Have you ever visited the location of a book you have read?
Yes, but not solely for that purpose, if you see what I mean. I've never read a book and thought 'I have to go to that place', but I have ended up doing so at times simply during regular travel and sightseeing.
Our prison stood at the edge of the edge of the fortress grounds, close to the fortress wall.
From page 56:
The minute before punishment is certainly terrible for condemned man, and in the course of several years it was my lot to see a good number of men on the eve of this fatal day.
The House of the Dead & The Gambler
The House of the Dead is a stark account of Dostoyevsky's own experience of penal servitude in Siberia. In graphic detail he describes the suffering of the convicts - their squalor and degradation, their terror and resignation, from the rampages of a pyschopath to the brief serenity of Christmas Day. Amid the horror of labour in the sub-zero work camp, we hear the stories of the prisoners, and live through the freezing isolation and pain of day after day of misery. We see a young intellectual forced to live, eat and sleep with men from a background of cruelty, coarseness and brutality.
This sounds very good, but a heavy read. Imagine visiting the location of this novel - interesting, at least! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Bev. No, it's no light tale.Delete
Is it a novel, or nonfiction? I can't tell from the quotes. My Friday QuotesReplyDelete
It's fiction. However, it is based on his own experiences, so I guess semi-autobiographical.Delete
Love the 56 and hate the beginning. To much use of the edge I say. :-) Happy weekend!ReplyDelete
Yes, I thought that too. Could be a translation issue though.Delete
It is probably the translation, but the repetition of both the words "edge" and "fortress" in the first sentence turns me off as lazy writing.ReplyDelete
Yes, I wondered if it was lazy translation too.Delete
I wanted to go to Barcelona after reading SHADOW OF THE WIND. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the visit, Elizabeth.Delete
Wow, Dostoevsky! It has been a while since I read him...and I haven't read this one. Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.ReplyDelete
I love his work, but this wasn't one of my faves.Delete
I read this a long while ago, he certainly had a different style of writing back then. Still a great choice, once you accept the style. ;)ReplyDelete
Here's my Friday post. Hope you're enjoying you're weekend! x
Yes, prose is rather different these days from the 19th century style.Delete
Sounds like an interesting read! Hope you have a great weekend! :)ReplyDelete
Thanks Ashley. Hope you're having a good week.Delete
I wonder what places you've visited! Sounds like you've traveled extensively. Oh, I can't help but be a little envious.... :)ReplyDelete
As you know from my own post, I happen to live in a city featured in a book I've read. Of course, I came to live in this city long before I ever read the book! Lol.
One place I'd LOVE to visit is London. And that's because of two of my favorite authors -- J.K. Rowling and Charles Dickens.
The one Dostoevsky work I've read is "Crime and Punishment", which is a masterpiece, if at times very depressing. I want to read more of his books. However, having read the synopsis for "The House of Dead", I know I won't be picking this one up!
Thanks for sharing! Thanks as well for commenting on my BBH post!! <3 :)
For more Dostoevsky, I can recommend Poor Folk, Devils, and The Idiot.Delete
London is a wonderful place. Yes, I have travelled a bit, but never as much as I'd like! :)
I've never read Dostoevsky, but I've always been curious. I hope your weekend went well!ReplyDelete
If you decide to give him a go, I recommend starting with Crime and Punishment, or else Poor Folk.Delete