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The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 27 June 1996 / Subcategory: Classic Fiction / Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd / Title: The Idiot / ISBN 13: 9781853261756 / ISBN 10: 1853261756 / Alternative EAN: 9781604240955

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      24.07.2011 22:28
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      A masterpiece from the auther kissed by God ...

      Fiodor Mikhailovioch Dostoyevski is considered to be one of the greatest authors of modern literature. Known as not only as a magnificient writer, but also as an excellent psychologist and a a great connaisseur of the human soul, Dostoyevki discovers us a story of a modern Jesus Christ - the savior of the eighteenth century - the so called Prince Myshkin.

      In his original, pressing antd omnipresent manner, Fiodor Mikhailovich grants us a captivating narration that shows us the most unbelievable side of a human nature. His characters - positive or negative (not so easy to understand) live in our world, experience the same feeling as we do, however there inner world seems to be so different, so unsusual for us that we, the readers, don't want to recognize that we are the same and the humane race hasn't change much since the tiles of the great Dostoyevski ...

      ... Once on a train, travelling in the same carriage, there happened to meet two young gentlemen of the same age: both were young and noble, both looked interested in gettinh to know each other better and, besides both were of the same age. However, despite the silmilar appearances and mutual interest towards each other, their lives would turn out to be quite different, but they would be doomed to cross each other every time - fighting for the life a woman of dubious reputation, crossing the line of their existence, hating and loving each other until the tragic dénouement that is enievitable in this sad and very instructing story...

      One of those two - the idiot, the laughed at Prince Myshkin, the all forgiving and everybody-embracing character would show a reader with his own example the real virtue, the capacity of living for others, altruistic nature of every human being... Increadible human values in contrast to animAl like feelings and demon like inclination of others...He is, the Prince Mishkin would be the" laughing stocock of everyone: everyone who is unhappy, suffering and unable to recognise that their own bitter truth: the only way to be happy lies in sacrifying themself to others, being useful and helpful to other people and in doing good to them ...

      Unfortunately, only the unhappy illness of the poor Prince Mishkin would make them see that. The tragic events in the end would open the eyes of every single character and everyone would understant their inner misery...

      This is a story about a real hero of our days: somebody who doesn't seek fame nor glory and admiration of others. This is a story that reminds us about simple human values like love for others, appreciations of any signs of tenderness and care, self-sacrifice for the sake of others. This is also the story of treachery, cowardness and injustice that would be punished - if not externally (officially ), it would be punished internally, by our own human conscience...

      A tragic story that make us think over our human values, see the real vertues of our life and its sense.
      The story makes it clear which is the wrong way and which is the right one.

      One of the truely talented and kissed by God authors. May you rest in peace, Fiodor Mikhailovich.

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      02.12.2000 17:06

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      Is being kind, generous and warm hearted a proof of being an idiot? Well, I bet the answer changes from person to person. Dostoyevsky would say 'yes'. By introducing to us Prince Myshkin (ie. the idiot) he shows us a person that cannot find the place in the real World. Myshkin doesn't care about himself much, he cares about he loves, about poor and about sick, however this doesn't gain him any respect. It is rather opposite because his behaviour and total honesty only strenghtens the opinion of Russian society that he is an idiot. The biggest advantage of this book is that it's meaning can be applied to today's society as well. Don't we consider noble people to be idiots? Shouldn't that be changed? Shouldn't the ones that are selfish and egocentric be ostracized? Give this book to someone for Christmas - It's the time of sharing maybe they will understand and all of us will make the World a better place.

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      25.08.2000 20:44
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      The story of an epileptic, whose simplicity and goodness make him a Christ-figure. It is set in 1860s Russia, a society in turmoil. The mixture of characters is vast, typifying every part of the culture, from merchants and the decadent aristocracy, through the bourgeois to anarchists and the poor. Following the figure of an outsider, we move through these extremes, and an equal variation of emotions. Prince Myshkin, the hero, has grown up away from Russia, educated by a Swiss doctor and treated for his childhood illness. Because of this, or his purity of character, he seems unworldly, and - apparently penniless - vulnerable to fall underfoot in a greedy, chaotic world. Yet, because of his openness and accepting nature, he is soon greeted with offers of hospitality from the Yepanchin family, and a merchants son Roghozin. From the first, he is plunged into the dissolution and schemes, taken as a supporter of confidant because of his character. Christ-like, he loves the sinner though he himself behaves honestly, and it is this pity which drags the innocent prince to destruction. This goodness leaves him torn between two women, Aglaya and Natasha. Apart from the hero, Dostoyevsky creates wonderful characters, drawn by greed, lust, jealousy yet still capable of feeling and even doing good. He shows a world falling apart, where religion and the state are objects of scorn, while crazes and new desires sweep through society. As these dark drives and good intentions drive forward, the book ends leaving you wondering what is really idiocy. My favourite Dostoyevsky, this is a long book, but the compelling characters and situations keep you reading. Some of the ideas, such as Myshkin's views of execution, are perhaps directly drawn from the writer's life, his message to a country heading for the abyss. A book to treasure, and read many times.

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