me that when you have an amazing opportunity in your grasp, you should not waver, you should pounce at it with immense alacrity. However in ' White Nights' the protagonist does not display that enthusiam, and sadly loses his love. In 'Notes From The Underground', the protagonist was a bibliophile who remained aloof from society, and for that reason was mocked viciously for it. His stubborness left a very aweful picture to his former colleagues. Even though he did not act like Mr. Golyadkin, and actually spurred for a fight in the end, he was however like the protagonist in 'White Nights', he let go the only great thing that came right into his lap. The difference that I learned between 'White Nights' and 'Notes From The Underground' is that after the girl left the underground man's home, he could have gone to her, because he knew where she lived, but he just gave up right away, while in 'White Nights' the protagonist had to stop seeing her, for he was too late in his actions, but the underground man still had a chance. So in 'Notes From The Underground', I learned that even if u still have a little window of opportunity, you should go for it and not give up so easily. 'The Meek One' was a shocking piece of work. I learned the same leasson in' The Meek One' as i did in 'White Nights'-never wait too long to make a move, never vacillate because even five minutes can make such a huge difference upon a person, as what was needed in 'The Meek One' but never was used, and because of the husband's lackluster, it led to the poor girl's suicide. 'The Dream Of a Ridiculous Man' gave me a very detailed outline of how the world gradually evolved into our modern world today. Dostoevsky beautifully explained it, and it is one of my favorite short stories by him. I would absolutely recommend this book to any one, Fyodor Dostoevsky is my favorite author of all time!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 21, 2004

    Excellent collection!

    Wow! I picked up this $5 book the other day, never having read Dostoevsky before, and I can now say, that along with Nietzsche and Tolkien, Fyodor is my new favorite author. These stories are bleak, funny and thought provoking; for $5 you really cannot beat it.

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