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The Grand Inquisitor Paperback – April 9, 2009
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It is important to remember that "The Grand Inquistor" was not Dostoevsky's final answer in The Brothers Karamazov. Reading this edition alone provides a flawed view of both Dostoevsky's writing and philosophy and The Brothers Karamazov.
I would recommend reading the book as a whole instead [and I particularly recommend the Pevear and Volokhonsky translation for that: it is much more accurate to the original Russian]. Or at a minimum, reading the other edition of this book. Either way, you will get a more complete glimpse to the genius of Dostoevsky, which this fails to provide.
The Grand Inquisitor is truly an essential read, but not in this presentation of it.
In Ivan's story (he being an atheist) to his brother Alyosha (he being a wannabe priest) the Grand Inquisitor in Spain sees a returned Jesus walking out of a city having healed a girl. The Inquisitor orders Jesus arrested and then visits him in jail. The wizened Grand Inquisitor lectures the silent Jesus on the folly of freedom and individual choice and says to him, "There are three forces, the only forces that are able to conquer and hold captive forever the conscience of these weak rebels (the people) for their own happiness--these forces are: miracle, mystery, and authority." As the monologue continues, the whole rationale for an autocracy (be it religious or political) is explained. Also growingly obvious is the fact that Jesus, in his silence, is winning the argument. In the end, Jesus is set free.Read more ›
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I thought it very mind blowing and of great interest regarding the Catholic Church both back in the days of the Inquisitor and now. Read morePublished 15 months ago by John T. Pettit
This is very enlightening reading. It is very dark and disturbing. It paints a very negative picture of the church and of mankind.Published on July 25, 2014 by Kindle Customer
The text of this book is wider than the screen on my Kindle. The left side of the text is off the screen. The Kindle does not allow me to scroll to the the full text. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Bill W
NOT AS GOOD AS OTHER BOOKS BY DOSTOYEVSKY AND NOT A PAGE TURNING DRAMA. HIS OTHER BOOKS WERE A LOT BETTER READS AND MUCH MORE OF A CLASSIC NATURE.Published on December 14, 2013 by nanette jakobson
Very small book but a good read. It is a nice insight. I needed it for my college honors course and it did the job.Published on October 7, 2013 by Natalie Yeck
This is perhaps the greatest essay on human nature that I have ever read. I have struggled, for the past 20 years,
to understand how America with all the ideas and values... Read more
i rate good because i consider a good book to read and makes pleople reflect and think
it was used but in exellents conditions. thanks