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The Idiot (Cliffs Notes) Paperback – October 19, 1968

ISBN-13: 078-5555010352 ISBN-10: 0822006278 Edition: Cliff Notes

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Product Details

  • Series: Cliffs notes
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Cliffs Notes; Cliff Notes edition (October 19, 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0822006278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0822006275
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Li on December 26, 1999
Format: Paperback
Shortly after the publishing of the critically acclaimed Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky once again showcases his talent as a versatile writer capturing the essense of the soul, plunging into the darkness of the human spirit, and manifests a trace of faltering light in his attempt to portray a Christ-figure, Prince Myshkin.
Selfless, innocent, truthful...our sickly hero fascinates the glamorous St. Petersburg society while blindly stumbling into an unseemly liason with a notorious "fallen angel". All the while claiming to love out of pity, the saintly antagonist grows to love a young beauty lurking behind a persona of nonchalance.
Love is selfish, and selflessness is of the characteristics that defines the Christ-figure Dostoyevsky tries to present here. The Christ-figure fails b/c perfection is suffering...like all idealism sprung from the pursuit of perfection as our world is a battleground where no extremeties thrive. Myshkin does love two women, but is ultimately lost in his pathos toward "sinners". After all, what would Christ choose between passion and compassion?
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By Kristen E. Abbey on July 24, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Very helpful with trying to understand The Idiot.
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7 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the worst thing Dostoevsky ever wrote. Prince Myushkin was an adorable figure, but without a plot, who cares? This book was obviously written for serial publication with Dostoevsky being paid by the word.
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