18 books finished in 2015: The Brothers Karamazov

18 books finished in 2015

That Karamazov
sure was an awful father!
Also, things happened.

I bought this book, and probably started reading it, way back in August of last year. I knew it would be a slow read, but still put it down many times. One problem was that I read it on my kindle, and long, rambling paragraphs would last for pages and pages on that device, and I’d often fall asleep before the end of a section. Then, the next night, I’d have to backtrack to the beginning, because I had completely lost the train of thought. Maybe this just isn’t a bedtime reading book? I do know that, once I committed to reading it in longer sections during the day, I made more progress.

Thoughts? I don’t have many. I feel like it was too much book to process. I even wrote to a friend – an English scholar/teacher – and asked him what to think. He sent me a number of response papers written for a graduate course on Dostoevsky, and I realized that this is a book that might require deeper study. (Perhaps I’ll have to audit that Dostoevsky course next time it’s offered. How nerdy would that be?)

 

 

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One thought on “18 books finished in 2015: The Brothers Karamazov

  1. Good for you for finishing!! I set down the book a couple months ago and haven’t been able to bring myself back yet. I’ve enjoyed (most of) what I’ve read, there’s just. so. much.
    I keep needing a break from it, but I’m confident that I’ll finish eventually.

    Perhaps I should look into some research/deep study of it — a Dostoevsky class would be incredibly helpful (nerdy yes, but probably great too).

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