The Brothers Karamazov Author:Fyodor Dostoevsky, Andrew R. MacAndrew (Translator), Konstantin Mochulsky (Introduction) In 1880 Dostoevsky completed The Brothers Karamazov, the literary effort for which he had been preparing all his life. Compelling, profound, complex, it is the story of a patricide and of the four sons who each had a motive for murder: Dmitry, the sensualist, Ivan, the intellectual; Alyosha, the mystic; and twisted, cunning Smerdyakov, th... more »e bastard child. Frequently lurid, nightmarish, always brilliant, the novel plunges the reader into a sordid love triangle, a pathological obsession, and a gripping courtroom drama. But throughout the whole, Dostoevsky searhes for the truth--about man, about life, about the existence of God. A terrifying answer to man's eternal questions, this monumental work remains the crowning achievement of perhaps the finest novelist of all time.« less
This book was recommended to me by my polisci prof my sophmore year of college. It was this book which convinced me to study Political Philosophy. This book is a life altering book,(I don't review any that aren't). Even the chapter, The Grand Inquisitor, read and studied by itself, without the rest of the novel, has a lot to teach you about faith and mankind.
I have read thousands of books in my 64+ years, and Hugo's "Les Miserables" and Dostoevsky's "Brothers Karamazov" are the two best. One chapter, entitled "The Grand Inquisitor," in Dostoevsky's book affected me deeply.