The Brothers Karamazov: Recap and Sound Bites

I just finished The Brothers Karamazov.


It’s very intense and carries heavy themes of redemption, but I don’t really like the idea of breaking it all down. Also, as seems to happen with a lot of good books, I read the last pages in such a hurry because it was SO GOOD and I COULDN’T STOP that I am not sure I entirely comprehend everything yet, but Brothers K is due back to the library in the morning so I will have to reread it another time. But basically, it was intense, thought-provoking and awesome. Very Madeleine L’Engle-ish, in that it has a lot of very thoughtful things to say without bogging down the plot. And I will read it again.

Two Short & Lovely Sound Bites from the Last Pages of The Brothers Karamazov (Interestingly, both spoken by Alyosha)

“People talk to you a great deal about your childhood, but some good, sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education. If a man carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe to the end of his days, and if one has only one good memory left in one’s heart, even that may sometimes be the means of saving us.”

“Don’t be afraid of life! How good life is when one does something good and just!”

And the best part? Now I can tackle Aphra Behn and Kate Chopin. And then more good books! God bless libraries.


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