This passionate novel of ethics and morality, religion and philosophy was Dostoevsky’s final and best work.
After spending four years in a Siberian penal settlement, during which time he underwent a religious conversion, Dostoevsky developed a keen ability for deep character analysis. In The Brothers Karamazov, he explores human nature at its most loathsome and cruel but never flinches at what he finds.
The Brothers Karamazov tells the stirring tale of four brothers: the pleasure-seeking, impatient Dmitri; the brilliant and morose Ivan; the gentle, loving, and honest Alyosha; and the illegitimate Smerdyakov: shy, silent, and cruel. The four unite in the murder of one of literature’s most despicable characters—their father. While on the surface a story about patricide, this novel is, on a deeper level, a spiritual tale of the struggle between faith, doubt, reason, and free will.
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"An intense read which takes a lot of time and thought....a story which explores various emotions of the human mind in context of religion, society, conscience etc. Each character makes at interesting study and how they come together to form the story is spectacular. It is an open ended novel, for the time it tool to read I would've preferred all ends to have been tied up but then the author would've stamped is thoughts and morality on it...instead of us deciding on the issue and make our own opinions. Will probably take a few more reads to understand it thoroughly but not sure this life will afford me the time...a classic and a must read for English literature enthusiasts"
Pavan (5 out of 5 stars)