Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. This novella The Double is a provocative exploration of sanity, sense of self, and perception. Dostoyevsky cleverly employs mirrors to focus one's contemplation on self-reflection, and when the dust all settles, nothing is truly certain.
The Gambler brilliantly captures the strangely powerful compulsion to bet that Dostoyevsky, himself a compulsive gambler, knew so well. The hero rides an. Editorial Reviews. domaine-solitude.com Review. The Gambler brilliantly captures the strangely The Gambler (Modern Library Classics) - Kindle edition by Fyodor.
Who is the doppelganger? The beauty of this book is that the answers to these questions and more can be lengthily discussed, debated, considered and, ultimately, reserved for another read and another discussion.
The discussion panel for this book included a Russian ex-pat, a Russian Literature professor and a Stanford Literature Professor. If you have a chance to look at the video of the discussion, you may enjoy it. Although I would not necessarily argue that this is Dostoevsky's best novel, it nevertheless is my favorite. It is short and relatively uncomplicated.
A man who is so insecure that he constantly places himself in situations where he knows he is going to be slighted and insulted finally projects a copy of himself into what he thinks is the real world. This copy or "double" of himself, however, is very comfortable in polite society, is well liked and promoted at work.
The double is a hallucination on the part of "Mr. Golyadkin," but he fits into every facet of the protagonist's life, at first humble and friendly, later mocking and undermining, and finally part of Mr. Golyadkin's total moral destruction. The Double has many points in common with the unnamed narrator of Notes from Underground who elevates man's habit of acting against his own best interests practically to a religion.
This narrator is also undone by forcing himself on people who he knows will reject him. This book is not easy to read and i suspect that is the point. Now imagine being in that person's head. Not something you would do for fun. I'd rather watch an adapted movie. These two stories lack some of the depth and detail of Dostoevsky's more famous novels but that doesn't mean they aren't both worth reading.
They're a lot different than his other work and in many ways are more accessible because they're less complex. This book is fantastic.
I love Dostoyevsky's somber humor. Can't wait to re-read. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. Delivery and Returns see our delivery rates and policies thinking of returning an item?
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This copy or "double" of himself, however, is very comfortable in polite society, is well liked and promoted at work. His first novel, Poor Folk appeared in The Gambler was a little better, although the protagonist of that book also seems a bit short on brain cells and although none of the characters were at all easy to relate to. Feb 05, Tiffany rated it liked it. Click here Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? And everyone talks about Dostoyevsky all the time, I wanted to know what all the fuss is about. From what I know, he wrote this in a hurry to pay off a gambling debt oh the irony.
The cover looks good, but is made of inferior quality material. The printing is good and readable. One person found this helpful. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. An interesting story of a man caught between his love for a woman, trying to help her financially, and losing her and all he has. Interesting that it is told in the first person. A good way to examine the main character's emotions and motivations. I enjoyed this book. Well written, excellent plot, wonderfully full characters, that have great personality and are totally believable.
I have purchased the next book, can't wait to dive in. I am a big fan of Dostoevsky, but I have to say this is an odd book.