Francisco Silva (volcaos) wrote in bookart,
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The Idiot by Dostoyevsky

my first dostoyevsky book. Yay, i really really liked it. the decadence of the people and the boredom of the people is amazing. The Idiot's main character, Prince Myshkin (an epileptic and therefore "idiot")is actually the inly intelligent and good person in the whole book. He gets his life completly screwed by the idiots around him but hey.

It kind of reminds me of Chekov in the way in which the aristocracy is portrayed as an absolutely bored class in Russia of unproductive slobs who do nothing but socialise and criticise everything about them while doing nothing. Still he has immensly deep characters like Natasya Fillipovna and Aglya Yepanchin, strong female characters, yet extremly disturbed ones.

Another thing worth noticing is the fact that behind all the cold intrigue and love story(s) is an immense sense of humor in Dostoyevsky, he is genuinely funny when he talks to the reader or explains something to the reader, some of the characters are downright ridiculous in a good way (not Jar Jar Binks funny). It is also a deeply political work, very worth reading. I just wish I could read it in Russian. Oh well.

4.5/5
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