LBC - The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brother Karamazov LOST Book Club - LBC


The Brothers Karamazov is the final novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1880.

This book is the story of the four Karamazov brothers--each with his own distinct personality and desires. Exploring the secret depths of humanity's struggles and sins, Dostoevsky unfolds a grand epic which attempts to venture into mankind's darkest heart, and grasp the true meaning of existence.

LOST References

  • Don't think of a white bear is a famous psychological experiment in which subjects are asked to not think of a white bear for the next five minutes, and ring a bell each time they do. The effect of this attempted thought suppression is that people think of polar bears. The bear was chosen because one of the researchers remembered reading that when Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky challenged his brother not to think of a white bear, the brother remained perplexed for quite a while.

The Author

Fyodor Dostoyevsky was a Russian writer and essayist, best known for his novels Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov. A prominent figure in world literature, Dostoyevsky is often acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest psychologists in world literature.

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Everything there was to know about life was in The Brothers Karamazov, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.

In Kurt Vonnegut's novel Slaughterhouse-Five

Verily, verily, I say unto you except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, bringeth forth much fruit.

John 12:24

The Characters

Fyodor Pavlovich Karamazov is a 55-year-old "sponger" and buffoon who had sired three sons during the course of his two marriages.

Dmitri Fyodorovich Karamazov is 28 years old, Fyodor's eldest son and the only offspring of his first marriage.

Ivan Fyodorovich Karamazov is the middle son and first by Fyodor's second marriage.

Aleksey Fyodorovich Karamazov is the youngest of the Karamazov brothers at 20 years of age.

Pavel Fyodorovich Smerdyakov is widely rumored to be the illegitimate son of Fyodor Karamazov.

Agrafena Alexandrovna Svetlova is a beautiful 22-year-old, the local Jezebel and has an uncanny charm among men.

Katerina Ivanovna Verkhovtseva is Dmitri's beautiful fiancée, despite his very open forays with Grushenka.

Father Zosìma is an Elder and more importantly starets in the town monastery and Alyosha's teacher. The character of Father Zosima was to some extent inspired by that of Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk.

Ilyusha is one of the local schoolboys, and the central figure of a crucial subplot in the novel.

Discussion Points

  • Why do you think the creators and writers were inspired by this story?
  • What is unique about the setting of the story?
Does this setting enhance or take away from the story?
  • What specific themes are discovered throughout the story?
Do you see any themes also relating to the story of LOST?
What is the message conveyed by the story themes?
  • Do the characters seem real and believable?
Which characters remind you of similar characters in LOST?
Are their predicaments similar to any in LOST?
  • How do characters change or evolve in the story?
What triggers those changes?
What are the similarities and differences with LOST characters?
  • What are the philosophical views portrayed in the story?
How is it the same/different from LOST's philosophical view?
  • Do you see any metaphors or symbolism in the characters, themes, philosophy, or setting of this book?
How are they similar or different to metaphors/symbolism in LOST?

Discussion Guidelines

  • Keep the discussion related to the specific book and related LOST content
  • Be specific and provide examples to back up your point of view.
  • To make the discussion more interesting, feel free to ask your own questions.
  • Please be considerate of all points of view.
  • Encourage participation.

Happy Reading and Thanks!

--Just Sayin' JSTalk LBC LBCTalk eMail 18:22, October 1, 2010 (UTC)

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