The Brothers Karamazov
The Brothers Karamazov (1880) is Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky's final, and perhaps most masterful novel. It is a deeply passionate and philosophical novel that delves into the difficult terrain of free will, morality, faith, doubt, and reason, with an ever-modernizing Russia as its setting. The Brothers Karamazov has influenced a wide range of figures, including Freud, Kafka, Einstein, and Pope Benedict XVI, and is regarded by many as the Best Book Ever Written. It took him two years to write, and Dostoyevsky had intended it to be an epic trilogy, but he died less than four months after it was published.
The narrative itself contains different perspectives which are embodied in its main characters: the four brothers Karamazov who are the spoiled materialist Dimitri, the tortured intellectual Ivan, the (illegitimate), cruel and meddling Smerdyakov, and the kindly, spiritual Alyosha, who is the Dostoevsky's hero. Each brother represents a different dimension of the Russian spirit, and in some ways a microcosm of the whole of mankind. Some consider this as much a work of philosophy as a novel, but it is also a murder mystery, a courtroom thriller, an examination of corruption, religious institutions, and a satire of human corruption.
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February 09, 2014
I'm kind of hesitant to read it because of the cover... A hanged kitty... 0_0
December 22, 2013
Not only a masterpiece of classical literature, this book is also beautifully read. I recommend downloading the book, so to follow the reading.
October 17, 2013
September 24, 2013
This was a doggy good book
September 21, 2013
Reading Dostoyevsky is not merely an aesthetic pleasure; it's food for thought at its best. His meticulous probe into the intricacies of human psyche reveals strickingly poignant truth about the darker side of each of us. This coupled with Dostoyevsky's unshaken Christian beliefs renders the work a New Testament come alive.
August 09, 2013
That man is little to be envied, whose sees no divine sparks in these pages. A sense pf wonder required.
July 06, 2013
If anyone who left a 1-star review had actually read the book, they would understand what the cat on the cover is a reference to... There's a good reason this book is considered the pinnacle of western literature.
June 20, 2013
This is not a book for the simple minded (as u may notice by the comments on all the 1star reviews). But if u read seeking depth on a philosophical and theological level, it doesnt get any deeper then this.
May 17, 2013
One of the greatest!
May 15, 2013
This is fucking shit
May 07, 2013
February 04, 2013
Have not read it yet notni yave read it already
October 22, 2012
Poor kitty i wont read it because the cover theres a dead kitty cat and i love kitty cats :(
September 05, 2012
September 04, 2012
August 22, 2012
I love this book
July 05, 2012
Great story, but, why put a dead kitty on the front cover?
June 12, 2012
Why would they put a poor kitty hanging dead ...
June 09, 2012
June 05, 2012
Fantastic novel and it is amazing that despite the great differences in time, language and culture the same basic questions and challenges in life remain!
May 23, 2012
One of the best books ever
May 09, 2012
Very well written and enjoyable.
April 16, 2012
Blah blah blah
March 20, 2012