A new thread for the book club to discuss its next reading: The Brothers Karamazov, written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky!
Sorry for the delay. I took longer getting this up than I would have liked to. If you were working on something, Chewy, feel free to just post whatever you've got here (those notes you took were great, by the way - do you mind if I post them here? Or if you have more, you could post those as well).
And so we enter the realm of the russians. Let me begin by addressing the elephant in the room: this book is quite long. I expect to spend two to four months on it as a group. Many of you had trouble finishing Heart of Darkness in a month, meaning this will likely be a challenge for you - I hope that the prose of Dostoyevsky suits you all more (I know I was not a fan of Conrad) and that you can get through this at a better pace. Even if it seems like too much, though, I hope that you all stick around and do your best to read along with the rest of us. Do your best and don't give up! And keep us all updated with your progress as we go.
If you didn't finish Heart of Darkness at all, feel free to catch up on that and continue to this book at your own leisure. Even if you don't finish reading these works, all of you have something to contribute to the discussion of them, which is what I'm really hoping to gain from these threads.
Let's get to the questions. I ripped some off the interwebs this time. Bear with me here, I know less about this one than I did Heart of Darkness and it's also much less controversial which makes it a little harder.
1. What translation are you reading/going to read? I want to warn you a little about this: don't overthink it. In all likelihood, your first choice was probably fine, and unless you find yourself disgusted with what you're reading, don't worry about switching to a different translation. I do reccommend doing a little bit of research into it, maybe google around for a half hour or so, but don't overdo it looking for the "best" translation, or you'll find yourself never reading the damn book! Read through some previews and find one with prose that you enjoy. That will be the most important thing. If you have any thoughts on the different translations, please let us all know them!
2. Dostoyevsky was, of course, quite religious, and Christianity plays an important role in everything he wrote. I've met quite a few people who actually said Dostoye