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I thought the book ended very sadly, even for a Dostoyevsky novel. This comes after Mr. Astley gives Alexei the money to go to Switzerland, but Alexei spends it on his gambling habit even after he promised to go to visit Polina. In the beginning of the novel Alexei seemed fragile and innocent, but at the end he was ruthless and cold. The things that happened to him were unavoidable and ultimately shaped who he became and why he became addicted to gambling. I personally liked this book and thought that Dostoyevsky did a good job in showing just how easy it antipode of yourself within a matter of years.
Alexei Ivanovich was relatable and realistic which helped add to the reality that the addiction and depression that Alexei experienced are possible for anyone. I liked this book and if anyone else likes this book I would recommend other Dostoyevsky novels such as the Babok, or Crime and Punishment. This book also reminded me of the Stephen King book Gerald's Game. May 22, Marie rated it liked it. So this is a collection of three shorter pieces by Dostoyevsky, put together largely, I think, by virtue of being short and fitting nicely together in a paperback edition.
The first and longest piece is "The Gambler", a short novel with a fascinating history of its own - Dostoyevsky made a rash deal with a publisher that would have cost him everything if he couldn't produce a novel by a specific date - and by all reports including his own letters, he didn't start the thing until right before the So this is a collection of three shorter pieces by Dostoyevsky, put together largely, I think, by virtue of being short and fitting nicely together in a paperback edition.
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The first and longest piece is "The Gambler", a short novel with a fascinating history of its own - Dostoyevsky made a rash deal with a publisher that would have cost him everything if he couldn't produce a novel by a specific date - and by all reports including his own letters, he didn't start the thing until right before the deadline. This, my friends, is the novel Dostoyevsky pulled out of his butt to save his life. And it's thought to be a bit autobiographical a nice cheat when one's butt needs saving , though if it is, Dostoyevsky is either a complete ass or he was self-depricatingly depicting himself as a complete ass.
And I'm not talking about the gambling addiction. More the "I'm attracted to you therefore you owe me something" attitude and other just mean things the main character does. BUT "The Gambler" is worth it for the character of Grandmama, who had me turning pages furiously the moment she showed up. It reminded me of Gogol's "Diary of a Madman" and I did notice that the crazy narrator mentions Gogol at one point which made me think unkind thoughts toward D.
Still, there's some satire to it - if a bit over-the-top and with a somewhat misogynist flavor to my tastes. Who can not want to read a story called "A Nasty Story"? Sadly, it was not the kind of nasty I'd hoped for. Oh shush, you were thinking it, too. It starts slow with self-important bureaucrats arguing, and not even sure each one what they are arguing about. There is only one character in the whole story who is at all redeemable, and she is a woman, so that made me forgive D.
Our main character, whom we do not realize is the main character until some way into the story when the author says "This is our main character", sets out to make a point about equality between classes, but for all the wrong reasons - to show up the fellow he was arguing with and to gain fame and popularity for his 'bold move'.
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So of course it all goes to pot and the second half of the story, if you'll forgive a mild spoiler, is one long train-wreck. I quite enjoyed the last line, which if you read it, we can discuss. I'm trying ever so hard not to be a spoilerish person! Nov 23, Ben Crandell rated it really liked it. This book holds three stories of the type that involve contemplation. Reading Dostoyevsky is similar to running uphill. It is slower going, but it has rewards. The first "The Gambler" is about the follies of gambling.
Below the surface are characters whose philosophy about life are all together different, yet their fates hinge on money. Gambling seems the obvious cure, but is in fact a merciless destructive action. Love and madness are weaved in there, too. The second This book holds three stories of the type that involve contemplation.
The second is a short tale, Bobok. A reclusive old bachelor participates in a funeral and sleeps in a graveyard. In his dreams he hears the voices of the dead bodies below. They decide they should all tell their stories "with no shame", honestly. The General dead is opposed.
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The third is exactly what it's title says - "A Nasty Story". A young, highly qualified general Russian 's has political ideals about reaching out to the lower class. After receiving ridicule on this subject from elders, he misses his carriage home. On his walk home he decides to test his theory as he passes by a low class wedding celebration of one of his subordinates.
His good intentions turn to humiliation and finally to indignities beyond his dreams. May 10, Owen Spencer rated it it was amazing.
These three stories are much less depressing, and far more amusing, than expected. In fact, Bobok qualifies as comedy. I enjoyed this lighter side of Dostoevsky almost as much as his dark side. Although less gloomy, these stories still have great depth and range, with emphasis on human psychology. These writings, like many of his others, demonstrate Dostoevsky's depth of understanding about abnormal psychology, which is to his credit when you consider that psychology as a discipline did not even These three stories are much less depressing, and far more amusing, than expected.
These writings, like many of his others, demonstrate Dostoevsky's depth of understanding about abnormal psychology, which is to his credit when you consider that psychology as a discipline did not even exist during his lifetime.
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Dostoevsky's short stories and novellas are actually a good place to start if you are new to his work because they are somewhat more accessible to a broader audience. I am getting very close to having read all of Dostoevsky's published works, but that's OK because many of them are worth reading a second time, which I'm sure I'll do. Nov 19, John rated it really liked it. I enjoyed all three stories in this book.
The Gambler and the hypnotic magic of the roulette table. The belief that you are going to win and the example of Grandmama. Capturing the highs and lows set against the background of a love story. The characters are brilliant. The General, his mistress, the Frenchman who no one liked, the Englishman Atley and of course Polina with her cruelty and manipulation of the weak minded tutor Alexis. I suppose one lesson from the story is the house always win. B I enjoyed all three stories in this book. Bobok is a macabre brilliant short story.
The idea of dead people talking from the graveyard was for me entertaining. The last story or A Nasty Story aptly captures the delusion of people with power. The wedding party and the gate crashing of the bride grooms boss and the description of when good intentions go completely wrong is at times comical and tragic. Feb 13, Erik Graff rated it liked it Recommends it for: My first serious girlfriend being an expert, much inspired and informed by Dostoevsky, I devoted months to reading all I could find written by him. Fortunately, I was working as a security guard at the Chicago Women's Athletic Club on Ontario and Michigan at the time, a job which basically required that I sit at the service entrance and handle the occasional delivery.
Mostly I read and wrote, eight hours a day at work, two in travelling to and from work--a very constructive time! Of these three p My first serious girlfriend being an expert, much inspired and informed by Dostoevsky, I devoted months to reading all I could find written by him. Of these three pieces I found the novella, The Gambler, excruciatingly boring, perhaps because I've never shared the author's obsession for gambling. A Nasty Story was fine, but unmemorable. Bobok was intriguing because it was unlike anything else I'd ever read by Dostoevsky.
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I don't usual appreciate, or maybe even notice, Dostoevsky's humor, but this story struck my funny bone. Mar 18, A. The Gambler On gambling and thus, addiction: Perhaps the soul passing through such a wide range of sensations is not satisfied but only exacerbated by them , and demands more and more of them, growing more and more powerful, until it reaches final exhaustion. Are The Gambler On gambling and thus, addiction: Are Russian-to-English translations ever satisfying? The acuity and intuition roughly hinted at here is dizzying. And it makes the slim chance of me reading Dostoyevsky in the original most unbearable.
Jun 16, Jennifer rated it really liked it. If not for Bobok, this might have been given 5 stars. The Gambler and A Nasty Story were quite good. Apparently, the author was a gambler, himself, and had to write a novella by a certain date to retain the rites to his works with his publisher.
He wrote The Gambler, delivering it right on the deadline, and then was free to continue writing Crime and Punishment. A Nasty Story was just that, but makes its point quite well. Apr 20, Liam rated it really liked it Shelves: The Gambler shows how obsessive risk-taking pervades every aspect of one's life. It traps you in the head of someone whose reasoning is on the very limits of sympathetic understanding. Dostoyevsky describes the scenes in gambling with an authentic and autobiographical inner-ecstasy and gripping prose.
One of his very finest works. Jun 08, Jeremy Loo rated it liked it. The Gambler was fast-paced, and had a mystery throughout the story, which was resolved at the end. Charity gifts Bestsellers All charity gifts. Shop help Help Contact the shop team Delivery information Returns policy Privacy and cookies Terms and conditions of sale Find a local shop. Keep up with Oxfam's Online Shop Subscribe to our newsletter for all our latest updates, offers and promotions.
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