Poor Folk

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E. Mathews and J. Lane, 1894 - Russia - 187 pages
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User Review  - MarkBeronte - LibraryThing

Presented as a series of letters between the humble copying-clerk Devushkin and a distant relative of his, the young Varenka, this book brings to the fore the underclass of St. Petersburg, who live at ... Read full review

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This is Dostoevsky’s first novel, written when he was 25. It’s a short epistolary novel and I think a good introduction to this russian literary giant. It’s essential Dostoyevskian in style and theme ... Read full review

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Page xi - Makar [the clerk] is one of life's convicts, Varvara is the mouse that comes for crumbs; and the end is the same: a better filled hand is extended to the mouse, and the mouse returns no more to cheer the cell's loneliness!
Page iii - POOR FOLK. Translated from the Russian of F. Dostoievsky by LENA MILMAN. With a Preface by GEORGE MOORE. Vol. iv. A CHILD OF THE AGE. By FRANCIS ADAMS.
Page 64 - People stopped him, and pointed out his losses to him; he picked them up, and set out again in pursuit of the coffin. At the corner of the street an old beggar woman joined herself to him to escort the coffin.
Page xiii - ... the last page is surely genius. The mere act of concluding often serves to break the spell. The least violence, the faintest exaggeration is enough. We must drop into a minor key if we would increase the effect; only by a skilful use of anti-climax may we...

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