I've read over 50 books and as a seasoned veteran all I have to say is... I quit.
Nothing will ever surpass The Brothers Karamazov.
This is the pinnacle of art in its purest form.
The quality of this board is same as it was before. Are you half asleep?
Iktf op and I'm pretty seasoned with classic literature, some of my other readings include "the shining" and even "lord of the flies" (really dense thought provoking literature is my fortay but I enjoy literature film and music more for avant guard prose and expression than story)
My Goodreads lists me at 80 books (half of those are manga tho) and I can say this with confidence, I AGREE.
It really is a masterpiece, I was thinking of buying the original Russian copy just to support the author.
I read GR twice and I feel I understand it completely with a few exceptions of individual passages that trail off into abstraction or reference too much mystic shit I don't get.
If you'd stop memeing and actually read it you'd see it's not actually that confusing.
This thread disgusts me and I am appalled that I have been speaking with dillettantes who haven't even broken triple digit book counts on the literature section of an Australian aboriginal heritage forum fucking Christ
If you don't have at least 300 books in your personal library you do not belong here PLEBIANS GET OUUUUT ROOOOO
I've read two books just today and feel like I don't know shit about literature. This is pretty normal for me on days I don't work. How can you feel so superior and knowing if you've only read a the equivalent to a month's reading? You are smug, sir.
I know the feeling brother. The Brothers Karamazov was the first book I read a few years back when I got back into reading and since then, nothing has surpassed it in any aspect save for maybe comedic, which I will give to Don Quixote. I challenge anyone to propose a superior work of literature.
>I've read over 50 books
This is obviously bait, but to be fair, I estimate I've read over 700 books since high school (I'm 30 now), and I have to agree that Brothers Karamazov might be the pinnacle.
The Divine Comedy. Dosto is great, one of the best novelists sure but he only gets so much praise because of his appeal to young people. Shakespeare, Dante, Tolstoy, Homer, Milton, among others, are all better.
There are a few moments where he questions his faith though. Plus, he's in love with Lise even though she's obviously emotional unstable and anti-christian. I think he's comforted that someone shares the skepticisms that he keeps repressed inside him. He's not even offended when she describes her dream of killing a baby with a brick and laughing,
OP maybe if you were to rephrase that as 'this is the pinnacle of literary art in its purest form' to refer specifically to literature then maybe i'd agree
>the pinnacle of art in its purest form
lmaoing rn m8 pls
About 200 pages in now and I have to say the writing is pretty bad (at least the style) and the philosophical bits are heavy handed and go really no where, a lot of digressive info dumping, but the story has me hooked and there are some great characters....looking forward to the rest, despite the sloppy writing