As Fyodor Karamazov awaits an amorous encounter, he is violently done to death. The three sons of the old debauchee are forced to confront their own guilt or complicity. Who will own to parricide? The reckless and passionate Dmitri? The corrosive intellectual Ivan? Surely not the chaste novice monk Alyosha? The search reveals the divisions which rack the brothers, yet paradoxically unite them.
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We loved immersing ourselves in the 19th-century Russian setting of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s classic tale of a vicious, debauched patriarch and his four very different sons. Filled with intrigue, romance, conflicts over money and religion, and even tense courtroom drama, The Brothers Karamazov is the kind of novel that invites you to take your time. Dostoyevsky’s archetypal characters let him explore timeless concepts including faith, conscience, guilt, kindness and love—but they’re also compellingly drawn, frequently amusing human beings. We were riveted by the author’s acute observations of interactions between people, which still ring absolutely true today.