Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoevskyIn The Brothers Karamazov the defense attorney says about the prosecuting attorney, “”Also, he goes in for rhetoric too much, and those long sentences..”

For the modern reader, that statement is one of the problems with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s work. It is extremely true of The Brothers Karamazov. This is an interesting Russian novel – or would be if abridged in about half. When the action is moving and the characters are interacting I enjoy reading The Brothers Karamazov. Then Dostoevsky goes off into philosophical discussions that go on and on and on. The worst is the religious discussion discourse Ivan Karamazov has with his younger brother Alexi about a third of the way through the novel. I was determined to read every page of this book but that was one of the times I was sorely tempted to skip ahead.

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