The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

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The Brothers Karamazov is Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final novel. It tells the story of four brothers―Dmtiri, Ivan, Alyosha, and Smerdyakov. Dostoyevsky writes about 19th-century Russian life and talks about religion, ethics, and morality.

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  • Nicholas Cook
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I thought this would go over my head. The thing about Dostoyevsky is that he wants you to understand his pt. It's not subtle. He rally drives it home and it's repetitious. But other than that it's really intelligent and a stone cold classic, any way you slice it. The ethics and morality that the brother's experience is crazy, y'all."
  • Kevin Taylor
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book paints a great picture. It explores Russian life as it was."
  • Kimberly Stevens
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Now we're talking. I mean, this is no joke. This is the real deal, and I'm not surprised David Foster Wallace recommended it, although it does not really matter to me one way or another. The thing is, this novel is a really deep dive in the human condition, in all its crazy, breathless, inspired and weird splendor. The book is massive, by any account, and I must admit that some sections are a bit on the heavy side (full disclosure: I skipped a few pages of the endless discussion about religion section), but the novel is dauntingly inspired, and feels like the work of a mad, sad and beautiful genius. His characters are deeply complex, often delusional, dishonest, some of them are pure and generous, but they all try to make sense of their world and fight like madmen to survive the odds. And some moments ring so strikingly true you feel like you're in the room with the characters, living their whole insane, petty drama by their side. Quite the experience."
  • Madison Ford
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a good translation of this book despite what some might say. They obviously don't speak Russian like I sometimes do and am therefore able to completely understand the nuances between each version. I've read this work at least 8 or 9 times at this point and have read all of the different version of it, so I consider myself among the more advanced readers among these other reviewers. One should definitely read this translation if they want to get the full experience and to appreciate the various subtleties that are sanitized out of other translations. The reader will feel the full gamut of emotions while reading this fantastic work."
  • Jacob Garcia
    Written on February 13, 2018
    "The best translation, hands down. As far as the story itself, no other writer comes close to Dostoevsky in painting the different shades of human nature. A must read."
  • Louis Lewis
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "If you have a book bucket list, put this on it! The Brothers Karamazov is so freaking awful you have to read it at least once, I'm not kidding its horrible."
  • Magdalena Paredes
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "There are a lot of different books from the Gilded Age but I think my favorite has to be The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This book was really informative across a few different subjects and the story was really entertaining."
  • Scott McDonald
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book was a little boring for my taste. It probably has to do with it being translated from Russian. It was interesting learning a little about Russian culture though."
  • Grace Fisher
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book has just enough drama and mystery in it to keep you reading but there were times where the language just didn't flow well because of poor translation. Other books by him were worth the months I spent reading them, but this one felt like it was lacking personality."
  • Huang Dong
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Brothers Karamazov is a very interesting book that tells the story of four brothers and their life in Russia. I really like how the book is is based around Russia in the 19th century since it gave me an opportunity to see how the old ways of living were. "
  • Jorge Luis Galindo
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "This book does a good job of getting its point across and introduces religious context and spirituality through the four brothers. The Brothers Karamazov is a great book of using the story line to help the reader understand a powerful concept. "
  • Sandra Ramirez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Very long novel and not something I see myself reading again. It took me forever to get into it. It's one of those books that can possibly put me to sleep. I made sure to read on to see if it would get interesting and it's lacking in that department. "
  • Bobby Lewis
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Wow is all I can say after I read this book. Fyodor Dostoyevsky does it again with his final novel. While no as Crime and Punishment this novel tell a great story even though at time the translation is a little hard to understand in certain parts of the book. The print of the book that I had was abit hard to read but it was still very good. "
  • Vihaan Rangarajan
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Brothers Karamazov is one of my favorite Fyodor Dostoyevsky books. However, I am not sure what that has to do with a book list of Daria Morgendorffer."
  • Stephen Spencer
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This is Dostoevsky's final novel and many consider it to be his greatest. Dostoevsky gives an accurate portrayal of Russian life through this story of Fyodor Karamazov and his three sons. The book delivers a sensitivity and beauty not often found in modern literature."
  • Ishan Sen
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I want to get some books that will impress people when they see them. Giant books with lots of pages. I came on here to find the best books that are over 800 pages. I was told to get The Brothers Karamazov. I have it, now I just have to read it!"
  • Evelyn Butler
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Maybe not your usual existential book but this book does make one think about existence. It is a classic of literature and has been praised for years so I will agree that it is an amazing book that suits a lot of genres of book."
  • Rosa María Herrera
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This book is definitely a long, suspenseful novel. It is a murder mystery and involves some courtroom drama. There are multiple voices throughout this novel waiting for you to read it"
  • Brian Carter
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Great book that every man should read at some point in his life. "
  • Kenneth Alexander
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I was a bit scared away from this book initially just because of the size of it. Typically I like my books to be fairly short and sweet so I can move on to the next one but I decided to give this a shot and it was so worth it. The writing is fantastic and the characters really come to life as you read, definitely worth a read."
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