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by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Honestly, I'm not really all that sure where to start with this story. I noticed that when I read it before I made a comment on how it can be pretty difficult to follow, but that is understandable considering it is written from the point of view of a man (which doesn't have a name by the way) lookin...
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink
Folding Paper & Spilling Ink rated it 4 years ago
This one missed the mark for me. I think my lack of enjoyment for this book stems in part from the fact that I am reading it now, in my late 30s, rather than when I was younger. I've reached a point in my life where irredeemable (and in this case hyperconscious) characters hold little to no appeal f...
jwilley44 rated it 5 years ago
The first part of this book is filled with plenty of insights but in my opinion it was a bit tiring. The second part of the book however was everything you would expect from Dostoyevsky and was really great.
shell pebble
shell pebble rated it 5 years ago
Everyone in this work is dispiritingly familiar, the unreliable narrator especially so. He is despicable, but arouses intense sympathy!
kennethjmcginnis rated it 5 years ago
Alexis Hall
Alexis Hall rated it 6 years ago
Deeply depressing, obscurely philosophical, with a horrendously broken protagonist... yep, that's Fyodor.
JasonKoivu rated it 6 years ago
Madness...This is madness, I tell you! Or worse, it's philosophy, some sound, some twisted in counterintuitive logic. In the first part of Notes for Underground the narration reads like the journal of a rambling genius or psychopath. It's difficult to decide. This section had my mind wandering in a ...
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd]
Emad Attely [The Book Nerd] rated it 6 years ago
The general idea of this fascinating novella is about a man who is ashamed of everything in his life. He thinks that he's walking under a clouded sky and through a dark road in which he can't see anything clearly, but deep inside his soul he knows that it will end badly! He has a very complicated mi...
Carlo rated it 6 years ago
A seminal text of Existentialism, Notes from Underground is one of the finest works of Dostoyevsky, and one that captures the special quality that is most distinguishable in him. His characters are irrational, passionate, full of zeal and enthusiasm, who find themselves in circumstances that capture...
Julian Meynell's Books
Julian Meynell's Books rated it 6 years ago
I read this book for the first time over 20 years ago and returned to reread it. It is a brilliant book. It's so clever and complex that I hardly know what to say about it. It is better than the Brothers Karamazov and clearly one of the best books ever written.Extremely well written. The main ch...
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