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Monday, August 07, 2006

Dostoyevsky... the master plotter.

Dostoyevsky surprises me every single time I read him. This is the third time I am reading The Brothers Karamazov and every single time I reach the point when Alyosha seems to dissapear from the novel altogether (chapter 3, part IV) I start thinkinig it was him who murdered his father. But this is Dostoyevsky's genius... he leads the reader on so carefully that it is hard to predict (even in a re-read) why Alyosha disappears. Suspicion then points directly at him. The novel takes a turn in telling the story of Krasotkin, a school boy on his way to visit Ilyusha, the dying boy. I believe this is a master working a plot through so many different levels of literary possibilities it is really impossible not to feel shaken down to your very bones. Don't you love it when reading does that to you?


At 5:04 PM, Blogger Izzy said...

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