Brothers Karamazov

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There are several books of fiction on the edge my radar that I may someday read. Most of these books have been repeatedly mentioned in various blogs over the years that seemed good based on comments and reviews. I’m very picky about what I read, especially fiction. I finally read one these books last month, Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory. I was pleasantly surprised that it was better than what many of the reviews lead me to believe. I highly recommend it. (Sorry, no review.)

Another such book that has been highly recommended by many people is The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I’ve had the book in my hands several times at the bookstore, but 800+ pages seemed daunting. I thought I had a decent attention span, but this might be pushing it. Lately, I have been a little sporadic by reading a lot of short stories and books with page counts less than 250. Eight hundred pages is a commitment.

Well, after some research I settled on a translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky and bought a copy of BK. (See this comparison of a couple translations.) I figure if I can read about 150 pages per week, I can get it done before school starts in mid August. But then again, there is no hurry. The thing to remember is to enjoy and be in the process.