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The Brothers Karamazov

February 4, 2018
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Published: 11/01/1880
Page Count: 796
The award-winning translation of Dostoevsky's last and greatest novel. The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia.

This novel is a masterpiece. It is complex, rich, and brilliantly written. All of the characters are strongly portrayed and are not only memorable for their own sake, but through them, Dostoevsky is able to treat many of life’s greatest questions. The writer explores morality, meaning, and justice through fractured but strong family relationships. The main plot revolves around a murder that is convoluted and which ends up representing far more than the simple death of a profligate father. The three principle brothers are some of the most striking in all of fiction and Alyosha was to me particularly inspiring. This book bears much thought and should be read by all people down through the ages. It is a massive attempt by one man to study the nature of man and his relationship to his maker. A marvelous novel in every sense of the word.


  • Timothy T Lumsdaine October 6, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    This book moved me in a way few have or ever will. If it weren’t for Lewolkien, I wouldn’t have known enough about it to read it. It has gotten me interested in Russian Literature and is definitely not the last book by Dostoevsky I plan to read or the last time I will read this timeless classic. Sometimes the hardest reads are the most worthwhile, and that is definitely true for this beautiful masterpiece. If you choose to endeavor to read it, I will tell you the truth: It will be hard. It will be long. These things are undeniable, but they are both lesser truths dwarfed by this one fact: there are very few better investments you can make with your time.

  • DJ Edwardson October 9, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    What you say about pushing yourself to read challenging books is so true. It’s one of the best ways to cultivate a rich imaginative and intellectual life. So glad you enjoy this rich, profound novel. It’s one of the best of all time.

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