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4.0 out of 5 stars logically fogged mind
Notes from the underground is a wonderful book that helps expand the mind into things one might never have challenged before. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys overanalysing ideas to the point that it hurts. If you do plan on reading this book, I recommend you read just a few pages a day so as to keep yourself fresh and not overloaded with stuff. All in...
Published on May 20 2004 by Justin Baas
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from a High School Student
I had to read this book going into the tenth grade for english class, and while the message Dostoyevsky is attempting to get across is certainly a valid issue, the book was way over my head at the time. I found the Underground Man's constant rambling on about his life in the first part of the book to be extremely boring and eventless, while the second part was altogether...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars logically fogged mind,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)Notes from the underground is a wonderful book that helps expand the mind into things one might never have challenged before. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys overanalysing ideas to the point that it hurts. If you do plan on reading this book, I recommend you read just a few pages a day so as to keep yourself fresh and not overloaded with stuff. All in all i htink it is a genious book, hilarious at parts as well, and it deserves a salute from me!
5.0 out of 5 stars Context,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)From what I understand Alexander Herzen wrote Who is to Blame? in 1847 and Ivan Turgenev wrote Fathers and Sons in 1862, both novels dealing with the alienation of the Russian intelligentsia and other social problems. Nikolay Chernyshevsky then in 1863 wrote What is to be Done? in response to both of these novels. He implied that the solution to Russia's social and economic problems lay in materialism, positivism and rational utilitarianism. Dostoevsky then in 1864 wrote Notes From the Underground in response to What is to be Done? In his book Dostoevsky ridicules the logical implications of Chernyshevsky's philosophy. All of these books can be seen as part of a long running argument.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Dostoevksy writes is a Masterpiece!,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Hardcover)This is my third novel by Fydor Dostoevksy and I don't think I could rate it any less or more than the other two. All of his books seem to be landmarks in literature. All of them unique in thier own way. None of them can be overlooked. All of them are also way ahead of there time. And they are all not for the closed-minded 'logical' reader.
Notes From Underground is one of Dostoevsky's shorter works, it is very intriging so you will find that you finish it very quickly.
The first part of the novel offers little to no plot. It is basically just philosophical rambling from the first-person narrorator. Don't let the world, 'rambling' confuse you, this book is very serious and thought provoking.
In the second part of the novel we are introduced to some characters beside the narrorator and we see the reason for the rambling in the first part of the novel.
I think that most people who read Dostoevsky can relate to his feelings around other people. He is alone, he feels like people are judging him. People don't want him around, but he is too proud to admit any of this.
The novel deals with how much we can know before it becomes dangerous. When we know too much we might find things that we do not want to know. Does this mean we should stop our search for truth? What if in our search we discover that there is no truth? This is a very thought provoking novel.
I highly reccomend this latest translation, it is very easy to read, much better than the old translation of Crime and Punishment that I read. I am in fact considering re-reading these novels just because these new Translators do a very good job.
Buy this book alongside Hunger by Knut Hamsun as they deal with a lot of the same ideas and were written very close to each other in a timeline.
Now I will rate the book from A-F like I do in all my reviews:
Character Devolpment: A
With an overall grade of an A, this book will be one that I will definetly return too.
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from a High School Student,
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This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)I had to read this book going into the tenth grade for english class, and while the message Dostoyevsky is attempting to get across is certainly a valid issue, the book was way over my head at the time. I found the Underground Man's constant rambling on about his life in the first part of the book to be extremely boring and eventless, while the second part was altogether irrelevant. I do think that the symbolism and Dostoyevsky's frustration with the period in which he lived is well written, though. If I was not forced to read this book for school and waited until I was a bit more intellectually mature to read it I do think that I would have appreciated and admired Dostoyevsky and his work.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Intro to Dostoyevsky,
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This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)For those readers who are interested in Dostoyevsky but aren't willing to commit to one of his more verbose works, this is a good one to try. The plot is classic Dostoyevsky but tends to read a bit easier. As with all of his works, be prepared to reflex on what you've read and even read certain passages repeatedly.
5.0 out of 5 stars notes.........,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)This is the first book of a series of novels that form Dostoievsky's "second period" works, which includes "Crime and Punishment", "Karamazov Brothers", "The Idiot" and others. Though a short novel compared to the ones mentioned, we can find here the seeds of many subjects Dostoievsky was to develop further in his subsequent works.
The book is divided into two parts. In the first one, the main character -an obscure student whose name is not even mentioned- introduces himself as a sick and spiteful man. He makes a long diatribe against subjects such as free will, rationalism and romanticism. He attempts to explain his ideas of life and the quest of being, relating man with a piano keyboard: man does not want to think of himself as an instrument that can be played by a superior force without having the power to use his will; rather he has to demonstrate he is a human being with an inner and singular self and not just a piece that belongs to a bigger mechanism.
In the second part, this troubled man engages in telling us his difficulties to relate to other people. Here the author brings some characters into the scene, whose principal role is to show the main character's incapability to interact in society. The scene in which he delivers a wordy speech to a young prostitute in a dark cubicle is particularly touching.
Dostoievsky is great. What else may I say?.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of Existentialist Fiction,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)This book is superior to Nausea. I hope that everyone gets a chance to read it. This is a crucial doctrine of 19th century despair and anguish and a facet of individualism. It shows a man who is agonized by his own hypersensitive self-consciousness. The story is of course riddled with Dostoyevsky's trademark contradictory piety and skeptcism, redemption through fallen souls, etc. It's not the story of a particular man but a vision of modern man and his need to go underground. Read this book and go underground with him!
5.0 out of 5 stars Man From Underground...,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)"I am a sick man. ... I am a spiteful man."
Notes from Underground is one of the most influential pieces of fiction in Western European history. It contains an all-out assault on Enlightenment rationalism and the idea of progress which foreshadows many such assaults in the mid-to-late twentieth century. An outstanding example of Dostoyevsky's psychological skills, depicting a character motivated by many contradictory impulses are found in the novel. One of the most salient characteristics of the Underground Man is his profound self-contempt combined with an exquisitely sensitive ego--a combination that is much discussed these days. Portraying him as one of the first anti-heroes in fiction, a protagonist utterly lacking every trait of the Romantic hero and living out a futile life on the margins of society. Such figures were to dominate much serious fiction in the mid-twentieth century, notably Albert Camus' Meursault in The Stranger. Dostoyevsky thus makes clear that the underground man's irrationalist solution is no better than the rationalists' systems.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and moody, but intelligent and rewarding,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)It is somewhat ironic that usually the people who pick up thislittle book are going through a personal crisis. This is probably thelast thing they need. This is not a cheer-up book, although they may find some commiseration in the narrator's life.
Who is this narrator? Like the protagonist of Dostoyevksy's -The Idiot-, he is someone who believes himself to be superior to "the great mass," but who is so superior that he must live "underground" (much like living as an "idiot"). He is something of a voluntary outcast, who nevertheless manages little personal moments of stickin' it to the man... perhaps the funniest subplot is how he plays "chicken" with important people who are walking down the sidewalk...
A Russian literary critic is rumored to have said "Dostoyevsky is the nastiest Christian I've ever met." And indeed, you would be mistaken if you expected something overly life-affirming, even in an existentialist way, in this book. It is life-affirming only in a fatalistic Russian sense, of "No matter how bad it gets, we can always laugh about it." Even the one scene that is set up as a messianic, optimistic scene, turns into something ugly and spiteful.
Still, this novel is interesting and brilliant, and a great introduction to Dostoyevsky's psychological studies and his anti-rationalist, anti-Enlightenment crusade. If nothing else, it shows Dostoyevsky before he wrote he had written his major novels, and before he had been sent to Siberia (an experience that made him significantly temper his anti-establishment views).
5.0 out of 5 stars una mezcla de literatura y filosofia,
This review is from: Notes from the Underground (Paperback)....aunque cada obra literaria seria esta fundamentada en principios filosoficos y cada filosofia es una historia de nuestras luchas, esta obra es una mezcla perfecta de ideas entre los pensamientos del literato y del filosofo. anuncio de sus mas grandes y extensas obras, como son crimen y castigo y los hermanos karamazov. este antiheroe es una voz muy liberal para su tiempo y a veces fue incomprendido, pero todo aquel que desee leer a dostoievski y quiera adentrarse en sus obras deberia leer esta en primer lugar como una introduccion y ya tendra la mitad del trabajo hecho, la otra mitad consiste en lidiar con los nombres rusos que dan un poco de trabajo.. LUIS MENDEZ email@example.com
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Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Paperback - Feb. 21 1992)
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