Shelves: international , russian The very idea of gambling is anathema to me. As a result, I was not a particular fan of "The Gambler. It would The very idea of gambling is anathema to me. As it was, I found him pathetic.
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Shelves: international , russian The very idea of gambling is anathema to me. As a result, I was not a particular fan of "The Gambler. It would The very idea of gambling is anathema to me.
As it was, I found him pathetic. The highlight of this story is the delightfully acerbic grandmama who turns up by surprise in the Central European spa town, "Roulettenburg", where the action takes place. What does one do in Roulettenburg? Why, play roulette of course! Towards the end, our protagonist, finding himself broke after once again staking his livelihood at the roulette wheel, is given a much-deserved tongue lashing by Mr.
Astley, a visiting Englishman. Astley tells him. In my mind all Russians are like that, or inclined to be. There are too few exceptions. You are not the first not to understand what work means Roulette is chiefly a Russian game. I enjoyed the delightful silliness of "A Nasty Story" a bit more. A comedy of good errors, it is more or less a take on the old adage, "no good deed goes unpunished.
Its a story that teached me to expect the unecpected when i think everything is gonna be perfect. Nothing goes as we dream. Jun 16, Smitha Murthy rated it liked it Was there a writer who wrote with more psychological acumen than Dostoevsky?
The more I read this great writers works, the more I am amazed by the depth of acuity this man had. In these three stories, Dostoevsky not only weaves a story in the way only he can, but also provides acute insights into the Russian society of those times. The Gambler took a while for me to really get into because I was completely confused at what was happening, but once you set aside the book readers compulsion to Was there a writer who wrote with more psychological acumen than Dostoevsky?
If you are a Dostoevsky fan like me, then you would enjoy these stories.
The Gambler/Bobok/A Nasty Story
From there he was assigned to a Moscow hospital, where he served as military doctor, and in , he was appointed a senior physician. In he married Maria Nechayeva. The following year, he took up a post at the Mariinsky Hospital for the poor. Mikhail Dostoevsky and Maria Dostoevskaya born Nechayeva. He was raised in the family home in the grounds of the Mariinsky Hospital for the Poor, which was in a lower class district on the edges of Moscow. From the age of three, he was read heroic sagas, fairy tales and legends by his nanny, Alena Frolovna, an especially influential figure in his upbringing and love for fictional stories.
Jump to navigation Jump to search "Bobok" takes place in a cemetery, perhaps similar to this one in St. The title can be translated from the Russian as meaning "little bean," and in the context of the story is taken to be synonymous with gibberish or nonsense. One day he attends the funeral of a casual acquaintance and falls to contemplation in the graveyard. He hears the voices of the recently deceased and buried, and he listens to their conversation. They discuss card games and political scandals, and they have decided that the "inertia" of consciousness allows them to converse even while in the grave "for two or three months
A bobok is a small bean Translated by Constance Garnett. Tell me that, pray. I did not resent it, I am a timid man; but here they have actually made me out mad. An artist painted my portrait as it happened: "After all, you are a literary man," he said. I submitted, he exhibited it. I read: "Go and look at that morbid face suggesting insanity.