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The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Date: 20/09/01, updated on 20/09/01 (97 review reads)
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« The Karamazov » gathers a rising family drama of 3 brothers (Dimitri, burning and wild; Ivan, intellectual, idealist and intransigent; and Alexei, monk, devoted and naive) and of course the father, a horrible character that deserves only what occurs to him, because he forsakes his children and lives only in the vice and the lust. He is a cheap man and reluctant being. His sons somewhat disturbed by a sinister youth are very interdependent even when love divides them. Each one goes until the end (and beyond) of their desires, their feelings. This explains the delirious, exuberant and extravagant atmosphere of the book.
« The brothers » start by exchanging their thirst for living. They proclaim their love for life, more than for the sense of life, their love without logic, purely and simply love. And then comes the moment to treat " eternal questions ", one of them being God. And the book goes on and on.
Some admit the central topic is the parricide. For others, it will be rather the dual atheism-holiness. This multitude of topics is a sign of the richness of Dostoievski’s work. I am saying that to point out there are many other topics in the book I might not have seen but as I said I only picked what was clear to me…
Any philosophical work always leaves a certain place to interpretation. According to various readers, the direction of work can vary a little. But when this philosophy is presented in a novel, then the room for manoeuvre increases. I mean that it is up to the readers to appreciate the different levels of subjects written by the author and to interpretate them to their personal degree
I am not very good in analysing books and certainly can not build up a constructive critic on this novel but you don’t have to be graduated to see Dostoievski deliberately sto
ps on the atheism subject with the character of Ivan Karamazov; being one of the most philosophical characters to me. All the characters undoubtedly have their philosophy, their manner of designing the world, but Ivan is the most explicit. His positions are defended by eloquent philosophical arguments and are expressed clearly. Something very important to allow the readers to go through the book.
This novel gathers a police intrigue, stories of loves, theological and dazzling metaphysical talks, unforgettable characters, in particular again Ivan. The Russian heart is revealed in its conflicts between mystical rise and the personal depreciation, between the faith and atheism, love and hatred.
The reader is held on the breach permanently, thanks to effects of surprise in the succession of the events and violence of the combat that the heroes deliver between themselves and inside themselves, in their minds.
But Dostoļevski stops also on the spiritual path of his heroes, and on the supreme search of the man: the quest of the sense of life. In that, " The Karamazov Brothers " also conceals the richness of an extraordinary variety and acuity.
Dostoļevski’s literature gathers a various amount of suspense, drama, treason, love, in short words a real piece of art!
For me, Dostoļevski is so much above the remainder of the literature. Even if I haven’t read all of his work, I can safely say nobody has reached such a power. He just does it for me, he brings me right into the centre of the book and I feel totally transported and fascinated. I have the feeling to quench my thirst of knowledge and to have a brighter and more opened eye on the world. He makes you think for sure but for me it is a good reflexion. And more exactly, nobody cumulates at the same time such a power and such a depth.
The brilliant thing in the work of Dostoievski is his aptitude to put small details into dialogues making them much more important th
an they first appeared to be. He uses lots of writing styles to make it come true. And it is like reading a living book.
Dostoļevski can write on almost everything. Like Mozart, he manages to mix comic and tragedy, tenderness and cruelty, buffoonery and meditation, and so on.
The Brothers Karamazov is exciting, but it is however a thick book to start but such a revelation. Don’t expect to finish it in a matter of few days but take the time to read it. I had to go over twice on certain chapters in order to get the main idea presented but it is worth it.
Definitely a book I recommend.