Summer Reading List: The Brothers Karamazov

It took me a year and a half, but I finally finished The Brothers Karamazov.  The book was immaculate, but alas after cutting my literary teeth on modern and contemporary literature its sheer size and detail was a bit daunting for me at times.  The ending scene came as a surprise, but masterfully tied together several themes in the book, especially Theodicy.  I hope you don’t mind me sharing an exert:

“Karamazov!” cried Kolya, “can it really be true as religion says, that we shall all arise from the dead, and come to life, and see one another again, and everyone, and Ilyshechka?”

“Certainly we shall rise, certainly we shall see and gladly, joyfully tell one another all that has been,” Alyosha replied, half laughing, half in ecstasy.

“Ah, how good that will be!” burst Kolya.

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