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    I ve been trying to review this book for over a week now, but I can t I m struggling with something How do I review a Russian literature classic Better yet, how do I review a Russian literature classic without sounding like a total dumbass Hint It s probably not going to happen First I suppose a short plot synopsis should be in order The Idiot portrays young, childlike Prince Myshkin, who returns to his native Russia to seek out distant relatives after he has spent several years in a Swiss sanatorium While on the train to Russia, he meets and befriends a man of dubious character called Rogozhin Rogozhin is unhealthily obsessed with the mysterious beauty, Nastasya Filippovna to the point where the reader just knows nothing good will come of it Of course the prince gets caught up with Rogozhin, Filippovna, and the society around them.The only other Dostoevsky novel I ve read was Crime and Punishment, so of course my brain is going to compare the two Where Crime and Punishment deals with Raskolnikov s internal struggle, The Idiot deals with Prince Myshkin s effect on the society he finds himself a part of And what a money hungry, power hungry, cold and manipulative society it is.I admit that in the beginning and throughout much of the novel I felt intensely protective of Prince Myshkin I got pissed off when people would laugh at him or call him an idio...


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    If Raskolnikov was the charismatic murderer whose side I took despite myself when he killed an old woman out of greed and broke down psychologically afterwards, Prince Myshkin is the supposedly good, childlike Christ figure whom I failed to like at all Just do make it clear from the beginning I liked the novel just as much as Crime and Punishment and Notes from Underground, and I found it just as compulsively readable The cast of characters is magnificent My sole problem is the character of Myshkin We are not a likely pair to hit it off, of course.He is a religious fanatic, whose conviction is so narrow minded that he hates other variations of Christian dogma even than atheists Yes, that s my opinion Atheism only preaches a negation, but Catholicism goes further it preaches a distorted Christ, a Christ calumniated and defamed by themselves, the opposite of Christ It preaches the Antichrist, I declare it does, I assure you it does I am an atheist, but strongly in support of tolerance and respect beyond the narrow boundaries of one s own convictions So I will give Myshkin a pass on his fanaticism, knowing full well he wouldn t give me one, considering his reaction when he heard his benefactor had converted to Catholicism.He is a Russian nationalist, believing in expanding Russian dogma to the West Not letting ourselves be slavishly caught by the wiles of the Jesuits, but carrying our Russian civilisation to them, we ought to stand before...


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    There are many reviews of this book making out that Prince Myshkin was Christ like, a truly good man who lived for the moment A holy idiot, or accurately, wholly idiot indeed is what he really was Why did they think Dostoyevsky entitled the book, The Idiot if he meant The Man who was Innocent and Really Good or The Man who was like Jesus The title wasn t any kind of irony, it was about an idiot.Prince Myshkin had spent years in a sanitarium for his epilepsy and returns to Russia where he trusts untrustworthy people, falls for all their plots where he is the patsy, and falls in love with a rather uppity girl who returns his affections and then when it comes to the moment, chooses another woman for all the wrong reasons and thereby ends up rejected by both He is the very definition of an idiot, he never, ever learns and what intelligence he has he doesn t put to working out the truth of a situation and what he should do to benefit himself He always falls for the next plot, the next plan, the next person with a glint in their eye for how they can use him to further their own ends And he goes just like a lamb to the slaughter.Sadly, the debacle, written in a time when not even the word neurology had been invented, let alone the science, is rather idiotic 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 anoth...


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    The Idiot is a remarkable literary feat a true accomplishment It not only shows and represents true human complexity, but it births it, both in the inner workings of its passionate characters, and in the overall story It s replete with patient, mind testing issues that spring the reader s level of understanding back and fourth yet its emotional intensity is felt throughout It speaks truth of our striving human conditions our emotions which only know the truth of their existence in the moment yet it is a true and pure novel, like the heart of our unusual but endearing hero, Prince Myshkin our idiot.Nobody brings the drama like Fyodor nobody Yet despite all the exclamation points and the excessively passionate characters who all seem to speak with great clarity, with penetrating philosophical insight Dostoevsky novels still feel very real to me Despite its great entertainment value and all the outbursts from its characters, very real emotional boundaries are pushed in very natural, all encompassing ways What The Idiot bespeaks is something about life that is so real and true that the novel, while very intense, feels completely unexaggerated Dostoevsky novels don t take place in, but are a world of both utter emotional madness and pure genius And they display how the two are ...


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    Prince Myshkin, 26, arrives in St Petersburg, Russia by train, The Beautiful Man has too much compassion for this cynical age He believes every person, trusts all, feels the pain of the suffering unfortunates, thus has no common sense Simple Gullible An idiot Or a Saint That question only you can decide Set in the 1860 s, the sick prince he s an epileptic, like the author of this novel alone, frightened, no relatives or friends or money, in the world, but with a desire to see his beloved native land, again That he hardly remembers, having lived in Switzerland, treated by a kindly Doctor Schneider, without charge for years However meets two men that will be friends or enemies in the future , inside his train compartment Rogozhin, a young man who can t control his emotions, very unstable, just inheriting a vast fortune, eager to show the whole city, it And Lebedev , a minor clerk the kind of gentleman who knows everything about Petersburg s important people Myshkin, doesn t even have proper clothes for the cold, late November day as he steps down into the unknown metropolis Nevertheless he h...


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    A terrific novel very worth reading but lacking the thrust and pleasures of BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, which is one of my favorite books It is, perhaps, the most difficult novel to evaluate with the Goodreads star system, because it is both very, very great, and not particularly good When the action soars in searing, autobiographical moments, with sequences of epilepsy, fits, executions, and long social sequences there is really nothing like it An outdoor party scene with the overly noble Prince Myshkin will stick with me forever, as will the cursed love between Nastasya Fillippovna and Rogozhin The idea of a pure man misunderstood by an impure society is wonderful, but THE IDIOT reads like a sequence of thematic parables than a novel.I ve been taught, and I teach, the iceberg theory of writing The author should...


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    I have been trying to fill this review box ever since I finished this book After writing and rewriting about this book, I think I have finally come close to what I feel about this book I don t think I can ever do justice to the beauty of this book but I still wanted to write few things about it I started reading this novel last year Put on pause twice, then finally finishing it this month I was so relieved not only because I managed to read it, but also because it is one of those books that are still a treat to read even after 150 years of its publication Story revolves around Prince Myshkin who arrived in Russia from Switzerland There he meet Rogozhin on the train and befriends him Then he went to see his distant relatives General and meet family Here he sees a picture of Nastasya Fillipovna and falls in love with her Things get complicated when he proposes her and she rejects him for Rogozhin, who is also madly in love with her On the day of marriage she elopes to be with Rogozhin Myshkin finds love in Agalaya but all hell loose breaks when once again Nastasya decides that she is still in love with the Prince In Prince Myshkin, Mr Dostoyovesky created a beautiful soul A man who is free of deception, l...


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    We tend to view innocence as an uplifting cleansing virtue Contact with it is supposed to improve the soul But this isn t always the case Sometimes, in company, my five year old son will blurt out something I don t want outsiders to know and I end up blushing His innocence causes me discomfort I also remember that little girl from Aleppo who every day updated online the situation in the besieged city Imagine the reactions of Assad s regime to her online posts Would they have been won over by her innocence No way They would have been made deeply uncomfortable by her innocence They would have wanted to shut her up The idiot here has a similar effect on Russian society Dostoevsky s idea was that if Christ returned to 19th century Russian society he would be treated as a simpleton, an idiot So he has created a character who always endeavours to be honest, to tell the truth as he sees it He has a noble simplicity and is boundlessly trusting His innocence though causes as much hatred as admiration, anarchy than goodwill He makes you realise there are many situations in life where a lie is preferable to the truth if the boat isn t to be rocked Because there s nearly always something expedient in a lie, especially in what we call white lies There s usually some personal gain to be had from shunning the truth Usually these are small private lies sometimes bigger, publ...


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