November 7th, 2013

I read Brothers Karamazov. I wish there weren’t that many philosophical dialogues though. I do understand this is of the genre, and Dostoevsky had rather strong opinions on religion and philosophy, and I can appreciate the characters. But nowadays, an older me finds all these explanations and confusions and anguish related to one’s convictions boring. Maybe I have become shallow and materialistic. I do like the book. Even though I find it hard how realistic the great writers are. Alyosha reminds me of Prince Myshkin of The Idiot, and it frustrated me. Things never go right in these books for some people, as in real life. However, things didn’t go as bad, and Alyosha is not naive, just a really good person. It is a really good book, and a really good read, of course except when the people talk about Church and State and Orthodoxy and stuff. Stuff the Individualistic me doesn’t give a damn about. I liked Ivan the best, and didn’t like a bit how he ended up. This is of those books that will torment your soul and stuff, if you have one of those.

3 Responses to “Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky”

  1. Rajesh says:

    Yes, Russian literature has quite a few masterpieces .. do read The Mother by Maxim Gorky if you can lay your hands on that one. Don’t know if you are going to like it or not .. but for someone who has grown up reading Sputnik and stuff, it does hold as special place :)

  2. Sini says:

    I remember Mother. My uncle had an extensive library of Russian novels in Malayalam. So long ago though..

  3. Rajesh says:

    long time .. when is the next post coming :)