Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from an asylum in Switzerland. As he becomes embroiled in the frantic amatory and financial intrigues which centre around a cast of brilliantly realised characters and which ultimately lead to tragedy, he emerges as a unique combination of the Christian ideal of perfection and Dostoevsky's own views, afflictions and manners.
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The Idiot reviewed
Wow!! What a long book!! Longest I've read to date. The writings for me, I admit, were sometimes hard to understand in some places, however I really enjoyed the book. There was a lot of information, and people who were interesting. I did not expect the ending. I would recommend this book to anyone who can think while reading, and has the knowledge to comprehend and keep up with the story. I would read again.
The diction is beautiful, the characters developed and narrative original. However the vast tangents F.D. takes (characteristically) combined with the decidedly doomed tone foreshadows a depressing and even anticlimactic ending. Language and intricacy aside, I could not recommend this to anyone unless they desire to feel pity.
Two cunning women terrorize a virtue signaling hapless prince.