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After being treated for epilepsy at a Swiss sanatorium, Prince Muishkin returns to St. Petersburg to reconnect with a wealthy distant relative and her family. Guileless and charming, Muishkin endears himself to everyone he meets, and they place him in the center of high society’s conflicts. Soon Muishkin becomes caught in a sphere of jealousy, betrayal, extortion, and murder. And he finds his loyalties divided between two women - one needing love, the other salvation. 

Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s most personal work, The Idiot is an uncompromising look at a corrupt world where moral men and women are sometimes limited to immoral choices.

Revised edition: Previously published as The Idiot, this edition of The Idiot (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • 01-11-2020

lack of story and depth

I had listened to it in early January and then read a Kindle version in October. Definitely better than audio for writing that is more time-specific. I still found it to be 3 stars or less. Sub-plots that meander uselessly (Hippolyte and his story) and nuances that really don't depict characters any more clearly (Vera, her brother) than the first of many times. IMHO the Idiot himself was amidst the shallow and hindered and continued to expect things would change after repeated intrusions. I have read reviews saying that the idiot Prince (the hero) was better than the others. Was he really? He said he loved the general's youngest daughter (really? why? because she was a child IMO idiot without education or interest). Nastasia perhaps but then he did not develop anything with her prior to the wedding (IMO showing he was an Idiot). Of all people why did Nastasia run off with her unloved and known to be evil,Repoge (is she too an Idiot). Maybe Dostoyevsky is saying everyone of supposed societal leadership is an idiot and can't be trusted. If that is the case why move into a religious tirade (by our hero idiot) that leads to his ultimate demise and transition back to idiocy. Is he saying Christians and the heros' unloved Catholics are Idiots too? I don't think so. Was the violence of religion just a tool for the story? It just did not seem to be needed in that context.

The Dostoyevsky writing was good but again the story and purpose seemed to be thrown together with character development and its depth sorely missing.

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