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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is a collection of select chapters from "The Brothers Karamazov."
There is a lengthy introduction that explains in detail the author's philosophy and how it is revealed in each of the four chapters presented here.
"The Brothers Make Friends" is simply here to introduce the two brothers Ivan and Alyosha. Ivan is the Europeanized lover of science, and Alyosha is the young Romantic. Dostoevsky uses his characters as representatives of different worldviews, and develops action in such a way to show how each worldview could be flawed.
In "Rebellion," Ivan's character is developed as he reveals his disdain at the suffering of children and how cruel it seems since they are without sin. Ivan says that he realizes there is suffering and that no one is responsible. This shocks him because he values order, and yet there seems to be no justice in the world.
In "The Grand Inquisitor" chapter, Ivan tells a fable based in the Spanish Inquisition in which the Catholic Inquistor judges Christ, who has returned. He condemns Christ to death saying he valued freedom of faith over mankind's happiness (in ignorance of freedom).
This small book concludes with the incredible story of Father Zossima. In the "Russian Monk," Dostoevsky explains the old Russian, holistic vision of sobornost (love of the entire world and one's taking responsibilty for the sins of all). In this worldview, if all choose to follow it, all will serve all and the world will be a paradise.
Dostoevsky's storytelling is very emotional, and not so much picturesque. But there is so much impact in his words and message! This book is one of my all-time favorites, and I cannot wait to read "The Brothers Karamazov" in its entirity. This, probably, could also serve as a great introduction to Dostoevsky.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 1999
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Guignon's essay is borne out of and reflects such a genuine enthusiasm that it's ultimately worthwhile to read it just for fun even if you happen to disagree with his interpretation of the fable. It certainly provoked me into returning to and re-reading Dostoevsky's tale.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Dostoyevski does it again. Fortunately, in this brief book (as compared to much of his popular writing), he explores the inquisition and the racial / ethnic / religious factors therein. I can't comment on the accuracy of the translation in any way, other than I found this to be an immensely pleasurable and fascinating read! I highly recommend it! A.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2012
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By reading this small book one is exposed to the most grand panoramic view of human nature and human foibles. I was particularly awakened to perverted attempts and distorted motivations for being as saintly as one can be. This little book is, in my judgement, a powerful and highly informative insight into human nature.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Philosophy of Religion
To reread Fyodor Dostoevsky's story "The Grand Inquisitor and related chapters from The Brothers Karamazov" more than justifies buying this book. Charles B. Guignon's Introduction prepares the reader to an intellectual symposium comparable only to the one described by Plato in his friend Agathon's house over 2400 years ago. Constance Garnett's 1912 translation of The Brothers Karamazov "has become a classic in its own right:" the minor alterations Guignon made to the text bring it up-to-date. Gonzalo T. Palacios, Ph.D. author The Virgin Mary's Revolution (amazon.com).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2014
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The Dostoyevsky chapter entitled "The Grand Inquisitor" is sheer brilliance!! Sometimes there is a chapter of a book that is an epigram for the author's life and work. This chapter is that epigram. And even for those who are not interested in swimming in the ocean of Dostoyevsky, this chapter is a must! I am glad for this edition that hones in on this one chapter.
-Amos Smith (author of Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity's Mystic Roots)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2014
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This is okay, but if you are interested in this and want the full experience, then I recommend buying to actual book the Brother Karamazov (which I read before needing this for a class). You will not get the full experience or gain a true understanding of the message if you just read the passages here. The full book is wonderful and I would recommend that over this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2013
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Classic explanation of human wisdom & intentions superseding those of God;
Plus 'sheeplike' nature of mankind; Author traversed from the perspective of narrator brother to listener brother during his life;
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I thought the Introduction was a bit long, but I am glad I read the whole thing because it was vital to understand the literature. Very concise, very interesting. I love with Dostoevsky. I read Crime and Punishment this semester also for another class so it was really neat to compare the two pieces.
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on October 16, 2014
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Book came in perfect shape!
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