The Idiot - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Idiot

By Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  • Publication Date: 1869-01-01
  • Genre: Classics
4 Score: 4 (From 331 Ratings)

Book Overview

Prince Myshkin returns to Russia from an asylum in Switzerland. As he becomes embroiled in the frantic amatory and financial intrigues which centre around a cast of brilliantly realised characters and which ultimately lead to tragedy, he emerges as a unique combination of the Christian ideal of perfection and Dostoevsky's own views, afflictions and manners.

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Users Reviews

  • The Idiot

    By Molly Mormom
  • Great book

    By Azucar de Caña
    Loved this book, it changed my mind about Dostoyevsky whom I considered a bit too heavy. This is easy to read and keeps you interested the whole time. Left me thinking a lot about human nature and accountability. The edition/translation itself is not great, misspellings and grammatical errors are found. But it doesn't take from the story.
  • Absolute nonsense

    By ShooooootMeeeee!
    As a lover and appreciator of the classics, I had always meant to read some Dostoyevsy. My mother had a copy of this and recommended it to me. In short, dear friends, if you're lucky enough to read this before wasting months dragging yourselves through it, just don't do it. To sum it up without giving anything of the plot away, it is just much ado about nothing. No meaningful points or lessons - just much ado about nothing. Can't believe I wasted so much time ill never get back. Ugh!
  • The Idiot

    By mbur49
    Of course it is a great book, as are all written by famous 19th century Russian novelists. Just obscure and rambling enough to rate as literature rather than pulp fiction, but with an equally lurid and engaging story line. Several themes are propounded upon in convenient soliloquies: Life, Death, Religion, Politics, etc. These are interesting for their reflection of the place and time, Russia in the 19th century. So foreign to a modern American mindset! This particular e-edition contains about 50 errors and is tricky to decipher where these occur.
  • Interesting read

    By rlp2014nj
    The story is a little hard to follow as the author uses various names for the same character, but overall it's well written. Detailed, enticing, and definitely a tale of the times.
  • A great book . Extraordinarily told and drawn.

    By chefluis1975
    I loved this book . I couldn't put it down.
  • Idiot

    By Goliath Tiger Fish
    No wonder it's called the idiot. The chapters are mixed up.
  • Need to fix the chapters

    By jkooker
    There seem to be gaps or mixed up chapters in this one. Frustrating.
  • Alright

    By Ritareads
    I didn't realize till the end that there were some misplaced chapters inserted at the end.
  • The Idiot

    By cahesada4444
    See above.