The Best Short Stories

The Best Short Stories This collection unique to the Modern Library gathers seven of Dostoevsky s key works and shows him to be equally adept at the short story as with the novel Exploring many of the same themes as in hi

  • Title: The Best Short Stories
  • Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky David Magarshack
  • ISBN: 9780375756887
  • Page: 462
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection, unique to the Modern Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky s key works and shows him to be equally adept at the short story as with the novel Exploring many of the same themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from the tender and romantic White Nights, an archetypal nineteenth century morality tale of pathos and loss, to the famous NoteThis collection, unique to the Modern Library, gathers seven of Dostoevsky s key works and shows him to be equally adept at the short story as with the novel Exploring many of the same themes as in his longer works, these small masterpieces move from the tender and romantic White Nights, an archetypal nineteenth century morality tale of pathos and loss, to the famous Notes from the Underground, a story of guilt, ineffectiveness, and uncompromising cynicism, and the first major work of existential literature Among Dostoevsky s prototypical characters is Yemelyan in The Honest Thief, whose tragedy turns on an inability to resist crime Presented in chronological order, in David Magarshack s celebrated translation, this is the definitive edition of Dostoevsky s best stories.

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    1. I finally picked up Crime and Punishment and read the lengthy introduction. By the end of it, I decided to first read Notes from the Underground to get a sense of Dostoevsky's early versus later writings. In this edition, you get (published in chronological order except for The Peasant Marey): White NightsThe Honest ThiefThe Christmas Tree and a WeddingThe Peasant MareyNotes from the Underground, which is really more of a novella than a short storyA Gentle CreatureThe Dream of a Ridiculous Man A [...]

    2. White Nights: 4/5This was written before his prison term. It's a love story. Enjoyable but nothing special.The Honest Thief: 3/5It was good but nothing great either. Sometimes a little draggy.The Christmas Tree and the Wedding: 4/5I quite like this one. It is kind of a social satire.The Peasant Marey: 3/5I don't quite understand this one. Or maybe there isn't much to understand about.Notes From the Underground: 5/5This is one of his most famous works. It is brilliant though I think I need to re- [...]

    3. The Failed Relationship in A Gentle Creature by Fyodor Dostoesvky Much like Notes From Underground, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s A Gentle Creature stands out as a disturbing and forthright portrait of a contemporary man battered and warped by his time. Its narrator embarks on the same quest for self-justification, and his attempt is just as unconvincing. A Gentle Creature, however, is as deeply a meditation on a failed relationship as it is a reflection on one failed man. This is not as obvious, becaus [...]

    4. 4.5 out of 5 only because of the last story, I didn't resonate with it at all. Clearly, Dostoevsky is as brilliant with his short stories as he is with his novels. As always, he delves deep into the psyche of the characters he creates and he displays the mysteries of human behaviour.

    5. I had been looking forward to having a chance to read some of Dostoyevsky's short stories, as I am more familiar with his novels. So I am pleased to say that I was not disappointed, and that I immensely enjoyed this collection! First of all, from an organizational perspective, I appreciated the editor's choice to arrange the stories in chronological order. In this way, one can note Dostoyevsky's progress as a writer throughout his life. I find it fascinating to see which themes changed, and whic [...]

    6. As soon as I finished Tsypkin's Summer in Baden-Baden, I felt the irresistible urge to (re-)read Dostoevsky. Then I remembered that I bought this edition of his stories, solely because it included a couple that were not part of the Pevear & Volokhonsky edition that I previous read, and decided to dive right in. I have reviewed the stories individually, so I will not discuss them here again. One point of criticism, however: this edition is called The Best Short Stories of and includes Notes f [...]

    7. Man, I hate this type of old style language. I mean the poetic parts are tolerable, but the shit of everyday old style conversation language annoys me For example words like, "indutiably" and shit like "I shan't say another word"; usually its located somewhere in the dialogueThey need to make an updated hip hop version with awesome slangw theres an idea!This stuff is hard to quote also, cause Dostoevsky doesn't write in easily, digestible quotes; but his points and ideas go on for pages creating [...]

    8. I wish I could read Russian. The English translation that I read was wonderful, but I wondered constantly how it would feel to read these stories in the language that Dostoyevsky thought, wrote, and felt in. So much pervasive sadness composed by mere wordsRussian Literature is not really something I can say I enjoy. It's an enriching reading experience for sure, but it does not make me happy. This applies perfectly to this collection of stories. It was worth reading, but after I finished it I fe [...]

    9. I'm not very good at reading short stories because I end up thinking almost everything should be a novel so I could delve into everything to my heart's content. :)White NightsThis is a sweet story with a good ending. However, while reading I felt Dostoyevsky went off on too many tangents. I'm not sure how the main character grew in this story, unless it was that he opened up to someone and made the friend. (view spoiler)[I liked the ending due to the fact that Nastenka went back to the original [...]

    10. Highlights are "Dream of a Ridiculous Man" and "Notes From Underground.""Gentle Creature" is marred by a timid translation. Here is a literal translation of the one of the best moments, when the pawnbroker eavesdrops on his young wife:"What happened was this. I listened for a whole hour and for that whole hour I witnessed a duel between a woman of the most exalted nobility and a worldly, dim-witted creature with the soul of a reptile."This end-of-sentence zinger--"soul of a reptile"--injects a p [...]

    11. Here are my reviews:I loved this book - it contains 7 short works including White Nights and the Dream of a Ridiculous Man, two of the best stories I've read. The opening lines are great. Notes from Underground starts off with "I am a sick man, a spiteful man. I believe something is wrong with my liver." Underground is the longest piece in the book, and the first half is a manic jumble, but the second half is a pretty good narrative. Like a lot of his books, these stories have shy, flawed charac [...]

    12. Pure pleasure, and great value. A must read, Dostoyevsky fan or not. Short stories are a great way to introduce yourself to his world, and enough for you to want more. I've certainly worn down my book front to back.7 Short stories, all splendid.White Nights:The Honest Thief: The Christmas Tree and Wedding: The Peasant Marey: Notes from the Underground: A Gentle Creature: The Dream of a Ridiculous Man: One of the most interesting things about classical literature is in the extremes: Devastating p [...]

    13. Masterpieces. I did not plan to go on after reading White Nights and An Honest Thief, but I could not resist the temptation. Deeply moving; put me in a frenzy. I am glad Notes from the Underground is included, although it is a novella and not a short story.

    14. It is frustrating that a volume containing all of Dostoevsky’s short stories does not appear to exist in English… nor does it seem that all of them are even available in hardcover across multiple collections. Be that as it may this was a nice collection of a handful of stories from very early in his career mixed in with the final few short stories he put to paper. My reading of Dostoevsky has been all over the place chronologically speaking, so I appreciated that these stories were laid out [...]

    15. This Russian writer was, to me, the very definition of a "tortured artist". It comes across in every one of his books and stories. He seemed to yearn for a transcendence of his life and times that reality begrudged him. The overall impression is of a man whose blazing intelligence and fine-tuned consciousness were both inspiration and curse. Over and over he paints the picture of a man who felt like an outsider, alienated and at odds with not only the political climate of his times, but also one [...]

    16. I'm making my way back through Dosty's entire works from the beginning, which is fun since I've never read a lot of his shorter stuff, for which he is less well known.Academics tend to drool and jerk off spasmodically over periodizing Dosty's work, and there's certain grounds for it: his pre-imprisonment stuff is of a different flavor, but reveling in his often wacky "juvenalia" brings its own exhilaration.From this volume, I re-read the wonderful "White Nights", one of his best early works--the [...]

    17. There’s nothing like a bit Dostoyevsky if you feel all this optimism and cheer in life is a bit overrated, and you want to dispel it like a huge rain cloud over a beautiful summer’s day. However, few can say that his writing doesn’t resonate with you, doesn’t bare the reality of the inner barren soul. Everything looks beautiful - but is not always its true manifestation - in the sunshine.Practically each story in this collection is a masterpiece in itself. It opens with White Nights, a l [...]

    18. BOOK REVIEW – THE BEST SHORT STORIES OF FYODOR DOSTOEVSKYPART 1In the introduction to his translation of ‘The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky’ David Magarshack observes that it is in Dostoevsky’s smaller works that we find the highest expression of his creative power and profundity of thought. The selection of stories in this book include –White NightsThe Honest ThiefThe Christmas Tree and a WeddingThe Peasant MareyNotes from the UndergroundA Gentle CreatureThe Dream of A Ridic [...]

    19. I struggled to finish Notes from the Underground, but I would recommend White Nights and A Gentle Creature which will always stay with me. His verbosity is intense, which can make you lose track of the story (as with Notes), but sometimes is useful to express an unconfident or over confident character (White Nights and Gentle Creature respectively).Overall, I'm happy I read it but I do not know whether I could manage his novels.

    20. Stunning. I enjoyed all of the stories even though they were not the happiest. Notes from the Underground was an indictment of how the author felt and saw mankind. Mostly negative. The cynicism, guilt and angst was a true masterpiece. A Gentle Creature was both sad and frustrating to read how someone can be so short sighted. Most of the stories were linked with power with some having it and others not. All in all I came away wanting to reread these stories in the future.

    21. First sentence: It was a lovely night, one of those nights, dear reader, which can only happen when you are young.Premise/plot: This is a collection of seven stories: White Nights, The Honest Thief, The Christmas Tree and a Wedding, The Peasant Marey, Notes From the Underground, A Gentle Creature, and the Dream of a Ridiculous Man. The longest story was Notes From the Underground. The shortest was the Peasant Marey. My thoughts: White Nights was the first story in the collection and perhaps my f [...]

    22. well i knew this book would be great from the get go as few names are as revered and mentioned in world literature as that of Fyodor Dostoevsky. well this book makes a very bold statement by being named "The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky" now i must admit i havent read much of his work but have heard great things of both his novels and short stories but after having read this,bear in mind i say this with the limited knowledge of his short stories, it is exactly what it claims to be. i [...]

    23. This was such a pleasure to read, this is a collection of short stories that include Dostoevsky early work ( pre-Siberia) and than includes one of his famous novellas; Notes from the Underground. What I find interesting about Dostoevsky's work is that he creates singular characters that go against social norms but are completely effected by the 19th century social structure they try to defy. Alas they monologue, justify, get offended and make bad decisions to maintain their sense of self. The li [...]

    24. I'm not an expert but found some of the short stories difficult to persevere with. The most enjoyable, profound and poignant short story for me in this book was "THE PEASANT MAREY' and is only 7 pages in length. It is about a serf (or slave) who belonged to Dostoevsky's father(they called him Marey) and was ploughing out in the field with his old mare. Dostoevsky was just a child and had been enjoying nature in the fields when he says "Suddently amid the dead silence I heard clearly and distinct [...]

    25. Excellent well edited and translated collection. Since this was a reread for Notes and the other stories got me thinking. White Nights, Christmas Tree and a Wedding, Notes and A Gentle Creature all have women characters who interact in mid 1800's norms. Many of these norms have NOT changed in 151 years. Women are still married to people of position to improve the bank accounts of those position holders. Women who are forced by circumstance or lied to into prostitution still live around three yea [...]

    26. Notes from Underground (or Notes from the Underground, as it is called in this collection) hit far too close for comfort. I felt violated reading it. The protagonist, if you can even call him that, was so vile, cynical and self-loathing, so akin to me in how he thought and treated others, I felt as if Dostoevsky was holding a mirror up to me and laughing. Particular scenes where legitimately hard to read on a purely emotional level, but I could never put it down. Remains one of the few life chan [...]

    27. “Notes from the Underground” Oh, if only I had done nothing merely out of laziness! Lord, how I should have respected myself then. I should have respected myself just because I should at least have been able to be lazy; I should at least have possessed one quality which might be mistaken for a positive one and in which I could have believed myself. Question—who is he? Answer—a loafer. I must say it would have been a real pleasure to have heard that said about myself, for it would have m [...]

    28. Hah, random side story. I brought this collection on my honeymoon, which my husband found wildly amusing. Heavy fare, right? And then I saw what he packed - a book about Chinese grammar. Are we perfectly matched nerds or what? Anyways, I didn't finish it before classes started again, and for some reason, I didn't pick it back up until now.The first four stories are interesting to Dostoyevsky fans that want to watch his development as an author. I don't think they would have been very memorable w [...]

    29. I only read 4 of the short stories here. Half the book is taken up by "Notes from the Underground" which was one of my favorite novellas in college, and I even made a mixtape adaptation starring Notorious B.I.G Lil Kim, Curtis Mayfield, and Nancy Sinatra. So I'm not reviewing that story, since it's been a while. I read a pre-prison story, "White Nights", which was awful. Treacly and fatalistic at the same time, it was recently adapted into a huge Bollywood movie "Sawariyaa". I didn't like the mo [...]

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