Sunshine Recorder

Currently Reading: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul—a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, “beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is.” The result was one of Dostoevsky’s greatest characters—Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure. The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin’s very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.

Currently Reading: The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Just two years after completing Crime and Punishment, which explored the mind of a murderer, Dostoevsky produced another masterpiece, The Idiot. This time the author portrays a truly beautiful soul—a character he found difficult to bring to life because, as he wrote, “beauty is the ideal, and neither my country, nor civilized Europe, know what that ideal of beauty is.” The result was one of Dostoevsky’s greatest characters—Prince Myshkin, a saintly, Christ-like, yet deeply human figure. The story begins when Myshkin arrives on Russian soil after a stay in a Swiss sanatorium. Scorned by St. Petersburg society as an idiot for his generosity and innocence, the prince finds himself at the center of a struggle between a rich, kept woman and a beautiful, virtuous girl, who both hope to win his affection. Unfortunately, Myshkin’s very goodness seems to bring disaster to everyone he meets. The shocking denouement tragically reveals how, in a world obsessed with money, power, and sexual conquest, a sanatorium is the only place for a saint.

  1. wisherwell reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  2. middlenamewinston reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  3. theacdcbag reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  4. pachiwkaboom reblogged this from mabby-not
  5. songbooksandtea reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  6. elle-y reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  7. krassowsky reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  8. apatchofskyabovemylife reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  9. doctordangerous reblogged this from fuckyeahreading
  10. fuckyeahreading reblogged this from sunrec
  11. yonnster reblogged this from sunrec
  12. sunrec posted this