Tuesday, September 9, 2014

F. Dostoyevsky

 This blog will be about Fyodor Dostoyevsky's greatest novel, in my opinion.. Dostoyevsky has written some of the great novels of all time! His most well known work, arguable, Crime and Punishment, however i would say that the novel that put out the greatest impact was The Brothers Karamazov. TBK had not only an intense story line centered around the conflicts of a messed up family but it contained underlying themes that have a huge impact on today's world. The novel covers everything from the importance of a spiritual belief to the idea that God may or may not exist. The Brothers Karamazov share one thing in common, a father. That father, Fyodor Karamazov, has three sons, Ivan, Alyosha, and Dmitri and 2 female interests. Ivan and Alyosha share a mom whereas Dmitri does not. The brothers all go off on separate paths that eventually cross one another. The fact that the brothers are somewhat disconnected not only by blood but by interests leads you right into the heat of the problems this family shares. The three brothers share a journey of heartbreak, lust, religion, morals and lawlessness. This journey leads to the breaking of family ties, love for those already betrothed, a spiritual journey and a gruesome murder. They encounter plenty of intriguing and unique characters along the way who all have a part in what eventually becomes one mans trip to Hell and another's to Siberia. Bringing it all back, Dostoyevsky had a mind that most people can only dream of having. He authored some of the greatest novels of all time such as Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and of course, The Brothers Karamazov. His novels are filled with not only major life lessons and themes but with story lines that will last throughout the ages.

2 comments:

Michael said...

Patrick! You should read my favorite Dostoevsky novel, Notes from the House of the Dead (Zapiski iz myortvogo doma)... It's a semi-autobiographical novel about the years Dostoevsky spent in prison camp... Oh, and, don't forget, there were FOUR brothers, not threee... Smerdyakov was Fyodor's son, too... Forgetting that got the old man killed.

Patrick Grudzien said...

Gaah! I feel like an idiot forgetting the son of the village idiot! I swear i know the novel well!