“The Brothers Karamazov” is a classic Russian novel by Fyodor Dostoysky. It is epic in length; my edition has more than 1200 pages of small print. Basically it is a murder mystery, but the plot has been twisted again and again, so that there is no guessing at the final ending until you reach it. This book explores moral themes, depicting the struggles of its characters to attain happiness, even if at the expense of others. I appreciate this work because of its intense characters, and its very Russian feel. It is also marvelous for its unique plots and subplots. The story, however, is long and drawn out. The characters frequently stop to philosophize about God, etc, often for 20 or more pages. This makes it difficult to keep the story in mind, and can be taxing on the attention. It took me a good number of weeks to read the book, primarily because it wasn’t as interesting as other modern books. on my reading list.
I would recommend reading it merely to get a taste of a style that is uniquely Russian and a plot that is as fantastic as the novel is long.Inkweaver Book Rating: