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More with the Mad Genius.........Quick read? I finished Crime and Punishment and thought Id zip through Notes like a snack before going on to the Brothers Karamozov. Quick read? Think again.

Imagine being locked in a very small room with a verbose, insane, brilliant, jaded, before-his-times, clerk-come-philosopher....with a wicked sense of humor, and a toothache thats lasted a month. Pleasant company....are you searching for the door yet?

For the first hour, hes going to rant about his philosophy of revenge, the pointlessness of his life, his superiority, his failure, oh yeah, and his tooth. For the second half of the book, hes going to tell you a tale, with the title Apropos of the Wet Snow. Because of course, theres wet snow outside on the ground.

I will leave you with this encouragement. If you can get through this book, you will appreciate Doestoevsky more, understand Crime and Punishment better, and probably enjoy a good laugh more than once.

Notes from the Underground is not light reading, but it is well worth the effort. And this translation is excellent.

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