The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

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9 Critic Reviews

...I would pretty much have to drag you back to chapter one and work my way up. I will revise that to say that it doesn’t vivisect well, because The Brothers Karamazov is as close to a living inanimate object as I have ever seen.
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The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel.

 

About Fyodor Dostoevsky

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881), one of nineteenth-century Russia's greatest novelists, spent four years in a convict prison in Siberia, after which he was obliged to enlist in the army. In later years his penchant for gambling sent him deeply into debt. Most of his important works were written after 1864, including Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and The Brothers Karamazov, all available from Penguin Classics. David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. David McDuff was educated at the University of Edinburgh and has translated a number of works for Penguin Classics, including Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.
 
Published March 24, 2016 by North Point Press. 828 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality, Children's Books, Law & Philosophy, Action & Adventure. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for The Brothers Karamazov
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Reviewed by Ezrasteelman on Aug 12 2011

...I would pretty much have to drag you back to chapter one and work my way up. I will revise that to say that it doesn’t vivisect well, because The Brothers Karamazov is as close to a living inanimate object as I have ever seen.

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Reviewed by Ezrasteelman on Aug 12 2011

I shirk from describing any of them with mere adjectives because of the sheer depth of the characters, it would be about as insulting as if one starting running around applying epithets to one’s friends and neighbors.

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Reviewed by JUSTIN HAWKINS on Jul 19 2012

We read old books because they can tell us things about the world; they can tell us things about the world because some things about the world do not change.

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The Rumpus

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Reviewed by CHRIS HUNTINGTON on Dec 28 2011

For most of my life, I had avoided The Brothers Karamazov because I was afraid it would somehow encourage all my neuroses...I read The Brothers Karamazov. It was like making a basket at the buzzer. It was just what I needed, exactly when I needed it.

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The Gospel Coalition

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Reviewed by Trevin Wax on Apr 18 2007

The Brothers Karamazov is not for the faint of heart. It is, at times, difficult to read. At other times, its story is captivating. And, as always in Dostoevsky’s works, the depth of thought behind the philosophical questioning is what makes the book stand out.

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Reviewed by Dennis Abrams on Jun 07 2011

Its got murder, an investigation, and a trial. Its got sex. Its got jealousy. Its got atheists, novices, and everything and everyone in between. It’s surprisingly comic.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

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on Feb 28 2011

Dostoevsky is someone you read for intellectual stimulation, not entertainment. (Well, not someone I would read for entertainment.) Is he a great writer? Yes. Is this book deep and meaningful? If you share Dostoevsky's religious views somewhat, then yes. But this is not the kind of book I can imagine loving...

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RatRaceRefuge

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on Aug 19 2014

You should read The Brothers Karamazov for the historical view of Russia and for deep insights into the nature of mankind but I wouldn’t recommend this book for lively reading pleasure.

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Reviewed by David White on Dec 22 2015

That such lessons are learned every day does not diminish their power, and that Dostoevsky could demonstrate them, could use evil for good, shows him to be a great Christian author and the Brothers Karamazov to be a great Christian book.

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