Fyodor Dostoevsky

I’m reading my third Dostoevsky novel, “Demons” (also released as “The Possessed.”) The first two I read, “Crime and Punishment” and “The Brothers Karmazov” intrigued me so much that I just had to go out and get another one.

For those who don’t know, Dostoevsky was a Russian novelist who wrote in pre-revolutionary Russia and is considered to be one of the great writers of all time. I would also like to add that he is a shit talking Russian from the 19th century and that he kicks ass. His vanity, arrogance, debauchery (womanizing and gambling) speak to me and they speak through his characters, many of whom are based on him. Take this selection from “Demons” where he is describing his character Stepan Trofimovich.

You should have seen him when he sat down to play cards in our club. His whole look seemed to say: “Cards! Me sit down to play whist with you! Is it compatible? Who must answer for it? Who broke up my activity and turned it into whist? Ah, perish Russia!” and he would trump majestically with a heart.

I could have hung out with this dude. One of the deepest thinkers of modern history and he’s whiling his time away drinking, playing cards, and talking shit! It’s like that cue ball kick off the rail I did the other day hoping only to just miss my opponent’s ball and get a legal hit on mine. I called the shot cross corner and I’ll be damned, that ball went! Now I am in no way comparing myself to Fyodor Dosoevsky. I’m not a literary genius but I certainly could have hung out with the guy.

I also had a bloggable run at the table yesterday which involved me getting my last 4 or so balls off the table but then leaving myself all the way across the table from the 8. The cut was rather acute and I ran the risk of simultaneously scratching unless I hit really low, which has always been my bane until Willie Peters and Rever took some time to work with me. I sliced the shot afterwhich Dave remarked on its bloggability and it is therefore here.

That was one for the Chicken Wars and it was 17-7 the other day before Dave got me at least 4 games to 2 if not more. If it was 4 to 2 then plus my one yesterday then it would be 21-10. Dave, your input would be appreciated as I’m accessing my own memory banks which may be faulty.

3 Responses to “Fyodor Dostoevsky”

  1. The Sicilian says:

    No monkeys in that book, right?

    I love reading books where I actually end up wanting to be the main character. Sucks, though, it’s usually men that end up my heroes, not too many women. So, I guess if I could become a literary figure, I’d have to become a dude.

  2. Mexigogue says:

    Not happy being Dagny Taggart?

  3. The Sicilian says:

    Actually thanks for reminding me. Dagny would be cool to be and she gets John Galt…so, all is well!
    Ofcourse any of the main characters of that book would be great to be.