Thursday, November 3, 2011

Fyodor Dostoevsky by Peter Leithart

I became a fan of Dostoevsky the first time I read Crime and Punishment. Dostoevsky was an early 1800's Russian novelist. This book is set up as a conversation between Dostoevsky and another, complete with flashbacks throughout his life. We're taken from his earliest education through to his death.

Anyone who has read Dostoevsky will find this a must-read. Even if you've never heard of him, though, this is an excellent book. Not only do we travel Dostoevsky's life, we get to find out where his principles came from and why he held onto them so strongly. This book is complete with everything from romance to a prison sentence in Siberia. It's gritty in parts and poetic in others.

This book is not for someone looking for light entertainment. Though it's definitely interesting, there are some deep philosophical issues that require you as a reader to open your mind. Both political and religious philosophy were a large part of Dostoevsky's life and are treated as such in the book.

Personally, I adored this book. It was awesome to me to get to see both the light and the dark side of an author I've revered since an early age.

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