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PostSubject: Russian writers   Sat Apr 10, 2010 7:41 pm

I've just spent an afternoon arguing with a friend about Russian writers.

His point: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev are the greatest writers that ever lived.
My point: I tried Dostoevsky and Tolstoy, and found them stodgy and tedious. Especially Tolstoy - I have wondered for years if he actually had a point to make in "War and Peace", and if so, if he had maybe forgotten to mention it.

What are your thoughts? Has anyone ever read any Russian classics? And what did you think of them?

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PostSubject: Re: Russian writers   Sun Apr 11, 2010 1:04 am

I have read "War and Peace" by Tolstoy and "Crime and Punishment" by Dostoevsky and very much enjoyed them both. Yes, sometimes it seemed as if they didn't know when to stop writing, and the novels got tedious at times, but for me their characterizations were second to none. Nobody dove into the psyches of their characters like those two and Victor Hugo. Certainly no contemporary writers that I can think of. Could "War and Peace" have been whittled down by a few hundred pages? Certainly. But for me, it was still an incredible read, and I am glad I picked it up. I have yet to read anything by Turgenev.

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PostSubject: Re: Russian writers   Sun Apr 11, 2010 7:46 pm

Well, so much for shunning Russian authors. Another book flea market today, and here come both "Anna Karenina" and "The Kreutzer Sonata" Very Happy I hope I'll get into those; I'd hate to feel stupid.

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