Book Club

The Brothers Karamazov Epilogue, Next Book Announcement, and Giveaway

An epilogue is supposed to be a comment or a conclusion to something, and I was eagerly hoping that this would be true in The Brothers Karamazov. Indeed, a few relationships were wrapped up—mainly Katya and Dmitri—and there was a…

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A Judicial Error: Thoughts on Book XII of The Brothers Karamazov

Well, now I remember why I abandoned this book at the very end when I read it at age 19. This last section was nearly 100 pages of reiterating the same crime several times over from varying perspectives and inferences…

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Ivan: Thoughts on Book XI of The Brothers Karamazov

After a little respite of the previous section talking about the lives of schoolboys, we jump right back into the murder mystery in book XI, with a twist–this is now a supernatural paranormal thriller that includes an appearance from the…

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The Boys: Thoughts on Book X of The Brothers Karamazov

This was a book about boys. The cruelty and compassion of young teenagers. How education and knowledge can puff us up; how society can fail to teach us morality. How being smart alone will not save your soul. How incredibly…

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Preliminary Investigation: Thoughts on Book IX of The Brothers Karamazov

With a title about a preliminary investigation and the first few chapters all about the various lieutenants and prosecutors district attorneys and such, I did not have very high hopes for this book. Coming straight from the frenzy of Mitya’s…

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Mitya: Thoughts on Book VIII of The Brothers Karamazov

Mitya (or Dmitri) is not my favorite character so this was not my favorite book in The Brothers Karamazov to read. I wonder if this is the part where I really started to zone out the last time I tried…

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Alyosha: Thoughts on Book VII of The Brothers Karamazov

“He who loves men loves their joy.”   “I do not rebel against my God, I simply do not accept his world.”     This book starts off like a horror film—centered around the drama and intrigue that the Elder…

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All About that Zossima: Thoughts on Book VI of The Brothers Karamazov

Obedience, fasting, and prayer are laughed at, yet they alone constitute the way to real and true freedom   So, how are we all doing? This is officially the halfway point so please pat yourself on the back! For me, the…

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A Response to Pro and Contra: The Brothers Karamazov Book V

A few days ago a neighbor gave my husband and son a brown paper bag full of cherries. She has a cherry tree that sits outside of the small gates surrounding her yard. At the end of the school year,…

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The Strains: Thoughts on Book 4 of The Brothers Karamazov

This little book was a little bit of a reprieve—not as much drama, over all. I feel as though this was truly the first time Dostoevsky was talking about poverty (in particular with the disgraced captain and his poor family)….

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