Virginia Woolf on Dostoevsky

Excerpted from The Common Reader, 1925, accessed here via Project Gutenberg THE RUSSIAN POINT OF VIEW   Doubtful as we frequently are whether either the French or the Americans, who have so much in common with us, can yet understand English literature, we must admit graver doubts whether, for all their enthusiasm, the English can…

Virginia Woolf on George Eliot

Excerpted from The Common Reader, 1925, accessed here via Project Gutenberg GEORGE ELIOT   To read George Eliot attentively is to become aware how little one knows about her. It is also to become aware of the credulity, not very creditable to one’s insight, with which, half consciously and partly maliciously, one had accepted the…

All of Book 2

So, yes, this is definitely picking up speed and an enjoyable read. Tom goes off to his new school taught by the enterprising (money loving, debt-ridden) schoolmaster/priest and his gold-digging wife. He remains mostly unpleasant and arrogant. Somewhat humbled by Euclid. Maggie visits and is way better at all his schoolwork. Phillip Wakem, “humpbacked” son…

Book 1, Chapters 7-13

So maybe it’s just that Eliot’s writing is an easier fit for my preferences, but this book is moving along well at the moment, and I’m enjoying it. This is basically about all of the 2nd half of Book 1. We get a whole bunch of insight about the various Dodson sisters (now adults, all…

Book 1, Ch 4-6

Maggie (9 years old) is very excited for her much adored brother (Tom, 13 years old) to come back from his school. She’s mad that her mom tries to curl her hair (and that she couldn’t go along to pick up Tom) so she goes up to the attic and takes it out on this…

Book 1, Ch 1-3

So, an interesting start. First we get this framing of the setting – the narrator remembering this fictional place, seeing a little girl by a mill, then waking up. Then we get Mr and Mrs Tulliver, the parents of the boy and girl Book 1 seems to be named after, debating education for their son….

The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

So, I’m starting another classic book that I’ve never read, and I thought I’d put some notes down here on this blog again. It’s The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans, 1819-1880) Unlike the situation with Crime and Punishment, I have previously read a few works by Eliot and enjoyed them….

Crime and Punishment

So from the summer of 2016 until February of 2017, in an attempt to cross one of those classics-I’ve-never-read off my list, I made my way through Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky. I definitely took some breaks and had to force myself back into it, but here are my thoughts (sometimes basically just brief…

The Epilogue

The Epilogue is in two parts. The first recounts Raskolnikov’s confession and trial. Dunya and Razumikhin are married. Raskolnikov and Dunya’s mother goes pretty crazy with missing him and idolizing him and eventually dies. Sonya does go with him to Siberia and hangs out with him being her timid, gentle, super-nice-to-everyone definitely-not-a-prostitute-anymore self. He’s a…

Part 6, Ch 7 & 8 (The End!)

Raskolnikov visits his mom at her apartment. The two of them have some nice moments together even though she knows he’s about to face something terrible. He tells her he loves her and they weep. “Mama, whatever happens, whatever you hear about me, whatever they tell you about me, will you still love me as…

Part 6, Chapter 6

Svidrigailov meets up with Sonya and gives her a bunch of money and receipts for her step-siblings’ money that he gave them for the orphanage. Then┬áSvidrigailov goes to his not quite 16 year old fiancee’s house and gives her a bunch of money even though it’s midnight and pouring. Then he goes to a horrible…

Part 6, Ch 4 & 5

Svidrigailov tells Raskolnikov a bunch of (his version) of the backstory with Marfa Petrovna (his much older wife) and the deal they struck about how he could have lots of affairs and generally sexually harass all of their staff. Dunya as their governess had stuck up for other staff he had been bothering. Svidrigailov gives…