I'm not going to lie: I love me some Fyodor Dostoevsky. Here is where most people start to roll their eyes. Trust me, I know most of his books are super long. I know for most folks he's merely "some Russian dude" from the 19th century whose novels were assigned to you in high school and, despite that paper you turned in to your teacher at the time, remain un-read.
But he's a name everyone has heard of - regardless of their personal familiarity with his work - for a very good reason.
That reason? He was a genius and prolific talent. (For in-depth proof of this, read my recent article on him at PJMedia.com!)
The week after the election this past November, I started a little experiment in social media book clubs. We've already gone through C.S. Lewis' Great Divorce and G.K. Chesterton's Man Who Was Thursday. Due to the success of the first two books, I figured it was time to tackle something from the third author in my holy triumvirate :
Here's Amazon.com description of it:
"Psychologically probing novel concerns the gambling episodes, tangled love affairs and complicated lives of Alexey Ivanovitch, a young gambler; Polina Alexandrovna, the woman he loves; a pair of French adventurers and other characters. Bleak picture of the fatal attractions of gambling with wonderful characterization, faithful depiction of gambling life at fashionable German watering holes."
Intrigued? You should be! This is one of Dostoevsky's shortest books, and is entirely palatable. You can buy a cheap copy, or find it for free (even for your Kindle) right here. Don't find excuses. Stop avoiding the engaging of your mind with insightful, entertaining material.
Your new reading life begins today, Wednesday January 2nd 2013!!!
If you didn't join us on Great Divorce or Man Who Was Thursday, here are a few simple things to keep in mind about what we're doing:
- The goal here is to get people reading and discussing meaningful and interesting stuff on social media sites (primarily Twitter and of course here at Ricochet, for our purposes). You don't have to be an expert and you can simply follow along if you'd like...but we'd LOVE to hear from you.
- On Twitter, follow (and add to) the discussion by including the hash-tag #TheGambler in ANY Tweet you send out about the book. You can also find the on-going dialogue about it by typing that same thing into Twitter's search engine.
- I'll be posting things here in the Ricochet Member Feed every few days as we work our way through the book, so join in the conversation by leaving comments and engaging with those left by others.
- Participate when you can, and please Re-Tweet any quotes or comments from other people reading the book that you like. This helps spread the word across Twitter that Old Fyodor's being discussed.
- Have fun with this!
If you're going to participate, tell a few friends as well!
Good luck, Godspeed, and see you on the interweb next week.