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The Idiot

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
By: (1821-1881)

The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is a complex and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the psyche of its characters. The story follows Prince Myshkin, who is seen as an "idiot" by society due to his naive and trusting nature. Despite his pure intentions, Myshkin is constantly manipulated and taken advantage of by those around him, highlighting the themes of morality, perception, and social class.

Dostoyevsky's writing is masterful, painting a vivid portrait of 19th-century Russian society and the inner turmoil of his characters. The novel is filled with philosophical discussions on topics such as religion, morality, and the nature of humanity, making it a challenging but rewarding read.

The characters in The Idiot are deeply flawed and multi-dimensional, with each one grappling with their own internal struggles and moral dilemmas. Myshkin's interactions with characters such as the cunning Nastasya and the selfish Rogozhin provide insight into the complexities of human nature and the destructive power of societal norms.

Overall, The Idiot is a compelling and thought-provoking novel that explores timeless themes with depth and nuance. Dostoyevsky's exploration of morality, perception, and human nature will resonate with readers long after they have finished the book.

Book Description:

The extraordinary child-adult Prince Myshkin, confined for several years in a Swiss sanatorium suffering from severe epilepsy, returns to Russia to claim his inheritance and to find a place in healthy human society.
The teeming St Petersburg community he enters is far from receptive to an innocent like himself, despite some early successes and relentless pursuit by grotesque fortune-hunters. His naive gaucheries give rise to extreme reactions among his new acquaintance, ranging from anguished protectiveness to mockery and contempt.
But even before reaching the city, during the memorable train journey that opens the novel, he has encountered the demonic Rogozhin, the son of a wealthy merchant – who is in thrall to the equally doomed Nastasia Filippovna: beautiful, capricious and destructively neurotic, she joins with the two weirdly contrasted men in a spiralling dance of death…

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 8 reviews)

Reviewer: - September 17, 2019
Subject: Excellent read
The best reader I've heard!
Reviewer: - August 31, 2019
Subject: Very well Martin!
Martin, you read with such a good passion and eloquence! Thank you very much! The story gets alive!
Reviewer: - November 5, 2014
Subject: The narrater
The best voice I've heard for a long time!
Reviewer: - July 10, 2014
Subject: The idiot
Well read.
Reviewer: - January 21, 2014
Excellent naration. Thank you! Looking forward to parts 3 and 4.
Reviewer: - October 6, 2013
Subject: The Idiot
Excellent book and excellent narration.
Reviewer: - August 8, 2013
Subject: The Idiot
Excellent reading!!! Can't wait for Parts 3 and 4..
Reviewer: - July 26, 2013
Subject: The Idiot
What a good book and so well read. Looking forward to parts 3 and 4.

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