Ah, redemption! And yet sadly I cared little about it when it finally came. Because I sensed it was coming since the beginning when Dostoevsky went to great lengths to let us know that Alyosha was the hero of this saga. Because (as some of us commented over at Nicole's blog bibliographing) I was a little tired of feeling manipulated. Because I cared more for the lesser brothers than the one that redeems the Karamazovs in his own virtuous image. Because I loved the great parts of this classic more than the whole.
And I think that this last portion of the book was my least favorite. It starts off in a most promising way but by the time we got to the trial, I was, uhh, skimming. Another instance of recognizing technical mastery, the satirization of the Russian court system, but not being fully engaged. I think I wanted more Ivan. My favorite parts of the book center around this doubting middle brother. Or maybe I am not sure what I wanted. The book reads easily, fluidly. Love the character insights. Love the intentionally wobbly narration and the curious way it positions the author in the work. But still feel a bit underwhelmed. Sigh. Someone tell me why?
Glad I read it though, and many thanks to the lovely Bellezza for hosting this shared read.