The Brothers Karamosov is one of the greatest Novels ever written. It's worth the time and energy needed to read it. (Since its as long as a bad girls dream)
Dostoevsky actually faced a firing squad in prison as a young man. To torment him his jailors led him out and blinfolded him. Then fired over his head. Imagine that experience!
He needless to say was changed forever by that singular event and devoted the rest of his life to seeking the meaning of life.
This Novel represents his highest thought in the form of the Holy man Father Zossima and Alyosha's attempt to emulate that holiness vs. the struggle he had with Personal holiness represented by all the Karamosov brothers and their inherited passions, their essentially twisted Karamosov curse!!! A great study of human nature in its highest and lowest impulses!
I wonder if I should identify more with Dmitri and his incorrigible impulses or Alyosha and his desires to escape the curse of sin...
Well .. Anyway, I'm no scholar and most of this book sails majestically out of reach over my head but its still a great read.
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