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Book Review: Demons

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on Sat, 12/26/2015 - 16:14

Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dostoyevsky is not for everyone. If you like a fast, exciting, page-turner, this is not for you.

The demons in this book are the ideas entering Russia in the late 1800's from Europe and are expressed by a range of characters living in a small provincial town outside St. Petersburg.

The book is organized in three parts. Part one introduces most of the characters and brings many of them together in the parlor of Varvara after Marya begs for help outside the church and is brought to the home.

The second part is focused on Stavrogin and then Peter and addresses the revolutionary activity or more to the point inactivity taking place.

The third part starts with the disastrous fete and works through resolving each of the characters in the book.

Dostoyevsky is very good at showing that people are crazy and the more rational and sane they think they are, the crazier they become.

He also does an excellent job of depicting people, faith, and ideas and how they conflict with one another in an on-going basis.

I won't say much more because it would ruin many of the shifts and surprises that take place throughout.

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