The Friend of the Family

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Books LLC, 2009 - 252 pages
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II. JWAS approaching the end of my journey, when?passing the little town of, which is seven or eight miles from Stepan- ikoff, I was obliged to stop at the blacksmith's because one of the wheels of my "tarantass" had come to grief?I determined to wait at the smithy while the men there set the mischief right; and as I climbed out of the tarantass I caught sight of a stout man who was in the same predicament as myself?having his vehicle put to rights. He had been standing here an hour, boiling over with impatience, and swearing hard all the while at the men who were working away at his handsome carriage; he seemed to be a remarkably good grumbler and swearer. He appeared to be a man of about forty-five summers?very fat, middle height, and pock-marked. He looked like a well-to- do landed proprietor, and was dressed in clothes which were designed with a view to comfort rather than elegance. I don't know why he should have been angry with me, since he had never seen me in his life before; however, he certainly was?I could see it at a glance. I judged from the conversation going on among his servants that he had just come from Stepdnchikoff, from my uncle's place; which made me anxious to scrape acquaintance with him. I was about to raise my hat and remark that " these delays upon the road were most disagreeable," but he glared at me from head to foot so savagely that I was a little daunted; he then turned his back on me with a snort, and I felt that though his person from this point of view might be ever so interesting to the physiologically curious, yet he was not in the position best calculated for the receiving and answering the questions I desired to put to him ! So my attempts to make acquaintance failed for the present. However, an unexpected episode as...

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One of the most powerful and significant authors in all modern fiction, Fyodor Dostoevsky was the son of a harsh and domineering army surgeon who was murdered by his own serfs (slaves), an event that was extremely important in shaping Dostoevsky's view of social and economic issues. He studied to be an engineer and began work as a draftsman. However, his first novel, Poor Folk (1846), was so well received that he abandoned engineering for writing. In 1849, Dostoevsky was arrested for being a part of a revolutionary group that owned an illegal printing press. He was sentenced to be executed, but the sentence was changed at the last minute, and he was sent to a prison camp in Siberia instead. By the time he was released in 1854, he had become a devout believer in both Christianity and Russia - although not in its ruler, the Czar. During the 1860's, Dostoevsky's personal life was in constant turmoil as the result of financial problems, a gambling addiction, and the deaths of his wife and brother. His second marriage in 1887 provided him with a stable home life and personal contentment, and during the years that followed he produced his great novels: Crime and Punishment (1886), the story of Rodya Raskolnikov, who kills two old women in the belief that he is beyond the bounds of good and evil; The Idiots (1868), the story of an epileptic who tragically affects the lives of those around him; The Possessed (1872), the story of the effect of revolutionary thought on the members of one Russian community; A Raw Youth (1875), which focuses on the disintegration and decay of family relationships and life; and The Brothers Karamazov (1880), which centers on the murder of Fyodor Karamazov and the effect the murder has on each of his four sons. These works have placed Dostoevsky in the front rank of the world's great novelists. Dostoevsky was an innovator, bringing new depth and meaning to the psychological novel and combining realism and philosophical speculation in his complex studies of the human condition.

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