In a word, a Karamazov!

Classic book number five!

I finally did it, I finally finished The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoyevsky!

When I was way past half way done with this book, I wished I had broken my reviews down to four instead of one. But by that time it was too late.

The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking, how am I supposed to soak in everything that is in this book? I mean it’s just under a thousand pages – that is a lot of story and its tangents. Overall, I enjoyed the story, though I will admit that I don’t think I will be rereading it anytime soon.

While reading this novel, I kept thinking that I cannot believe that this basically all started over a girl. Sure, the actual murder was not because of Grushenka, but for the most part everyone thought that and the unrest between Fyodor and Dmitri was over both of them loving this woman, who was clearly playing the both of them in addition to money.

It was very interesting to read the part of the novel where the trial was described, even parts leading up to the trial. One, I think Dmitry was proclaimed guilty based off of judgments made before the trial – it didn’t seem like Dmitry was a very well liked person in the town and I think the jury was biased off that. Further, it was weird to read the towns people’s commentary during breaks from the trial, especially while the jury was discussing. Many of them talked about how they believed that Dmitry was guilty, but he must be acquitted – it would be a surprise if he wasn’t. They believed him to be guilty, but he should still be released. Granted, the charges was murder for robbery and many of them probably believed that he didn’t rob his own father – he may have murdered him, but not for the money. I’m not going to lie, I kind of thought that he was going to be found not guilty.

Something else that struck me was how Alyosha, the more moral one, cast those morals to the wind when giving his okay for Dmitry to escape. I was surprised I think because there is a lot of religious themes throughout the book and Alyosha is supposed to be the more moral one out of his family. I think maybe his brother being found guilty and Smerdayokov, even though he committed suicide, still got away with murder, shook his foundation a little. It doesn’t say it outright (not that I can remember at least), but I think Alyosha might have seen the justice system having failed him and his brother. And the justice system is supposed to be founded on morality, at least a little, and I think he lost a little faith. His brother, his only family, became more important.

I know this isn’t a very long review, but to be honest, I’m not sure if I absorbed everything. If you read this novel, let me know what you thought of it!

4 thoughts on “In a word, a Karamazov!

  1. […] The Brothers Karamazov without a doubt! I read it because one of my closest friends recommended it. Or maybe it was more that it was a book that I should read. I don’t know. When I bought this book to read, I had no idea that many non-English books had several translation editions, some easier to read than others. Regardless, it’s a very dense book and a lot of the philosophical aspects went over my head. […]

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