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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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i've really got to make more time to read more of dostoevsky's books, i read crime and punishement and loved it, the first few pages didnt interest me much, (first time reading a russian writer) then when i got into it, it was captivating and i particually like the idea of the superman theory expressed by the protagonist rasknilkov, (damn i've probably forgotten the proper spelling.) the alienation, human exile and angst really stood out and created the stark yet stuffy setting. the multiple forms of human suffering evoked deep emotiongs. the police station reminded me of kafka and his courts up in the attics, the same connotations were implied too. however crime and punishment borders on a marxist ideal of dangers of excessive individualism, which suits dostoevsky himself.