The editors and writers of Off the Page are readers first and foremost. We love words and the craft of writing. One of the greatest novels ever written is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. D.L. Mayfield approached me with the idea a month or so ago and having read this novel several times in the past, I latched onto it immediately. I believe the themes in this book are modern ones we wrestle with today; themes of faith and doubt, forgiveness, and moral responsibility. Faith and doubt certainly pertain to the mission of Off the Page, and forgiveness for perceived or actual wrongs and our responsibility for action play well with our times and in the context of both church and country.
If you have questions about the goodness of God and the problem of evil, or wonder if your gifts and abilities are better served within the walls of a church or outside them, or if you just like the early 2000’s show “Arrested Development,” I think you will find this book and discussion well worth your time.
The book club officially begins June 1. This post is just an announcement so that interested readers have time to get the book.
HOW DOES THE BOOK CLUB WORK?
Beginning June 5, D.L. will post every Monday around 2pm PST (5pm EST). These posts might be a few sentences or a ranting paragraph. Either way, they will be a weekly check-in and participants can offer thoughts, favorite quotes, and questions in the comments section. We will respond as needed and be sure to check the Off the Page social media accounts for updates. (#BroKbookclub)
HOW MUCH READING EACH WEEK?
Page numbers vary from copy to copy, but The Brothers Karamazov is divided into twelve books, so regardless of which translation or edition you pick up, we will tackle one book or section each week.
Some sections of the book will read like a modern thriller and other sections are dense and delve into the big eternal questions. Keep at it, cheer one another on, and enjoy!
Book 1 – 34 pages | June 4-11
Book 2 – 68 pages | June 12-18
Book 3 – 81 pages | June 19-25
Book 4 – 56 pages | June 26-July 2
Book 5 – 82 pages | July 3-9
Book 6 – 54 pages | July 10-16
Book 7 – 44 pages | July 17-23
Book 8 – 96 pages | July 24-30
Book 9 – 80 pages | July 31-Aug 6
Book 10 – 55 pages | Aug 7-13
Book 11 – 109 pages | Aug 14-20
Book 12 – 115 pages | Aug 21-26
Epilogue and Wrap-up: September 6
Finally, here are some excellent resources to get you started. Check out the final minutes of a School of Life video below for a brief overview of The Brothers Karamazov. And the Middlebury site has a helpful general plot overview as well as character sketches.
If you have further questions, leave them in the comments and we’ll try to answer them as best we can.