The Idiot

The Idiot

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The Idiot is a philosophical novel by Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky, first published in 1869. It tells the story of Prince Lec Nikolayevich Myshkin, who returns to Russia after spending years in a sanatorium in Switzerland.
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  • Summer Xia
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Such an intensely brilliant story, but pretty difficult to get into. It's fairly dry writing, so it took me a minute to get into the right frame of mind for it, but once I did, I was lost in the text. The world he writes is vibrant."
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  • Diana Bailey
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I found this a wonderful book. It is a classic thought-provoking novel, one of the best by Dostoevsky."
  • Susan Brewer
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Though this is not the best known Dostoevsky novel, The Idiot deserves more recognition as a brilliant work from a very talented author. I picked it up on a recommendation from Jordan Peterson and I was very pleased! A great story and a great read!"
  • Amber Walsh
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I believe this book does not fit into this category. The reviews talk of so many different parts of emotions throughout the books, but they do not talk of how difficult it is, but how easy it is to translate."
  • Christian Hoffman
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I might get some hate on this, but I don't really like this book. It's considered a classic, but I found it really boring. It just couldn't keep my interest at all. It didn't draw my in into it's world or characters."
  • Eugene Ellis
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This very powerful novel portrays perfectly how non extreme problems like choosing between two girls who you love can really mess up your moral compass and slowly turn you into something you'd never think you'd ascend too. Masterpiece of a book "
  • Christian Alvarado
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "Dostoevsky's novel about Prince Lec Nikolayevich Myshkin is a classic. The dialogue is lifelike and believable, and really drives the story, like in so many of Dostoevsky's works. There are a lot of characters and if you're not familiar with Russian names it can get a little confusing, but it's definitely worth a read."
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  • Devansh Jindal
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I thought I was on the road to dullsville. I thought 'could my old pal david foster wallace steer me wrong?' So much of this went over my head, but you know what? I buckled down, read every page over three or four or five or six or seven times and then read the synopsis online. And you know what? Eventually, I got it. great book!"
  • Anna Fowler
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I just finished reading this book and absolutely loved it. Why did I wait so long to read this book?! I love how Fyodor Dostoevsky developed the characters and the hero is someone that you can really root for. "
  • Gary Diaz
    Written on April 25, 2018
    ""The idiot" is a great book. The story blew me away and the translation was very good, at least what I mean to say was how well it was to read, so whoever translated it from Russian did a good job making it readable."
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