Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Brothers Karamazov: Part 2

Okay, so I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but this second part was not as amusing as I had hoped it would be. Don't get me wrong, its still interesting. We have a kid who bites Alyosha and then we have Ivan declaring his personal ideologies regarding God to his brother Alyosha and then we learn about the elder Zosima and how he found his faith. All in all, some fascinating events, diatribes, etc - however, as far as trying to get through these pages, well that was a bit difficult. I found myself not as immersed in the text during this part, which made me wonder how the upcoming Part 3 would fare - hopefully better. I'm off to try and read a bit more. Fingers crossed that I get more engaged with this text, because I'm seriously considering putting it on pause.

By the by, I know that this wasn't an actual review of Part 2 and more of a whinge about reading Part 2, but I couldn't help it. However, if you want a review to find out about Part 2, then check out this site or this one.

Happy reading!!


Elani said...

What translator do you use? I read Crime and Punishment, and it was a bear to get through. I think I had a difficult translation, so I've been searching for recommendations on who does the best translations.


Anonymous said...

Don't give up yet! Try Part 3, and then if you don't like it, fine. ;) I found Part 3 to really pick up in plot, less diatribes, and I was quite intrigued. I hope you will be, too.

Frances said...

Absolutely don't give up! The pace returns to the what you enjoyed in part one. Those sections of part two that define the positions of faith and doubt are brilliant (even as standalones) but do bring the flow to a grinding halt in places. Happy reading!

Shelley said...

I've just barely gotten into Part III, and it's already more exciting.