The Idiot

The Idiot
Fyodor Dostoyevsky
4 stars

the adventures of Prince Myshkin. A mental patient who is cured, falls in love with one woman, is scorned by her, falls in love with another young lady, the first woman intrigues to break them up just to show she can, he is forced to choose between them, chooses the first woman, she leaves him at the altar for a former lover, who then kills her in revenge, the second woman marries badly and becomes estranged from her family and the Prince ends up an Idiot back where he came from.

Not uplifting at all in my opinion. I liked the story overall, but the author skipped whole months near the beginning and then would spend inordinate amounts of time recounting peoples speeches. There were times I wondered if I was reading some sort of political/theological diatribe, which to be honest, these writings are. It’s under my belt, done with.

2 thoughts on “The Idiot

  1. This is one of my all time favorite novels. I just love Dostoevsky. Reading his novels is like stepping into a worldwind. I’m sorry you didn’t get anything out of it. My husband doesn’t care for him either. He says,”Just how many people can Dostoevsky squeeze into one room?”

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    1. At some point I’ll be doing a re-read and I’m hoping to get a better handle on why I don’t care for him. Or maybe I’ll enjoy the heck out of it this time around ๐Ÿ˜€


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