In this work, we follow the unnamed narrator of the story, who, disillusioned by the oppression and corruption of the society in which he lives, withdraws from that society into the underground. A dark and politically charged novel, Notes From Underground is Dostoyevsky at his best.
Another in Dostoevsky's line of repulsive (but immediately recognizable) main characters. The Underground Man is someone you want to grab by the collar and shake till his teeth rattle. Simon Vance (as usual) gives a superb performance.
Loved it. Why can't every authour write as well, or, at the least, use Dostoevsky as a measuring stick for their own plots, styles and themes? And such themes--of truth, of character, of love, hate, ideology and motives. 'Notes' has insights that are more contemporary than most self-help books written only last week: timeless. And an Anti-Hero that readers can use as a measuring stick of symptoms to identify in one's own psyche. Could there have been a Breaking Bad without this authour's formulation of the seminal, negative (yet honest to a fault) existential protagonist?
my favorite Dostoyevsky read by, now my favorite narrator, Simon Vance. Mr Vance makes this novella a whole experience. Am looking forward to another listen in the near future, this time it won't be Dostoyevsky bringing me back for more, it'll be Simon Vance.
I don't think it was the fault of Simon Vance. The character of Underground Man was very off putting and I did not enjoy the ranting of the first half of the book.
"Needs full concentration, not a casual read"
Simon vance performance is second to none and frankly I was able to finish purely because he was narrating. Divided into two parts, this is the ramblings and inner thoughts of a person on the edge of society. I can see why it's a classic and respect this Dosteovesky novel for its great writing. But it didn't engage me sufficiently. Perhaps I didn't devote the full concentration it perhaps deserves.
"Mesmerising and ghastly - in a good way"
Wow. Dostoevsky can paint a bleak picture of humanity. And here he's less wordy than his other more massive works. A brilliant introduction to this most psychological of authors.
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