Sunday, November 30, 2008

Back to Business

Wow, a week can go by quickly. Did I get the stuff done I wanted to before school started up again? Nope. I at least got three new pieces drafted and about ten revisions done, finished up reading two books, and did some laundry, which will have to do.

I also finished reading the first part of Dostoevsky's Idiot, which is a 150-page presentation of a hell of a chaotic and bad day for Prince Myshkin, someone already in frail health which will get frailer. It's given me various ideas for the last two weeks of writing activities for my students. [insert evil laughter here]

4 comments:

Lydia said...

Oooh The Idiot!! I read that a few summers ago and loved it. The ending just blew me away, more than other Dostoevsky. It's just brilliant!

brizbrizuri said...

I would be babbling like one, but then I like Tolstoy.

Casey said...

All I remember from the beginning of that book is the scene on the train where some guy throws a womans lap-dog (or cat?) out the window of a moving train... loved that scene. I'll be interested to see if you like The Idiot at the end... Lydia's comment is interesting. I found it to be mostly a flat book -- maybe I read it when I was too young and psychological immature (as if I'm not immature now)?

Davo said...

I read it once earlier, but in a Soviet translation into English. The Soviets didn't like Dosty too much, and I suspect that there was quite a bit that was "smoothed out" for the English-speaking public.