Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?
this prompt is for book lovers. I carry the great love for books. they have always been my best friend and the best thing is that they never expect anything in return, go on helping you selflessly. today we have to talk about a book which we read again and again never get bored. though there are plenty of such books which I like very much and intend to read again and again but one of them is on the top rank. this is my favorite book so obviously, it’s gonna come from my favorite and well-known author, Mr. Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky, popularly known as Dostoevsky. the book is his most famous work “The Brothers Karamazov”
Dostoevsky’s life was as strange and dramatic as the great novels he wrote. He was born in Moscow in 1821, the son of former army surgeon whose drunken brutality led his own serfs to murder him by pouring vodka down his throat until he strangled. a short first novel, poor folk(1846), brought him instant success, but his writing career was cut short by his arrest for alleged subversion against Tsar Nicholas I in 1849. In prison, he was given the “Silent Treatment” for eight months(guard even wore velvet soled boots) before he was led in front of firing squad. Dressed in a death shroud, he faced an open grave and awaited his execution when, suddenly, an order arrived commuting his sentence. He then spent four years at hard labor in a Siberian prison, where he began to suffer from epilepsy, and he only returned to st. Petersburg a full ten years after he had left in chains.
His prison experiences coupled with his conversion to a conservative and profoundly religious philosophy formed the basis for his great novels. But it was his fortuitous marriage to Anna Snitkina, following a period of utter destitution brought about by his compulsive gambling, that gave Dostoevsky the emotional stability to complete Crime and punishment(1866), the idiot(1868-69), the possessed(1871-72), and the brothers Karamazov(1879-80). when Dostoevsky died in 1881, he left a legacy of masterworks that influenced the great thinkers and writers of the western world and immortalized him as a giant among writers of world literature. the best thing about Dostoevsky is that he offers us more than a writer, philosopher, psychologist, and scientist. this very amazing feature makes him quite challenging to read. His books require rereads for optimal benefits.
The brothers Karamazov:
“I’d die happy if I could finish this final novel, for I would have expressed myself completely.”— Dostoevsky
in 1880, Dostoevsky completed the brothers Karamazov, the literary effort for which he had been preparing all his life. compelling, profound, complex, it is the story of a patricide and of the for sons who each had a motive for murder: Dmitry, the sensualist; Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and twisted, cunning Smerdyakov, the bastard child. frequently lurid, nightmarish, always brilliant.
the novel plunges the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama. but throughout the whole, Dostoevsky searches for the truth- about the man, about life, about the existence of God. a terrifying answer to man’s eternal questions, this monumental work remains the crowning achievement of perhaps the finest novelist of all the time.
I do not consider myself worthy enough to say anything more about the “magnum opus” of Dostoevsky. You will come to know yourself after plunging into it. This novel will surprise you again and again as you go deeper into it. This is gonna answer many of your hitherto unanswered questions. This is a must read for the one who wants to know the deep roots of human psychology. He will come to know how terribly human nature can turn and it can’t see the consequences in that case. it just follows reckless desires. I can assure you that you will never regret reading this novel though it will require a bit commitment, it’s quite a voluminous.
“The awful thing is that beauty
is mysterious as well as terrible.
God and the devil are fighting there and
the battlefield is the heart of man.”
—The Brothers Karamazov