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The Possessed (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    If you like Dostoevsky give it a read

    This novel is harder to digest than Crime & Punishment and The Idiot. The author has a whole lot of build up before the end of the book takes off. I guess he did it for readers to get a feeling for the characters because Dostoevsky is good at characterization. In all of his books you feel like you get a first hand view of the charcters' souls and personalties.

    In this story which is set in a small russisn town, the characters form a secret society to create a hotbed of social unrest and start a revolution. The chaos that ensues causes the quintet of leaders to turn devilish and turn on each other.

    One observation I have is that Dostoevsky makes the point that anyone can manipulate and control a group even if they are off their rocker with the right rhetoric and how dangerous that can be. His social commentary in this book may still have some use today.

    I highly recommend this book and Dostoevsky's other works. I will be reading Brothers Karamazov next. Also, give Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina a read if you like russian 19th century lit. War and Peace is LONG but worthwhile and Anna Karenina may be the best novel ever written.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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