2016/04/20

BOOK REVIEW:
NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND BY FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY

Title: Notes from the Underground
Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Carnett (translator)
Published: 1864
Language: English (translated from Russian)
Pages: 141
Rating: 2/5


Summary:
Our narrator and anti-hero has withdrawn entirely from society and this comprised of his rambling memories and opinions on political and philosophical questions.


Review:
So, this is a highly acclaimed novel, so I had quite high expectations for this. After having read it, I find myself on the fence.

One one hand, the themes and philosophies in this book is undoubtedly interesting. The main character is a fascinating anti-hero that rubs you the wrong way on occasion and makes you think.

On the other hand, I found that this book didn't grab me or make me want to pick it back up. It felt like a chore to get through. I felt no real connection to the story or the character or often even the themes, and the result of that is that I found certain parts of this dreadfully boring. It feels long and often unnecessary, which is sad when in reality, it's a rather short book.

Perhaps it was just a little too high brow for me. It's a book I am glad to have read, but it was clearly not for me.

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2 comments

  1. Ah, what a pity! I thought it could have been a nice way to get into Dostoyevsky and/or Russian literature in general ... Any recommendations as to where I should start when reading Russian literature?

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    1. Well, I should mention that it has very high ratings on Goodreads, so maybe it's just me... But where to start, I don't really know. I've read this one and War and Peace, but I have recently ordered a copy of The Master and Margarita, which I've heard is a good place to start :)

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