The Eternal Husband – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Aug 29

The Eternal Husband – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Every once in a while I like to throw a classic into the mix. I had not previously read much by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and it seemed like a good time to start. I was wrong.

This novella centers around Alexei Ivanovich Velchaninov and  Pavel Pavlovich Trusotsky. It is hard to discern which character is more of a douche. Alexei is a major whiner who sleeps with other men’s wives. Pavel is a recent widower who is completely tanked for most of the story, and he is not a pretty drunk.

Pavel and his daughter come to visit St. Petersburg, Russia, where Alexei lives. Tragedy ensues. The worst and creepiest marriage proposal follows. At one point, we have an attempted murder that I was actually sort of cheering for.

This novella took what felt like nine years to read. Sorry, Fyodor, I am just not drinking your kool-aid.



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