Minor, almost unnoticeable incidents can sometimes have sudden serious repercussions. There are long, deep conversations sometimes punctuated by quick actions or abrupt endings. Even the character names themselves can sometimes get seriously confused. In all of this one can find themselves hopelessly lost. A good translation helps clear out some of the muddiness and direct the action and though I've had to reread passages occasionally, in these texts, it's because I want to understand more the intent of the characters, or subtext through their speech, not the basic plot points or what they are literally saying.
There are some other helps for the reader: There is a list of characters at the beginning of each book which helps more than you might think.
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They add context for a time and place so removed from english speaking modernity. Every little fact is appreciated. Also the prefaces are always a fantastic place to start. Just really well put together. And, of course, the 'vintage classics' line is well constructed for its cost. They last quite a while as paperbacks go, though I did like the heaviness of the paper in the 90s editions even more.
The newer versions with the black and white abstract covers seem to have much thinner pages quite like newspaper in contrast to the older editions. I'm sure this is to help manage size and weight, and though the cover and binding are strong enough to keep everything protected, I just like the feel of the older novels a bit better. Although at times a bit tiresome, I was surprised that much of the conversations about politics and religion are appropriate today. Regardless, it's a great story, well developed characters, a hero you can really love and an ending that while not a big surprise, works.
The type of book that I will think about again and again. Ten years from I will still remember The Idiot unlike most books which I forget after a week. I'll be the first to admit that I haven't always been a "fan" of Russian literature in the past and was hesitant to even attempt this page novel. Really surprised, pleasantly surprised at how very "readable" it was.
I thought that this translation was very well done and that helped enormously. Enjoyed it far more than I expected to. I just both listened to the audible audio version and read the Kindle ebook version, both splendid. The ebook was essential as the search function allowed me to quickly locate the introduction of a character when confusion arose later as the distinctively Russian given name and family name of characters are interchanged liberally throughout the book.
The dialog in this book is simply outstanding as the characters are developed so richly. How can one not love child-man prince after he tells the the heart wrenching story of his time in Switzerland while recovery from his illness of the wretched abused peasant girl Marie. Also the detailed description of the thoughts and agony of the condemned man as he awaits execution by the guillotine are frightening real.
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