The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoyevsky with Martin Geeson (Translator), Constance Garnett (Translator), Eva M. Martin (Translator), Anna Brailovsky (Translator)

The Idiot

Fyodor Dostoyevsky with Martin Geeson (Translator), Constance Garnett (Translator), Eva M. Martin (Translator), Anna Brailovsky (Translator)

fiction classics challenging dark reflective slow-paced

667 pages | first published 1869

Description

Returning to Russia from a sanitarium in Switzerland, the Christ-like epileptic Prince Myshkin finds himself enmeshed in a tangle of love, torn between two women—the notorious kept woman Nastasya and the pure Aglaia—both involved, in turn, with th...
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Moods

reflective 70%
challenging 58%
dark 47%
emotional 39%
sad 35%
tense 28%
funny 17%
mysterious 17%
inspiring 6%
adventurous 5%
hopeful 5%
relaxing 2%
informative 1%

Pace

slow 82%
medium 17%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 75% | A mix: 25%

Strong character development?

Yes: 51% | It's complicated: 36% | No: 11%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 42% | It's complicated: 37% | No: 19%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 62% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 6% | N/A: 3%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 13% | No: 3%

Average rating

3.98