Tag Archive: Dostoyevsky

O Brother, Where art thou?

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If Raskolnikov is the anti-hero of ‘Crime and Punishment’, surely the hero of the piece is the good friend he calls brother, Razumikhin. Explorations of close female friendships are ten a penny in… Continue reading

You’ll never guess what they did before television, (and it’s not what you think!)

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Early on in ‘Crime and Punishment’ , Raskolnikov receives a letter from his mother revealing how unjustly treated his sister Dunya has been, while working as a governess. Dunya had sent an advance on her… Continue reading

It’s like the Best Episode of Columbo never made

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One of the surprising thing about ‘Crime and Punishment’ is that Dostoyevsky delivers all the adrenaline-pumping action early on in the novel. As you look at the inches thick wedge of pages you’ve yet… Continue reading

This lot will make you want to be alone on Valentine’s day.

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Everybody hates Valentine’s day. Everybody. It’s the day when being single is akin to leprosy, and if you’re in a couple, you’re forced into buying into the cynical proliferation of hearts, flowers, chocolates… Continue reading

Who wants to play the Wednesday Word Game with me?

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This game is a cracker if you love words and wordplay! Here’s the deal. You choose a few words, preferably some plump, delicious beauties, that have fallen out of common usage, and you… Continue reading

And that’s why reading Dostoyevsky is like skydiving with Walter White!

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Some books need a run up. You know the ones I mean; the black-spined tomes of densely-packed miniscule text, heavy of weight and of theme. When I look at my monochrome bookshelves there are… Continue reading