The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

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by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
     
 

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Generally considered one of Dostoyevsky's greatest novels, on the surface it is the story of a patricide in which all of the murdered man's sons share varying degrees of complicity, but on a deeper level it is a spiritual dramatization of the struggle between faith, doubt, reason, and free will.

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Fyodor Pavlovitch did not get a penny this

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Generally considered one of Dostoyevsky's greatest novels, on the surface it is the story of a patricide in which all of the murdered man's sons share varying degrees of complicity, but on a deeper level it is a spiritual dramatization of the struggle between faith, doubt, reason, and free will.

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Fyodor Pavlovitch did not get a penny this time, for the general's widow was furious. She gave them nothing and cursed them both. But he had not reckoned on a dowry; what allured him was the remarkable beauty of the innocent girl, above all her innocent appearance, which had a peculiar attraction for a vicious profligate, who had hitherto admired only the coarser types of feminine beauty.

"Those innocent eyes slit my soul up like a razor," he used to say afterwards, with his loathsome snigger. In a man so depraved this might, of course, mean no more than sensual attraction. As he had received no dowry with his wife, and had, so to speak, taken her "from the halter," he did not stand on ceremony with her. Making her feel that she had "wronged" him, he took advantage of her phenomenal meekness and submissiveness to trample on the elemen...

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ISBN-13:
2940014402804
Publisher:
Sheba Blake Publishing
Publication date:
05/09/2012
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NOOK Book
File size:
746 KB

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The Brothers Karamazov 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
FlamableSteve More than 1 year ago
Constance Garnett is terrible. Do not get an book translated by her. Get the David McDuff translation or the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation. This is the best book I have ever read. Hands down. The first 30 pages or so(first 'book') is somewhat dull, but after the story begins to pick up, it is the most fascinating book you will ever read! The plot is good. It is a fascinating murder story. I couldn't quite classify it as a mystery, as the intent of the book isn't to figure out who killed 'him', but it is nonetheless intriguing. What is more important, though, is the philosophy. The book is largely an exploration of a variety of religious questions. Those, I will let you ponder for yourself. The greatest virtue of the novel is the characterization. Dostoevsky an incredible ability to paint a character portrait. 5 stars... For the better translation!
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This book changed my outlook on life in so many ways. The chapters 'Rebellion', 'Grand Inquisitor', and 'The Devil: Ivan's Nightmare' are literature at its finest.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I definitely enjoyed this novel. Although it was written over 100 years ago, the issues brought forth in the book still linger today. Religion, psychology, passion... I thought it very interesting that each of these brothers were so very different. What I especially found interesting were the arguments discussing the necessary elements of being a good parent. I definite recommend it as a good read...it's lengthy, but quite interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book it was the greatest book ever