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Book Title: The Christmas Tree and the Wedding|
The author of the book: Fyodor Dostoyevsky
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 16.19 MB
Edition: Dodo Press
Date of issue: 2008
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Read full description of the books The Christmas Tree and the Wedding:The first story is called The Christmas Tree and The Wedding. I want to start this review with a simple observation: I can so relate to the fact of being an outsider at a party. That awkward moment when you only know one person and the whole time you're holding a cup just to have something to do with your hands. I promised myself long time ago, that I would never go to a party or social gathering of any sort, out of obligation. It's a painful situation that no one should ever experience! There's nothing left to do but to observe people and most of the times, it's not that rewarding; you don't have a partner to share jokes with. As Seinfeld would say: "What, am I gonna make sarcastic remarks to strangers?" Everything ends up being forced and grotesque. Ugh.
Anyway, that (amazing discovery) being said, this is a sad, disturbing and merciless portrayal of a superficial society that treats people according to what they own. Not an unusual situation, at all.
“Afterwards I could not help admiring the discrimination of the host and hostess in the distribution of the children's presents. (…) He longed to play with the other children, but did not dare; it was evident that he already felt and understood his position.”
Beautiful writing as always, and it has a twist at the end that leaves you feeling weird, uncomfortable.
The other story is called Bobok which I already reviewed here.
Read information about the authorFyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.
Dostoyevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death of his mother in 1837 he was sent to St. Petersburg, where he entered the Army Engineering College. Dostoyevsky's father died in 1839, most likely of apoplexy, but it was rumored that he was murdered by his own serfs. Dostoyevsky graduated as a military engineer, but resigned in 1844 to devote himself to writing. His first novel, Poor Folk appeared in 1846.
That year he joined a group of utopian socialists. He was arrested in 1849 and sentenced to death, commuted to imprisonment in Siberia. Dostoyevsky spent four years in hard labor and four years as a soldier in Semipalatinsk, a city in what it is today Kazakhstan.
Dostoyevsky returned to St. Petersburg in 1854 as a writer with a religious mission and published three works that derive in different ways from his Siberia experiences: The House of the Dead , (1860) a fictional account of prison life, The Insulted and Injured, which reflects the author's refutation of naive Utopianism in the face of evil, and Winter Notes on Summer Impressions, his account of a trip to Western Europe.
In 1857 Dostoyevsky married Maria Isaev, a 29-year old widow. He resigned from the army two years later. Between the years 1861 and 1863 he served as editor of the monthly periodical Time, which was later suppressed because of an article on the Polish uprising.
In 1864-65 his wife and brother died and he was burdened with debts. His situation was made even worse by his gambling addiction. From the turmoil of the 1860s emerged Notes from the Underground, a psychological study of an outsider, which marked a major advancement in Dostoyevsky's artistic development.
In 1867 Dostoyevsky married Anna Snitkin, his 22-year old stenographer. They traveled abroad and returned in 1871. By the time of The Brothers Karamazov (1879-80), Dostoyevsky was recognized in his own country as one of its great writers.
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