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A slow epic for a reader of yesterday,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Karamazov Brothers (Oxford World's Classics) (Paperback)
At over 900 pages this is a huge book. Elements of the writing and the story are stimulating but this is punctuated with long passages that may have appealed when the book was written but will do little for today's reader. The characters are unsymathetic and the most tedious elements of the book are their long discourses.
I gave up after about 300 pages. I would suggest that unless you have an academic interest in Russian literature you don't bother with this book.
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Initial post: 3 Sep 2009 22:29:38 BDT
J. Lockwood says:
I look forward to your review on the latest Harry Potter.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Jun 2011 13:38:23 BDT
Last edited by the author on 9 Jun 2011 13:39:08 BDT
The Man With 21 Faces says:
I've read Crime and Punishment which is brilliant in my view, nearly everything in print by Balzac; Tolstoy's War and Peace and Anna Karenina; Ulysses 5 or 6 times and even waded through Finnegan's Wake. But the Brothers Karamazov is the first book I've ever given up on. After 150 pages I couldn't remember who was who, and worse I didn't care. Just because something is in the Penguin Classic stable doesn't mean it is a classic, in my view Dostoevsky's The Idiot is both tedious and pointless. I don't read Harry Potter books and don't knock those that do, and someone giving an honest opinion of a book shouldn't need to have supercilious, sneering comments made about them.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2014 10:05:01 GMT
Amazing isn't it, that more people vote for the stupid remark by J. Lockwood than the eminently sensible comment by The Man With 21 Faces. It is the sad state of Amazon reviewing that people don't like negative reviews even when, as in this case, they are honest and clear and represent a reasonably held opinion.
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