The Brothers Karamazov: Abridged

The Brothers Karamazov: Abridged

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Overview

The Brothers Karamazov, completed in November 1880 just two months before Dostoyevsky's death, displays both his mastery as a storyteller and his significance as a thinker. The Brothers Karamazov is an enjoyable and accessible novel. He discusses its major themes, including atheism and belief, the nature of man, socialism and individualism, and the state of European civilization, focusing particularly on those themes of justice, order and disorder, in whose revolutionary treatment he sees the real significance of this literary landmark.

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ISBN-13: 9781463682156
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/11/2011
Pages: 152
Sales rank: 768,663
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Few authors have been as personally familiar with desperation as Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), and none have been so adept at describing it. His harrowing experiences in Russian prisons, combined with a profound religious philosophy, formed the basis for his greatest books: Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, The Possessed, and The Brothers Karamazov. When Dostoevsky died in 1881, he left a legacy of masterful novels that immortalized him as a giant of Russian literature.

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The Brothers Karamazov (Pevear / Volokhonsky translation) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 148 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover that you see belongs to the Pevear\Volokhonsky translation. If you buy this e-book it is NOT THE PEVEAR translation. This is a Gutenberg press book, not the pevear. I am quite disappointed.
borges More than 1 year ago
Good thing I downloaded the sample first, or I too would have been drawn in by the cover that claims to be the Pevear translation. Don't spend a dime on this freely-available Project Gutenberg edition: "The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever."
emapaz More than 1 year ago
Shame on you, Barnes & Noble, for using the cover of the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation, when it is actually the Project Gutenberg edition. The Brothers Karamazov is a great work of art, but some translations are far superior to others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Brothers Karamazov's translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volonsky is wonderful, the very best so far. BUT it is NOT what you see when you open this Nook eBook. The translation you see is by Constance Garnett, made early in the 20th century. And worse, it is a public domain version made available by the Gutenberg Project long ago.... This is just unbelievable! --
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version of the brothers karamazov is an incomplete download. It leaves out about 20% of the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think I am going to read this wonderful book again. There is so much life and passion in it, that reading it again will definitely enrich my soul even further. I want to tell you how this novel changed my life. It was recommended to me by a Russian Orthodox priest who considered it the best source of Russian Orthodox spirituality in literature. So I read it. I read it because at the time I was striving to become a true Orthodox Christian myself. The result, however, turned out the opposite: I lost any faith I ever had in the truth of the Church and all its dogmas. This book gave me an idea that if there is God, it is certainly not what we are taught He is. I think that in this work Dostoevsky reached the very height of what I would call 'a war with oneself'. He created this unforgettable contrast between what he wanted to believe (and, indeed believed at times) and what he actually was going through in his spiritual search, which were probably indescribable spiritual torments of doubt. I now have this indelible image of Ivan confiding in Alesha, arguing with Satan and, at last, denying God himself in his search for the truth. It was he, who stirred my whole being and it was Dostoevsky himself speaking through Ivan with the most profound sincerety and desperation. On the opposite, Dostoevsky introduces Alyosha, who didn't doubt, but just loved and believed. This young man, according to Dostoevsky's plan, is a prototype of Jesus Christ himself, a man in whom the truth is open within, a man through whom one can truly feel God's love. It is a fascinating character, although, Dostoevsky depicts him in the light of Christian Orthodoxy, as an example of TRUE spirituality, as opposed to any other spirituality. Nevertheless, if we were to take liberties in the interpretation of the work, put the dogmas aside and look at Alyosha as a human being, then we could boldly say, that this young man IS the embodiment of love, truth and godliness. I really would want to at least resemble such a person! And in the midst of this spiritual struggle, there is murder, treachery, repentance, love and comedy, which bring the characters out into your own life. I just love this book! I love the brothers, even though they are so different! There are so many things to love 'The Brothers Karamazov' for, but it is for this brave, but nevertheless desperate challenge to our faith, and at the same time, a great example of living it, that I praise this book so highly. It is truly as rich, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring as life itself. P.S. I highly recommend the translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. It is the most correct and true to the spirit of the book translation available. By the way, they also translated 'Crime and Punishment', 'The Demons', 'Notes from the Underground' and lots more, so I recommend those as well. And if you really would like to get the feel of how Dostoevsky DID NOT write, try the translation by Constance Garnett! It is outdated and, frankly, in some places she took liberties at what to leave and what to take out. I read 'The Brothers Karamazov' in Russian and English, going line-by-line sometimes and discovering those literary atrocities all along the text.
Brookeanne Walters More than 1 year ago
My biggest recommendation would be to pay for a $0.99 copy. This is unedited and unless you are very good at skimming over major typos, this will add an additional challenge to what some would consider a very challenging book. Fantastic story though!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm nearly finished with Dostoevsky's brilliant book, and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in classic literature. Dostoevsky had the proclivity to inundate his novels with a copious amount of religious fervor (which reflects the years in which it was written..circa 1878-1880 C.E.), however, that in no way diminishes the overall experience. Dostoevsky deserves my utmost respect, and now takes his place alongside such iconic figures as: Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Edgar Allan Poe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is incrediable, an absolute materpeice. Although at first the sheer size is intimidating, Dostoevskies writing style is so wonderfull that the pages simply fly by. Also you if you study philosophy you see where latter philosophers(Nietzsche, Sartre, and many others) got many of their prominate ideas. I'm not going to comment on the actual book, because it is so profound, deep, and a sheer joy to read, that it woild be almost sinfull to spoil the suprising turns and plot twists. JUST READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't recommend this book. Now, I'm going to admit here that I've learned that I'm not a fan of Dostoevsky. Perhaps I'm not smart enough, or maybe it's that I just don't have the patience to sit and think about the undertones to his work. But I find his work just to be too long-winded and pointless. I definitely believe that for books of this era, you really have to be familiar with the political and cultural aspects of the environment in which they're written. Of course, some of his dialogue concerning religion is ageless, but he also had a purpose in writing about it at that particular time. Moreover, I also think that many books of this just too long. Back in the day, when people didn't have movies, TV, the internet, or cars to drive them places, I'm assuming that people didn't mind staying home to read more. But man, there so many unnecessary details in this book it's just ridiculous. My mom read this book many years ago, and she said she never really did figure out the point in it. One of my friends said he stopped reading it halfway through because it was boring. I soldiered through it just so I could say I read it, but I'm not taking anything away with me for having done so. Recommend skipping this one.
Fulminata More than 1 year ago
I was asked recently "Why Dostoevsky." This from a Russian who admires Tolstoy. I will never try placing either Tolstoy or Dostoevsky above the other as they are both astonishing writers, but when I answered for Dostoevsky, I used almost only this book as my reason why. Firstly Karamazov is a very deeply written book. The characters are monoliths, they are not a one dimensional representation of a person, but real people. Next the events in the novel are drawn very carefully and beautifully. There is love, desire, anger, hatred, understanding, and everything in between. The most famous part of this novel is of course the "Grand Inquisitor" scene. It alone would guarantee this books immortality, but there is so so much more. Its worth the time required to read it.
Scobie More than 1 year ago
This new translation of The Brothers Karamazov is a marked improvement over the older Constance Garnett translation: it is more enjoyable, the English is closer to Dostoevsky's Russian, and, thankfully, the humor of the original comes through. The Brothers Karamazov is Dostoevsky's final novel and is considered to be among his best. The work has not suffered from the passing of time and is still interesting and enjoyable. I recommend this new translation to anyone reading the work for the first time, or for those who have decided to re-read and don't mind buying a new copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest soul writer of all times and great contributor to human psychology successfully created a beautiful and amazing dynamism between the Karamazov brothers that has been the core of many stories after involving siblings. There is the unreliable father, the old Fyodor Karamazov whose life dominates his sons and whose death casts a huge shadow on their future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What can you expect from a man who left petersburg in chains becuase his writings went against the tzar and the politics going on? Or a man who endured 6 months of the silent treatment in solititary confinement because of those very writings? Dostoevsky's novel is just brilliant. Character development, and his understanding of the human soul, the good, the bad and the disgraceful. It is a true work of literary art and if you happen to be into philosophy, you won't be a true philosopher till you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was fantasticin the fact that the character developments were flawless. Each character, while labeled in some way, was fully rounded and made you feel like it was a real person you could know.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read hundreds of works in contemporary literature. This is by far my favorite novel ever. This work has few rivals for sheer substance and character developement. This is the masterpeice of a master. Everything you need to know about life is in this book. Alyosha Karamazov is the best character I've ever encountered, he is the ulimate hero of moral virtue.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The greatest soul writer of all times and great contributor to human psychology successfully created a beautiful and amazing dynamism between the Karamazov brothers that has been the core of many stories after involving siblings. There is the unreliable father, the old Fyodor Karamazov whose life dominates his sons and whose death casts a huge shadow on their future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of the book until it was recomended by my philosophy teacher. Although complex, it offers brilliant insight into the world of philosophy as well as that of depravity. Dostoevsky is in a sense an "inteligent criminal" in his writing. Definately worth reading. Things won't look quite the same.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book was extraordinarilly long and there were several slow sections. But the dialogue between brothers in dealing with the issues of God and humanism are second-to-none. The reader is challenged to introspectively decide what they believe and how to deal with their own prejudices. Dostoevsky's societal picture is one hundred years ahead of its time. You'll be utterly amazed. The translation was a little rough, forcing the reader to make grammatical changes (i.e.: 'It was you (who) killed him!). It is worthy, though, of its 'classic' genre.
Mromano on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It may be the greatest book ever written, at least that I have read. I haven't read War and Peace or Les Miserables yet so I reserve judgment on the greatest book of all time. Freud considered it the greatest book ever written and Faulkner was rumored to read it once a year. That is high praise indeed.
fuzzy_patters on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my second foray into Dostoevsky, and I wasn't dissapointed. Dostoevsky had a remarkable ability to capture people just as they are. His characters secret motivations are displayed for all to see in a way that is more real than any other author that I have read. Reading Dostoevsky is like looking into a mirror. Every character is so human as to be a reflection of ourselves.
JimmyChanga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
the perfect novel, sprawling, complex, filled with great characters, philosophical, humane, powerful, and gripping. there are so many things in this book that i want to talk over with someone, but maybe i shouldn't write them all out in this review. ask me and we can talk!
alexnisnevich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A character in Slaughterhouse-Five says, "Everything there was to know about life was in The Brothers Karamazov," and I wholeheartedly agree. This is a beautiful, and inspiring novel whose sheer depth is astounding.I know that many readers are put off by its length, but I believe everyone must read The Brothers Karamazov at some point in their lives. There is simply nothing else like it.As for me, I must go and find myself more Dostoevsky to read now :)
booksfordeb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It has been a while since I read this book but I remember that this book was why I love Dostoevsky. It is a simple plot with a complicated story. Dostoevsky explores the dysfunctional family, humanity and all of its manifestations, religion, the individual and society, and life. It is dark as is the author's style, and so beautifully written. Doestoevsky is a master of the psychological thriller. Unquestionably worth the time it takes to read the book and comprehend its depth.
tloeffler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The classic Russian tale of Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov and his sons Ivan, Dmitri and Alexei. I can see where it would be considered great literature, and I am certainly glad I read it, but it took me a long time. When the story was interesting, it was very interesting, but when it got bogged down in politics, religion, or just rhetoric, I found it difficult to plod through.