One year in high school, I had to read “Crime and Punishment” for literature. Ever since then, I’ve adored Dostoevsky’s writing. My family often rolls their eyes when they see me hauling one of his 2 1/2 inch thick books around or when I request one of his books for Christmas (I’ll admit that it does sound odd to ask for a book entitled “The Possessed”).
When I finished reading the “The Idiot” the other day, I found this quote in the back and thought it described Dostoevsky’s books well:
“The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools, gyrating sandstorms, waterspouts which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul. Against our wills we are drawn in, whirled round, blinded, suffocated, and at the same time filled with a giddy rapture.” ~ Virginia Woolf
So maybe I am a total nerd for enjoying Dostoevsky’s dark, psychological works, but Einstein once said, “Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist, more than Gauss.” So I figure if liking Dostoevsky puts me in the same category as Einstein, then it must be ok!
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