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on 16 October 2017
It is not for the likes of me – educated in science, rather than literature – to give a scholarly review of one of the world’s greatest novels. But as a caustic satire on the vacuous nature of aspiring upper classes in 19th Century Russia, this work is almost perfect. The characterizations, conversations and descriptions of St Petersburg life are vivid and lastingly real. If you enjoy Jane Austen, George Eliot or Dickens, you will love Dostoyevsky.

Prepare to struggle with characters having complex and confusing names – including patronymics and diminutives. And understand that you will need a much longer attention span to follow the story details than is usual in our frenzied paced, media-infested society today.

And choose your translation with care. There are cheap ones available as Kindle books which are riddled with confusing misprints, some of which run continuously through the text. Read each edition’s free sample before making your choice. This Harper Perennial Classics edition is not bad but still contains too many irritating misprints.
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on 25 July 2017
This translation is terrible! I bought this because of the price, but there are numerous spelling mistakes, odd letters missing, and the translation makes it sound weirdly robotic. I've had to buy another copy.
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on 2 September 2015
Quality is fine for the price. Like other Dostoevsky, the characters are extremes and of different types of selfishness and pride. To be honest, I did not get on with the story because I found the characters annoying, but it is still worth a read if you have the time.
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on 30 May 2018
The cover on book advertised is different from what I received will update review once read.
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on 7 May 2013
Yes, it is quite a big book for modern readers, and it will spoil so much of what you read afterward - which will suddenly seem empty and flimsy by comparison. It is book for people who like to think about things long after the words has finished. It is also a book that will steal hours of your sleep.
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on 3 January 2015
Replacing a lost copy of Dostoevsky's work "The Idiot", this rather modern front cover was surprising but of course made no difference to the content. Quick delivery, excellent service.
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on 11 November 2016
wonderful book
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on 16 June 2016
Well written but hard going.
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on 17 March 2018
arrived as promised - haven't read yet
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on 4 August 2017
Good
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