White Nights is a short story by Fyodor Dostoevsky that was published in 1848. Set in St. Petersburg, this is the story of a young man fighting his inner restlessness. A light and tender narrative, it delves into the torment and guilt of unrequited love. Both protagonists suffer from a deep sense of alienation that initially brings them together. A blend of romanticism and realism, the story appeals gently to the senses and feelings.
Public Domain (P)2016 Shane C
This is my favorite Dostoevsky short story, along with The Crocodile which is hilarious. The narrator does an excellent job conveying the emotion of this story. I always recommend this book to people who want to try out Dostoevsky because it's shorter and people who like it go on to enjoy his longer works. I first fell in love with Dostoevsky's writing reading this book, so I highly recommend it.
White Nights is a short story of a young man living and observing on the edge of life in St. Petersburg. When he stops observing and dives in, he falls deeply in love. Sweet, beautiful and poignant.
“May your sky be clear, may your sweet smile be bright and untroubled and may you be blessed for that moment of blissful happiness which you gave to another lonely and grateful heart. My God, a whole moment of happiness! Is that too little for the whole of a man's life?”
I listened to this story on audiobook and the narrator, Arthur Grey, was brilliant. I don't know if I would have loved this story quite as much without his flawless narration.
I love, love, love Dostoevsky. Why they picked a redneck to read Russian literature is beyond me. Granted, the narrator tries to contain his draw and I didn't notice it listening to the sample - but still, it's too much for me, and made my skin crawl. To add insult to injury, he reads it with no regard of the text, it's just words coming out of his mouth.
If, unlike me, southern accents don't irk you, give it a go. Otherwise, download it on Kindle and read it for yourself.
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