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review 2019-08-18 00:37
Review of Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Notes From Underground - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,George Guidall

I found parts of this book fascinating and other parts to drag a bit beyond what was necessary. Essentially this is a book about a loner/anti-hero who shares his outlook on life with us in the early parts of the story, and then shares his interactions with others for the next part. The narrator is lives a miserable existence - sufficed it to say that Dostoyevsky has an incredible ability to explain the human psyche and although the narrator has serious issues, there is a bit for all readers to think deeply on as a part of self-reflection.

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review 2019-03-05 23:57
Review of The Landlady by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Landlady - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Constance Garnett

This novella was a bit of a letdown after reading The Double.  This story was a short romance, but it did not have the depth of insight into the characters that other stories of Dostoyevsky have.  The story basically is just a boy falling madly in love with a woman he hardly knows, and then finding out that there is more to her than he knew but he doesn't care.  Then it pretty much ends.  Dostoyevsky still writes beautifully so I am glad to have at least read this.

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review 2019-03-04 23:49
Review of The Double by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Double (Dover Thrift Editions) - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Constance Garnett

This was my third Dostoyevsky book and I found it to be powerful.  This short novel basically follows a man who is slowly having a mental break.  You can't help but feel empathy for the man and want to reach out and help him.  Dostoyevsky does an incredible job of showing what is inside his characters' minds and I found myself to be moved by this story.  I would have liked a bit more resolution at the end for this to be a 5 star read for me, but overall highly recommended.

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review 2018-12-08 10:18
Mise en Abyme: "The Double" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Double (Dover Thrift Editions) - Fyodor Dostoyevsky,Constance Garnett



(Original Review, 1981-03-23)



Hammett I take to have a brilliant literary mind and to be well read in Literature. I take him to be able to know what a Byronic Hero is, what others thought about that, to have his own thoughts about it, as well as lots of other things (like about detective stories), of course. And I take him to have an idea of what a parable is and how it differs from a story, or what an archetype or double is. Take the 'double': all he has to do is READ Poe's William Wilson, or Dostoevsky’s “The Double” to get what it is as Literature. Or to read Hamlet to know how a “mise en abyme” works. He knows these things and uses them WITH THE MIND OF A BRILLIANT WRITER. A mind that processes literature not as a critic or simple reader, but as a creator of it.

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-05-06 15:06
Review of Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Poor Folk - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I decided I am lacking in my classic literature and will try to read all of Dostoyevsky.  I will take my time with it, but will go in chronological order using the years his novels and novellas were published.  This first novella was outstanding.  It was a story told through a series of letters between a man and woman who love each other, but both are struggling through lives of poverty in St. Petersburg.  Dostoyevsky seems to be great at examining feelings and while the story itself is not really a page-turner, the writing is wonderful and I couldn't help but feel like I gained a real understanding of what it would have been like to be those characters or a person in their situation.  I look forward to the next one.

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