The Idiot [NOOK Book]

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Twenty-six-year-old Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin returns to Russia after spending several years at a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by the society of St. Petersburgh for his idiocy, generosity and innocence, he finds himself at the center of a struggle between a beautiful kept woman and a gorgeous, virtuous girl, both of whom win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin's very goodness seems to precipitate disaster, leaving the impression that, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium ...
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Overview

Twenty-six-year-old Prince Lev Nikolayevich Myshkin returns to Russia after spending several years at a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by the society of St. Petersburgh for his idiocy, generosity and innocence, he finds himself at the center of a struggle between a beautiful kept woman and a gorgeous, virtuous girl, both of whom win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin's very goodness seems to precipitate disaster, leaving the impression that, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium may be the only place for a saint.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011948626
  • Publisher: Baxter St.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2003

    Good Book for the Educated Reader

    I must say that this is a very interesting book. The in depth analysis of the main character (Prince Myshkin) kept me captivated for hours. I must say however that while reading this book it can be helpful to keep some sort of log of the characters. Because there is a multitude of characters and each of these characters has a full name, shortened name, and nickname things can get confusing. Also, there are many footnotes (this is understandable because of the book having been translated) which leave the reader constantly flipping around to read them. However, if you can triumph over these things, this is a truely wonderful book that explores an entirely fascinating subject.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    The Idiot: more than a classic.

    The Idiot is a book often assigned in schools, but rarely read because it sounds like a boring old 'classic.' Nothing could be further from the truth. Though The Brothers Karamazov and Crime & Punishment are more famous, The Idiot represents perhaps the purest expression of FMD's uncategorizable worldview. The title character is an epileptic (like the author) who is at once guileless and insightful. His candor and forgivingness sets him apart from society, making him an object of both fascination and resentment. Though a highly 'ideological' novel, it is also a soap opera, full of affaires, intrigues, and violent episodes. It's a page-turner you can re-read every few years.

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  • Posted April 25, 2012

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    The Idiot is one of the greatest novels ever written, and I high

    The Idiot is one of the greatest novels ever written, and I highly recommend everyone read it. However, you should be careful of which translation you read. DO NOT read the Constance Garnett translation, of this or any other book. Garnett is known to have taken substantial liberties with both the text and tone of all the novels she translated. Instead I recommend either the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, or the Carlisle translation, links to which I have posted in the sidebar.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2006

    A revealing classic

    This is great intellectual work that we should to take seriously in general, a book to read with a serious mindset. Then you will understand the unique nature of Russia which our western minds have difficulties to comprehend. This strange land called Russia that has a bigger soul than any other is explored here in this story in a way that only Dostoyevsky unveils. Read it and you will finish it enriched. The Idiot is a thoroughly enjoyable novel of ideas that explores the nature of man and society and gives you a better idea of man and his actions. You shouldn't find it strange that the characters are philosophical, impulsive, introspective, energetic, colorful, and extreme in their passions. That is Russia, a land of extremes. This book is likely to impact you. It is one of the few of our times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2000

    Penetrating look at nineteenth century Russian society

    In order to completely enjoy 'The Idiot', you need two things: patience and more patience! Although the reading wasn't particularly difficult, it is dense, wordy prose that totally immerses you into the setting. Like 'Crime and Punishment', the action in 'The Idiot' is kept to a minimum in lieu of deep, psychological reflection. This technique makes the journey through the 600+ pages both compelling and worthwhile. It will change the way you view the human condition. Some advice: you may want to 'warm up' to this book by reading 'Notes from Underground' and 'Crime and Punishment' first to get a sense of Dostoevsky's style.

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