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Yeah the first time I read the Brothers, when I was 19 and it was all exhilaratingly over my head, I keyed into the high philosophical/existential ideas: the Mutiny chapter, the Grand Inquisitor, Ivan's hallucinations, Alyosha's faith struggles. But now I understand that Mrs. Khokhlakova is an unwitting comic genius. And that Dmitry’s odyssey for the 3,000 rubles is high comedy. Or right off the bat (pretty much), Fyodor Karamazov's outrageous needling of the freethinking Miusov at the monastery: hilarious.Karamazov was funny? It's kind of sad and existential if I remember right. Master and Margarita, however, was very funny.
Refusing the mainstream is in the finest literary tradition.Don’t forget there’s a book thread here as well.
Thats kind of what the reviews all said. And with all their minor characters there is naturally a lot of dreck. I picked it up after reading a review in the NYT they took a different tack in the review.www.styleforum.net
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. She and my favorite philosopher/theologian were good friends. There have been books, articles, even whole conferences relating their work.There’s this book on city planning. Something about the life and death of big cities. But, when I search it, the only thing that pops up are used options, even through Amazon. Considering, if I I went into my local bookstore and asked if they had a copy, you think it’d get me laid?
I’m 6ft for reference.
The Russians made a TV miniseries of M&M and it was quite well done.The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs. She and my favorite theologian were good friends.
Re Bros K, I taught it 10 yrs ago in a small seminar and am repeating it this spring for the first time. Iammatt/Itstillmatt recommended the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation years ago and I've stuck with it. Every year I use the Hackett collection of excerpts The Grand Inquisitor with Related Chapters from the Bros K. Of course, Zossima is my favorite.
A Russian lit prof friend recommended The Master and Margarita to me years ago, and recently a Buddhist priest did. Must be time to read it.