This book was a suggested meet up by one of our other members, Aloysius, and I loved the book so much that I wanted to read it again as one of our official books of the month. The below portion was written by Aloysius- thanks for the suggestion!
The Brothers Karamazov is often considered one of the great works of world literature, and Doestoevsky, one of the great authors.
An outline from wikipedia goes like this:
"The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia. Dostoyevsky composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which inspired the main setting. Since its publication, it has been acclaimed as one of the supreme achievements in literature."
Perhaps that is a lot to chew. But I would like to see what it is about that makes this novel so great.
A few years ago I was enthralled by Dostoevsky. Not only did I find his writing captivating, but the existential struggle of his characters, their moral torment and struggle, connected with what I thought was a very deep portrait of humanity and the human experience, and myself. I found the way Dostoevsky wrote his phrases and sentences, written so simply in a flowing manner, evoked many of the intricacies of conflicting characters, which was brilliant. Alas, this is the last second major novel of Dostoevsky I have not read (the other being The Idiot), and I would very much like to read and hold a discussion on this, a novel which I have always wanted to read but have not - the most important novel in Dostoevsky's oeuvre.
Note: Get the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation, considered one of the best.
This is a very long novel of about 700 pages and perhaps you would like to read it early - a few pages everyday - to get going. Perhaps you might like to post updates on this page so others will know how far you have gone, and this will motivate one another to read on and finish the novel as much as possible.
If you're interested, please join and let's discuss!
New to the Hungry Hundred Book Club? Here's what you need to know:
1. Read the book (If you don't manage to finish it by the meetup date, don't worry. As long as you're not going to be too disappointed by spoilers, you're still welcome to join.)
2. Come to the meeting, always on the last Sunday of every month. Due to the constant change in numbers, the venue will be announced the week of the meeting.
3. Be prepared to order food/drink at the venue (where ever that may be) to show our appreciation for letting us use their space. This is a requirement. A lot of time and effort is put into finding a place that will accommodate our group without an outrageous minimum charge or rental fee, and you'll never be asked to contribute to organiser fees, so the least you can do is purchase something at the venue.
4. Discuss! It's a casual conversation, so don't be afraid to ask questions and let us know what you think.