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What the community says about The Brothers Karamazov
- "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."
- "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."
- "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."
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in What are the best long books"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."
- "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. "
- "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."
- "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."