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White Nights and Other Stories The Novels of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Volume X Kindle Edition

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Length: 279 pages

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  • File Size: 437 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005051MQQ
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on November 15, 2011
Honestly, I had no choice but to read (re-read actually) Fyodor Dostoevsky's "White Nights" after watching Luchino Visconti's film "Le Notti Bianche", which purported to be 'loosely' based on the novella. Loosely, indeed! The film script is about as close to the text as Pinocchio is to Moby Dick. Hey, there were whales in both! I've reviewed the film already, so let's turn the pages of the standard translation.

"White Nights" is a first-person narrative of four nights in the dismal life of a man whom the 19th C might have regarded as a "melancholy dreamer" -- that's what he calls himself -- but whom the 21st C would tersely diagnose as pathologically depressed and probably bi-polar. Unlike the film, the novella is entirely focused on the man and his state of mind, his unfathomable anomie and loneliness. The first-person narrator is so awkward that he narrates his own hapless life in third-person. One night, as he trudges the back streets of St Petersburg, he comes upon a young woman standing on a bridge, crying. Despite his morbid dread of encounters with other humans, he finds himself eager to speak to this attractive stranger, and a chance mishap brings them into conversation. Of course he falls into a euphoria that he supposes to be Love ... and that's all I dare tell of the plot, isn't it?

I hardly know whether to declare that this story is a psychological masterpiece or else a piece of maudlin drivel. It's one or the other, and opting for the former is the better part of reviewer's valor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Taffo on February 22, 2013
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I wanted to give my girlfriend a little gift and this book totally served the purpose! She loves it, she read it three times already!
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Might the notion that nice guys finish last have originated here in Dostoevsky's novella "White Nights"? Published in 1848, in a time we cannot today well-enough comprehend, Dostoyevsky gives us a glimpse into the human heart that reaffirms we, as a loving, emotionally-driven people, aren't so different now as we were nearly 200 years ago.

Dostoyevsky can be a challenge for the average reader, but after having read this book, I find myself wanting to urge any reader of any genre or preference to read this fascinating story. The plot itself is simple, and one we've all grown accustomed to seeing or experiencing. A lonely man for years, now cynical about his future and ultimately relegated to a misanthropic life within a lonely apartment, the only company an elderly maid, happens upon a girl in distress one night as he walks languidly around the cold, desolate streets of St. Petersburg. He's drawn to her and appears overcome with love at first sight. He emotionally exposes himself to her, relaying a timidity he has toward women, essentially a lack of confidence, the kind with which many men can empathize.

What transpires is a four-night journey that has both this man, the narrator, and Nastenka, the lady whom he grows to love, reconvene at the same location where they first met. They slowly get to know and grow fond of one another by revealing details of their respective backgrounds, lending further understanding to the circumstances that led to their happenstance encounter. We see the man struggle with himself, his timidity obvious as he dives into the uncharted waters of love to secure the hand of a woman who battles her own affliction of love toward another man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr Art on January 11, 2013
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Genuine Dostoevsky. Very deep insight into the workings of the human mind--all the projections, fears, and mental conflicts that humans experience-if, they let themselves.
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By pm on December 5, 2012
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This review is mainly for the short story, White Nights. Always been a great fan of Dostoyevsky, but this short story of his is perhaps my favourite short story ever written. The poetic story telling he engages the reader in is like none can- soulful and full of the most nuanced emotions, woven inextricably with the storyline.
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By Ellen Osborn on December 3, 2012
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Russia always seems to do it tough, and reading these little twisted tales reveals the ironies of absolutist rulers, suffering of the everyman and woman, and the indomitable spirit of a great writer to keep writing the truth of life for Russian society of his time. Cautionary tales of hope within the gloom of a Russian winter.
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By Vipin Behari Goyal on February 2, 2014
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This is one of the classical love story which explores the human mind and fluctuation in emotions with change in circumstances. The main question about true love remains eternally unanswered. The conflict of emotions and logic is well narrated in typical Dostoyevsky style.
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