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The Greatest Novel of All Time

The Brothers Karamozov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


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ian Scott Paterson

posted June 10, 2009 at 8:32 am

Are you posing value statements as fact, Dr. Jones?
How very postmodern of you — Ian

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Mark Van Steenwyk

posted June 10, 2009 at 9:18 am

Tony, I agree. There must have been something in the water in pre-revolutionary and revolutionary Russia that has inspired some of the greatest novels ever. Period. And the Brothers Karamozov is the best of the bunch.

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posted June 10, 2009 at 3:29 pm

I managed to get about 1/4 of the way through before giving up in despair of ever finding a plot.
So many people love it though. I must just be uncultured.

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posted June 10, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Tony Jones: Agreed
Kristen: Some books offer plots, some offer worlds. There’s a plot in there somewhere, though.

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Tyler Mahoney

posted June 11, 2009 at 12:07 am

Woah, woah, woah, is this book even in Oprah’s Book Club?

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Alan K

posted June 11, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Two for two. First, “Kashmir” and now “The Brothers Karamazov”. Thanks for helping us think about whatever is pleasing, commendable, excellent and worthy.

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Dave H.

posted June 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

I’ve never recovered..

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Kevin Pent

posted June 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

There are few books that speak to me profoundly; this is one of those few. In my estimation it trumps even Tolstoy’s War and Peace and is without a doubt, my fav!! Dostoyevsky leads an entourage of some of the greatest authors ever: Turgenev, Tolstoy, Pushkin, Chekhov, Akhmatova . . . A country with one of the bleakest histories imaginable has produced some of the worlds greatests artists!

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posted June 18, 2009 at 12:54 pm

The words of father Zossima(sp?) are more inspiring to me than most of the devotional books I’ve ever read.

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