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I mostly disliked him, but I grew to like him more towards the end.

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Prince MyshkinNastasya FilippovnaRogozhin. Don Quixote is generous and open-minded. On the other hand, I found the negativity toward females gratuitous in The Brothers Karamazov. The entire novel was much like a soap opera, but a good soap opera, if that makes sense. In Prince Myshkin, Mr. View all 28 comments. May 27, Elie F rated it it was amazing Shelves: What about the less well cerebrally endowed individuals like yours truly?

That doesnt mean I didn’t love it. My favorite character was Aglaya Ivanovna. View all 81 comments. You ever been deployed to Qatar in the transition billeting tent at night, not wanting to disturb all the soldiers with your mag-light, and run into a tent wall? Come on, Fyodor, we all know you write like an immortal.

One kept running away from him, and the other kept him on the edge with her own confusion. A person lacking ability to forgive is all that Dostoyevsky’s idea of evil. She was so conflicted with regard to her feelings about the prince and loved him in spite of herself.

His mind, his heart were lit up with an extraordinary light; all his agitation, all his doubts, all his worries were as if placated at once, resolved in a sort of sublime tranquility, filled with serene, harmonious joy, and hope, filled with reason and ultimate cause.


Even the idiotic Myshkin understands that something is wrong with the general, but he lets him rave on, encouraging him in his folly. He was educated at home and at a private school. View all 13 comments. What happens when you drop into higher society a man with a title but an illness that took him away to Switzerland for all his youth?

A flawed but interesting character for sure. Under no fiocor am I to forget that Dostoyevsky truly saw in Myshkin a Christlike figure, and that he himself was committed to orthodox Christian dogma to the point of writing in a letter in How do I summarize a novel like this in one paragraph? After finishing the book I read up a bit on the background of its creation. The inexperienced prince, also loves Nastasya a kept woman he sees soon after, the best looking female in the country.

Like Myshkin himself, the novel’s intent is nearly perfect, but the execution is just a little off, a little unstable. The Idiot not only presents to the reader a complicated moral world, but also a equally complicated and idiiota aesthetic world: The sense of life, of self-awareness, increased nearly tenfold in these moments, which idioga by like lightning.

On getting drawn into a crime committed by a man mad in every sense, crazy and angry, his epilepsy degenerates into a mental illness so deep he crosses over into another land.

We want to be clever but hate it when outsmarted by cleverer person. He was arrested in and sentenced to death, commuted to imprisonment in Siberia. He always falls for the next plot, the next plan, the next person with a fidoor in their eye for how they can use him to further their own ends.

Myshkin is far from being the only character of interest, several characters spring to vivid, vibrant life whenever they appear, especially the two ladies Myshkin has so much trouble with.

He is a religious fanatic, whose conviction is so narrow-minded that he hates other variations of Christian dogma even more than atheists: What is the difference between simplicity and being an idiot? Falling in love with the youngest, prettiest daughter Aglaia, she’s 20, very immature, has crushes on idioat handsome suitor she’s introduced to.


I like that a lot.

Dostoyevsky’s father died inmost likely of apoplexy, but it was rumored that he was murdered by his own serfs. View all 35 comments.

El idiota / The Idiot

And the “poor”, those asking for a little help, how can he refuse? It is, therefore, incumbent on doetoievski reader to look past his demerits—his clunky dialogue, his exaggerated dostoievsmi, his slipshod plots—in order to appreciate his peculiar genius, if the reader is to get anything at all out of his works.

We tend to view innocence as an uplifting cleansing virtue. Rather, Myshkin comes off as rather bumbling and self-absorbed. Rents a villa in the suburbs from Mr. To cut short this review, I found this to be a deeply flawed book, one that obviously needed several more drafts before it could be really compelling. By and large, the characters are well drawn, and if many of them are either unsympathetic or a tad capricious, so be it. You ever been camping with an overcast night and straggle into the woods to take a pee, and run into a wall of shrubbery?

I do feel sorry for you though. The tale is primarily a love story and and a good old fashioned tale of good versus evil.