The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I think The Brothers Karamazov is the best novel I’ve ever read, but The Idiot was a disappointment. Too much silly talk and too many silly people. Maybe you need to have lived in Russia at that time to appreciate the characters. And it would have helped if Nastasya Filippovna had been in it more. She disappears for most of the novel.  (1/14/10)