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Great diary P.

Well, great in the sense that once I started I couldn't put it down and wanted it to keep going.

Since I've never read Mr. D. I can't really say if you are on to something or not and I certainly can't identify myself as a character created by Mr. D. (Actually I did read Notes from the Underground back in Law School in a Law & Literature class, but that was a long time ago and I don't remember much about it except that it was hard to follow).  

And while you've convinced me that I must finally bring myself to read one of Mr. D's BIG novels, it will have to wait until I finish Tolstoy since I committed to Anna Karenina last September and I'm still not finished with it.  (Life interfered.)

by Maryb2004 on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 12:55:53 AM EST
In what sense is it not great?

Forget Tolstoy.  Honestly - I'd rather put pins in my eyes.  How anything can be so epic and tedious at the same time, I don't know.  (I do like his short stories...)  

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky

by poemless on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 01:30:50 PM EST
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Are you kidding?  I'm loving Anna - it's a giant soap opera.   With none of that philosophical stuff you say Dostoyevsky has.  No need to think - just enjoy.

Now, I'll grant you that these are characters that go through enormous thought processes to make a decision and then in the next chapter something happens, they change their mind and the whole thought process starts all over again. But since I overthink everything, I'm good with that.

by Maryb2004 on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 02:52:28 PM EST
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Ok.  Just don't, you know, fling yourself in front of a train or anything...

"Talking nonsense is the sole privilege mankind possesses over the other organisms." -Dostoevsky
by poemless on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 03:23:39 PM EST
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But the train of history will run over you anyway:


    "In historical events great men - so-called - are but labels serving to give a name to the event, and like labels they have the least possible connection with the event itself. Every action of theirs, that seems to them an act of their own free will, is in an historical sense not free at all, but in bondage to the whole course of previous history, and predestined from all eternity."

Tolstoy, War and Peace



Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.
by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 04:49:14 PM EST
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Well NOW you've ruined it :)
by Maryb2004 on Fri Feb 27th, 2009 at 04:57:54 PM EST
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