The Idiot / Dostoyevsky

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I concur with Buzz. I thoroughly enjoyed the full length and breadth of Dostoyesvsky's descriptions. The idiosyncrasies were delightful and there was a wealth of imagery to unpack. Perhaps the group would be well served by an agenda of items to discuss (e.g. themes, characters, imagery, political/ social background etc). Conversation would flow more richly if members had read at least 25-50% of the set text before attending. Also, this would be equitable for those on the waiting list.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Although my work has kept me too busy for recreational reading and I didn't finish the book, for me Dostoevsky's characterisations were detailed and engaging (eg General Ivolgin disappearing for 30 minutes and then reappearing with his moustache dyed). The religious themes were also intriguing: Nastasia as a metaphor for Mary Magdalene, the Prince as a moral 'saviour' capable of influencing other people's conduct, etc. Luckily, in our group Gary had some Dostoevsky expertise to share, which I found enlightening and interesting; especially as related to the socio-political and to Dostoevsky's character and thoughts on his own work.

    Five stars and I can't wait to finish it!

    April 8, 2013

  • SATISH G.

    Book too long to finish. At times, rather boring due to the over-stretched descriptives, one tends to lose the plot. A good meeting though. Pleased to meet some interesting new members. SATISH

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good discussion on a book I found quite hard going!

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry. Great book, but I can't make it on Sunday.

    April 5, 2013

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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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