The Brothers Karamazov [NOOK Book]

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The Brothers Karamazov is considered to be one of the greatest novels in Western Literature. Published in 1880, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tackles some of the most important concepts in philosophy and religion; the existence of God, morality, free will, reason, doubt, and faith. Readers such as Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud found his work extremely significant. A great story that weaves between the material and the spiritual, The Brothers Karamazov is one that should be in ...
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Overview

The Brothers Karamazov is considered to be one of the greatest novels in Western Literature. Published in 1880, Fyodor Dostoyevsky tackles some of the most important concepts in philosophy and religion; the existence of God, morality, free will, reason, doubt, and faith. Readers such as Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud found his work extremely significant. A great story that weaves between the material and the spiritual, The Brothers Karamazov is one that should be in everyone’s reading collection.
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  • BN ID: 2940148735359
  • Publisher: lighthouse publishing
  • Publication date: 8/12/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 785 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2010

    This e-book is NOT the Pevear\Volokhonsky translation!!!

    The cover that you see belongs to the Pevear\Volokhonsky translation. If you buy this e-book it is NOT THE PEVEAR translation. This is a Gutenberg press book, not the pevear. I am quite disappointed.

    21 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2011

    Do not pay for this!

    Good thing I downloaded the sample first, or I too would have been drawn in by the cover that claims to be the Pevear translation. Don't spend a dime on this freely-available Project Gutenberg edition:

    "The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever."

    16 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    more from this reviewer

    "Don't judge a book by its cover."

    Shame on you, Barnes & Noble, for using the cover of the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, when it is actually the Project Gutenberg edition. The Brothers Karamazov is a great work of art, but some translations are far superior to others.

    13 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Incomplete version

    This version of the brothers karamazov is an incomplete download. It leaves out about 20% of the book.

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    This Nook eBook is NOT the version on display!!!

    The Brothers Karamazov's translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volonsky is wonderful, the very best so far.

    BUT it is NOT what you see when you open this Nook eBook. The translation you see is by Constance Garnett, made early in the 20th century. And worse, it is a public domain version made available by the Gutenberg Project long ago....

    This is just unbelievable!

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    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2000

    It slowly changed my life. It's still haunting me.

    I think I am going to read this wonderful book again. There is so much life and passion in it, that reading it again will definitely enrich my soul even further. I want to tell you how this novel changed my life. It was recommended to me by a Russian Orthodox priest who considered it the best source of Russian Orthodox spirituality in literature. So I read it. I read it because at the time I was striving to become a true Orthodox Christian myself. The result, however, turned out the opposite: I lost any faith I ever had in the truth of the Church and all its dogmas. This book gave me an idea that if there is God, it is certainly not what we are taught He is. I think that in this work Dostoevsky reached the very height of what I would call 'a war with oneself'. He created this unforgettable contrast between what he wanted to believe (and, indeed believed at times) and what he actually was going through in his spiritual search, which were probably indescribable spiritual torments of doubt. I now have this indelible image of Ivan confiding in Alesha, arguing with Satan and, at last, denying God himself in his search for the truth. It was he, who stirred my whole being and it was Dostoevsky himself speaking through Ivan with the most profound sincerety and desperation. On the opposite, Dostoevsky introduces Alyosha, who didn't doubt, but just loved and believed. This young man, according to Dostoevsky's plan, is a prototype of Jesus Christ himself, a man in whom the truth is open within, a man through whom one can truly feel God's love. It is a fascinating character, although, Dostoevsky depicts him in the light of Christian Orthodoxy, as an example of TRUE spirituality, as opposed to any other spirituality. Nevertheless, if we were to take liberties in the interpretation of the work, put the dogmas aside and look at Alyosha as a human being, then we could boldly say, that this young man IS the embodiment of love, truth and godliness. I really would want to at least resemble such a person! And in the midst of this spiritual struggle, there is murder, treachery, repentance, love and comedy, which bring the characters out into your own life. I just love this book! I love the brothers, even though they are so different! There are so many things to love 'The Brothers Karamazov' for, but it is for this brave, but nevertheless desperate challenge to our faith, and at the same time, a great example of living it, that I praise this book so highly. It is truly as rich, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring as life itself. P.S. I highly recommend the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. It is the most correct and true to the spirit of the book translation available. By the way, they also translated 'Crime and Punishment', 'The Demons', 'Notes from the Underground' and lots more, so I recommend those as well. And if you really would like to get the feel of how Dostoevsky DID NOT write, try the translation by Constance Garnett! It is outdated and, frankly, in some places she took liberties at what to leave and what to take out. I read 'The Brothers Karamazov' in Russian and English, going line-by-line sometimes and discovering those literary atrocities all along the text.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2011

    Great book, horrible translation

    My biggest recommendation would be to pay for a $0.99 copy. This is unedited and unless you are very good at skimming over major typos, this will add an additional challenge to what some would consider a very challenging book. Fantastic story though!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    I'm nearly finished with Dostoevsky's brilliant book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in classic literature. Dostoevsky had the proclivity to inundate his novels with a copious amount of religious fervor (which reflects the years in which it was written..circa 1878-1880 C.E.), however, that in no way diminishes the overall experience. Dostoevsky deserves my utmost respect, and now takes his place alongside such iconic figures as: Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Edgar Allan Poe.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    Wow.........................

    This book is incrediable, an absolute materpeice. Although at first the sheer size is intimidating, Dostoevskies writing style is so wonderfull that the pages simply fly by. Also you if you study philosophy you see where latter philosophers(Nietzsche, Sartre, and many others) got many of their prominate ideas. I'm not going to comment on the actual book, because it is so profound, deep, and a sheer joy to read, that it woild be almost sinfull to spoil the suprising turns and plot twists. JUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2012

    Long and Boring

    I don't recommend this book. Now, I'm going to admit here that I've learned that I'm not a fan of Dostoevsky. Perhaps I'm not smart enough, or maybe it's that I just don't have the patience to sit and think about the undertones to his work. But I find his work just to be too long-winded and pointless.

    I definitely believe that for books of this era, you really have to be familiar with the political and cultural aspects of the environment in which they're written. Of course, some of his dialogue concerning religion is ageless, but he also had a purpose in writing about it at that particular time.

    Moreover, I also think that many books of this just too long. Back in the day, when people didn't have movies, TV, the internet, or cars to drive them places, I'm assuming that people didn't mind staying home to read more. But man, there so many unnecessary details in this book it's just ridiculous.

    My mom read this book many years ago, and she said she never really did figure out the point in it. One of my friends said he stopped reading it halfway through because it was boring.

    I soldiered through it just so I could say I read it, but I'm not taking anything away with me for having done so.

    Recommend skipping this one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    A Book Well Worth The Effort

    I was asked recently "Why Dostoevsky." This from a Russian who admires Tolstoy. I will never try placing either Tolstoy or Dostoevsky above the other as they are both astonishing writers, but when I answered for Dostoevsky, I used almost only this book as my reason why. Firstly Karamazov is a very deeply written book. The characters are monoliths, they are not a one dimensional representation of a person, but real people. Next the events in the novel are drawn very carefully and beautifully. There is love, desire, anger, hatred, understanding, and everything in between. The most famous part of this novel is of course the "Grand Inquisitor" scene. It alone would guarantee this books immortality, but there is so so much more. Its worth the time required to read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    A classic story

    The greatest soul writer of all times and great contributor to human psychology successfully created a beautiful and amazing dynamism between the Karamazov brothers that has been the core of many stories after involving siblings. There is the unreliable father, the old Fyodor Karamazov whose life dominates his sons and whose death casts a huge shadow on their future.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2006

    Brilliance sheer brilliance

    What can you expect from a man who left petersburg in chains becuase his writings went against the tzar and the politics going on? Or a man who endured 6 months of the silent treatment in solititary confinement because of those very writings? Dostoevsky's novel is just brilliant. Character development, and his understanding of the human soul, the good, the bad and the disgraceful. It is a true work of literary art and if you happen to be into philosophy, you won't be a true philosopher till you read it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Brilliant

    This book was fantasticin the fact that the character developments were flawless. Each character, while labeled in some way, was fully rounded and made you feel like it was a real person you could know.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2006

    You NEED to read this

    I've read hundreds of works in contemporary literature. This is by far my favorite novel ever. This work has few rivals for sheer substance and character developement. This is the masterpeice of a master. Everything you need to know about life is in this book. Alyosha Karamazov is the best character I've ever encountered, he is the ulimate hero of moral virtue.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    Block-off a month to read this one!

    The book was extraordinarilly long and there were several slow sections. But the dialogue between brothers in dealing with the issues of God and humanism are second-to-none. The reader is challenged to introspectively decide what they believe and how to deal with their own prejudices. Dostoevsky's societal picture is one hundred years ahead of its time. You'll be utterly amazed. The translation was a little rough, forcing the reader to make grammatical changes (i.e.: 'It was you (who) killed him!). It is worthy, though, of its 'classic' genre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2013

    Yea

    Bad fakey

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    A great classic

    I am not sure regarding earlier reviews. This book is the Constance Garnett translation. It is the same as the1957 softcover unabridged copy from an Existentialism class. I can't speak of other translations but this one was good enough for university study. Not only is it a good story but, it lays down philosophical foundations. Moral questions are asked. While Dostovesky is said to believe in God at core he has presented a legitamate altenative to the three temptations of Jesus. It is a deep book. A look at Russian character is interesting. Has it changed?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2012

    An edition I have not read before.

    So far I am enjoying it very much. I like tthe style of the interpretation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2012

    DON'T WASTE GOOD SPACE ON THIS BOOK!!!!

    I read this bok over the summer for AP lit, and I hated it. The writing is very hard to understand, and the story is hard to get into. I wouldn't waste goo space on this book. Also, there are a billion different nicknames for each of the characters.

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