The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov

by Fyodor Dostoevsky


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The Brothers Karamazov is a passionate philosophical novel set in 19th-century Russia, that enters deeply into the ethical debates of God, free will, and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, judgment, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia, with a plot which revolves around the subject of patricide.

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ISBN-13: 9781987083408
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Press
Publication date: 06/05/2019
Pages: 484
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.97(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 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 184 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel has everything you could possibly want in a book: love, family, murder, morals, life, and virtues. My favorite character is Alyosha, and I find myself falling in love with him the more pages I read in the book (could have something to do with the 1958 movie in which William Shatner plays Alyosha (Alexey)and the more I read the more I picture him as Alyosha. Dostoyevsky did an AMAZING job bringing his characters to life, and like most commentors' here, I agree that by the end of the book, you get to know the Karamazovs. It makes you wish that there was another book following this. MUST READ *****
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchase this book because it states it is a Pervear translation. The book is translated by someone else. This is not what I expected. Beware!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read almost all of Dostoyevsky's work, I can honestly say that this is by far his masterpiece. It takes every moral dilema ever faced by his previous characters and blends it into one gruesome, fantastic tale of a despicable father and his four incredibly different sons. There are so many different levels to read this book on that it's almost impossible to summarize it in under ten pages and still do it justice. I would highly recommend reading The Brothers Karamazov first before any of Dostoyevsky's other works by seeing the culmination of his ideas (or at least as far as he was able to develop them before dying), it becomes easier to see common themes in his other masterpieces like Crime and Punishment.
Nicole-Syracuse-NY More than 1 year ago
I have to say it was a little hard getting into the book, but once you get about 175 pages in it reads very fast. I loved the book the names were difficult, but if you kept the names straight you will do fine. I would reccomend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply the best novel I have ever read. Period.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Headline above says it all.
mythoughtisme More than 1 year ago
Absolutely phenomenal book. Constance Garnett's translation is great. The book combines great psychology, philosophy, strong views on justice and morality, and deep chacterization into a well designed plot. 19th century Russia serves as a great backdrop to perhaps the greatest book of all time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brother's Karamazov definitely merits recognition as Dostoevsky's masterpiece. This book reads with all the suspense of a mystery, yet still offers deep insights into the overriding philosophical ideas of his day. As with all of Dostoevesky's works,the characterization is incredible. The characters are at turns detestable and lovable, but never flat. Alyosha remains my favorite character in all of literature.
ARPG More than 1 year ago
Much like the moral ideas that strike at the heart of East of Eden by the American author John Steinbeck, in Brothers Karamazov Dostoevsky portrays the internal struggle of every person using his realistic and identifiable cast of characters. Each brother is brought to life by Dostoevsky to represent a separate view point to morality and life. Dmitri = passion, Aloysha = restraint, Smerdyakov = brutality, and Ivan = Logical. I identified the most with Ivan, realizing that it was his struggle that I encounter most: the struggle of faith vs. logic. I can see why Aloysha is a favorite character of most people because of his inherent kindness, his desire to believe in the good of other people, and his neverending loyalty to his brothers and father despite their numerous faults. Those who seek answers to the difficult questions of morality, religion, justice, society, and family will find the aged and enlightened answers that Dostoevsky supplies worth the wealth of page turning this book requires. A definite favorite of mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stuffed with characters as diverse as Russia's landscape, from an honorable scoundrel to a saint on earth, The Brothers Karamasov is a fantastic blend of strange encounters and insane events. Set in a nameless town in a nameless province in Russia, The story revolves around the death, or murder, of a crafty buffoon named Fyodor Pavlovitch Karamasov. As His son, Dimitri, is accused of the murder and arrested, his, brother, Alexey, is the only one who believes that he did not do the crime. The book climaxes at the dramatic trial of Dimitri, and ends with a lot of loose ends that are not tied up. I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in gleaning some insight into the culture of nineteenth-century Russia -- providing they have a good grasp of vocabulary. At times, the side plots and character personalities can be a bit confusing, but all in all, it was a very good read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply the best novel ever written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such vividness. Well worth the effort.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A classic story 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
Each character is brilliantly identified so that you know them personally. Alexei, the monk, Karamazov Ivan, the most like his father, eloquent, and troubled by his own madness and Dmitri the self-proclaimed buffoon, the ladies man, the drunk, vying for the affections of Grushenka as is his father Fyodor, another self-proclaimed buffoon and drunk. Throughout, there is a battle between sanity and hysterics, realism and sensualism. The author sees troubled youth at the age of 13 needing a psychiatrist. He vividly describes his characters with 'brain fever'. He sees his own Russia in disarray, disorder, and sees the loss of personal values, where 'everything is permitted'. There is greed, jealousy, anger, gloom, despair in most of his characters. All his characters are 'dark' to say the least, with fleeting moments of joy. There are so many deep philosophical questions raised in this book. 'Does God exist, yes or no?' 'If not, perhaps there is a need to create the need for God.' There are surprises as well, showing limits of human capacity for suffering. Wow, what a great book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV, which is one of Dostoyevsky¿s all time best, perhaps the best, adds to make him perhaps the best writer of all times. The author came up with so many great ideas and characters that are so real to life even in their complex emotions and rationales that we relate to the characters as if we are in their heads. In the end, not only do we have a great story, we are also left with a beautifully written work of political, psychological, sociological, ethical and psychological thought that is very true not only to Russia, but to other lands and peoples as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best book I have ever read. The character development is some of the best in all of western literature.
Anonymous 5 months ago
The heading says it’s the Garnett translation. Then below the image of the Modern Library cover it states it is the Pevear translation. A customer review states it is not thePevear translation. Is it really necessary that both B & N and Amazon should be complete slobs about identifying translators?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read and enjoy a fascinating novel.
quaintlittlehead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a stellar book, and purportedly the one that Dostoevsky himself felt tied up everything he wanted to say about everything. It falls into three main sections: a back-story contrasting the religious zeal of Alyosha and the monastic practices of the time with the evil in the hearts of his family; a who-dunnit laid out marvelously through the perspectives of different characters in the book, so that you the reader are confused even about what they themselves know; and a murder trial that deals with themes of innocence until proven guilty and reasonable doubt that, to me, come off as so American that it is astonishing to see them play out in a nineteenth-century Russian context. Though a second novel continuing the story was supposedly going to follow this one, Dostoevsky ends it in just the right place for its impact to resonate powerfully.I do have to say, however, that this book is long, and takes some time getting around to the main action. Once there, it seems to race ahead faster than you would necessarily like; if you have the patience to savour almost 600 pages leading up to the climax, you're probably more than willing to see the dénouement wind down at a pace just as rewarding of slow and deliberate reading. I would still say that "Crime and Punishment" is my favourite of the author's novels after reading his four most famous over the course of this year, and in a way this book felt like a sort of extended cut of "Star Wars;" it felt like Dostoevsky took the main concepts of "Crime and Punishment" and decided it would have been better if he had said much, much more in that story. If you're not a big fan of the classics, or nineteenth-century language, or the complexities of Russian writing, and you think you have just enough mettle for one Dostoevsky book, "Crime and Punishment" is the one I would recommend. However, if that book and others of the same ilk are the type to bring you infinite joy, then this is definitely a worthy addition to your reading list as well.
piankeshaw on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My favorite book of all time. I've read this three times and each time I discover something new and unique. Dostoyevsky truly had the eye for developing characters and bringing them to life. Rich in nuance and detail.
saiariddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It gets you caught up in it at certain times. Very emotional, though somewhat hard to get into. I loved how it got into Mr. Karamazov's perspective at the beginning. The whole chapters involving the elder are wonderful, in my opinion the best part of the book!
gbraden on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first chapter, despite my spending nearly a year reading it. I picked it up because there was some theology books that referred to conversations and ideas from this volume. It frames various discussions about man and God, especially in light of the new idea of the enlightenment that was gaining popularity at the time of writing. I especially enjoyed the conversation/dream with Satan, Ivan had on the eve of the trial.
GaryKbookworm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dostoevsky is probably my favorite author and this is probably my favorite book of his
jonesli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is listed just about everywhere as a "must read". I have had the book on my shelves for a few years and grew bored with it easily. I am now a big fan of the group read as I think this finally gave me the encouragement to finish this lengthy novel.I am glad that I have read it, and this book is a great tool for discussions of socialism, philosophy, and religion. Parts of it are torture to read, and others are riveting. The story is that of the tumultuous relationship of Fydoor Karamazov and his sons, Dmitri, Ivan, and Alexy. Complete with drunken debauchery, greed, and treatises on heaven versus hell and good versus evil, the Brothers Karamazov is best read in small segments.
Soultalk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a huge Russian literature fan. In my opinion Nabokov, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Pasternak, Tolstoy, and even Solzenitzyn need to bow before the great meloncholic Dostoevsky. This is certainly in my top five novels ever written, and it is so well written and condensed in content that every time i revisit it, it feels as if I am reading a new book. Just a hint, as with a lot of Russian lit the key is to keep track of characters by way of a cheat sheet, that way you can follow character lines and arguments, as well as the copious number of Russian titles, names, and surnames used for each character.