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Karamazblog Book X

Book I
Book II
Book III
Book IV
Book V
Book VI
Book VII
Book IX

Book X: In which very little happens. We spend time with a group of little boys, including one who is dying, and a dog. The main plot is not advanced at all. No one seems particularly bothered.

In a word: AAAAAARRRGH!!!!

Okay, well, I guess we learn more about what a nice guy Alyosha is. We meet a precocious, lively, wild but obviously with a heart-of-gold boy that Alyosha takes quite a shine to (Alyosha/Kolya slash, anyone??). We meet yet more of the mosaic of fascinating characters that make up the web of connections between people that FD seems fascinated by. There's a bunch more philosophy. There's a scene in the market which is no doubt planted to make us notice what lousy witnesses people are. Yes, Fyodor, we got that...

And there's some stuff about feeding a dog bread dough with a pin in it that's supposed to be "oh, naughty boy, what a chuckle" that had me gnashing my teeth. And srsly wtf about the dog? Kolya has been hiding the dying kid's dog all this time, brings it to him for a tearful reunion, and then takes it home again??

And the dying kid doesn't even have the grace to die in the end of this section. Just when you thought something was actually going to happen...



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Aug. 18th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Hahaha. You're really hating this book, yeah?

I thought that we were supposed to think Kolya was quite awful and that the pin thing was also quite awful but that the boy might be salvageable. All boys might, that is, be salvageable, and if we don't save them, we're all going to suffer. Having had a 13-year-old son and having observed him with his hoodlum friends, I think the insufferable, dangerous cockiness and willingness to do evil to look cool (to be a "man") was spot-on. And the results of Dmitri's small sin, the humiliation of the sick kid's father, is having terrible results. The sacrifice of the innocents and so forth. Maybe that father and son are meant to be a contrast to Karamazov and co?

To be honest, the scene in the kid's room, with the nutjob mom and the weepy sister and the clueless doctor reminded me so strongly of my time in housing projects that I wanted to get away, just as I did get away, in so-called real life.
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Aug. 18th, 2009 06:17 am (UTC)
Ahahaha! That's GREAT! Thank you, Dave :)
Aug. 26th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, didn't see this until now. Good one. You can always count on the onion!

I think I am beginning to feel like a failure because I did read all of TBK.
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Aug. 22nd, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
Oui. Bonne chance.
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