The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky’s crowning achievement, is a tale of patricide and family rivalry that embodies the moral and spiritual dissolution of an entire society (Russia in the 1870s). It created a national furor comparable only to the excitement stirred by the publication, in 1866, of Crime and Punishment. To Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov captured the quintessence of Russian character in all its exaltation, compassion, and profligacy. Significantly, the book was on Tolstoy’s bedside table when he died. Readers in every language have since accepted Dostoevsky’s own evaluation of this work and have gone further by proclaiming it one of the few great novels of all ages and countries. ([source])
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I think this is by far the finest novel that Dostoevsky wrote. It was long, but I may read it over.
My first Russian novel. I don't see what all the fuss is about. I thought this book was overlong, talky and bathetic. It also hasn't aged all that well. On the plus side, the audiobook narration by Frederick Davison was excellent.