Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Possessed

My intelligence level hinders me from giving any sort of beautifully intuitive review on my most recently finished book, The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I must admit that, to my shame, much of the meaning of the book was lost to me without the help of commentaries/epilogues/short biographies concerning the work. I did, however, catch the absurdity of the characters and their surroundings and circumstances.. I am not that dense and un-knowing. Anyhow, I mean to write of it because

  1. I am proud of my completion of it (which is a rather foolish, selfish, and worthless reason), and
  2. After the first third of the book, I found it to be entrancing with its absurdity. I, with my suggestibility, began to worry of what would happen if men today took on the sort of being that the characters possessed- paradoxical in all their reason, logic, actions, and words, running head-on into a stumbling block that they believe is an empty space towards which they are walking to claim and conquer.

I would attempt to write more, but I have a serious time-constraint at the moment. Farewell!


Marvin the Martian said...

I am very impressed that you could wade through Dostoyevsky. Or Tolstoy, or any of those stodgy old Russian writers. One of the reasons they wrote such voluminous prose was to let them present subversive political ideas concealed in such mountains of chaff that the Czar's censors and police would never find them. I admire your intestinal fortitude, slogging through that. I haven't managed to get through even one of their books without falling asleep.

You ARE smart. And thank you for stopping by, it's always nice to see you.

VainApocalypse said...

Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is on my list of books to read. I understand that it's quite good.