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"The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" is a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky written in 1877. It chronicles the experiences of a man who decides that there is nothing of any value in the world. Slipping into nihilism with the "terrible anguish", he is determined to commit suicide. A chance encounter with a young girl, however, begins the man on a journey that re-instills a love for his fellow man.

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Compelling examination of suffering, redemption and the Love of the Creator

I started my journey with Dostoyevsky years ago when I read Crime and Punishment. I consumed the book at a feverish pace and so identified with the fallen modern man my mind never far from the image of the author/protagonist standing in front of the open grave the Tsar had dug for him only to be saved from extinction when the firing squad put down their guns at his Imperial command. I took up the Idiot and Karamazov but never got very far with them. The bright star in this story shone through the Accepting nihilism of Turgenev’s Medical student in Fathers and Sons and the Fall of Man in Genesis to the heart of compassion and with it the realization of the Redemptive Truth of the God of Love.
The timeless immediacy of this story is enhanced by the narrator who lends a conversational and contemporary tone.
I cannot recommend/praise this audiobook too highly. In a time of modern plague with so much ruthless polarization, fear, uncertainty, this little story should be a source of comfort and inspiration.

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narrator not for me.

cant get behind the whole "drama kid" performance. It feels overdone in a negative way. If you were a fan of your typical high school play monologues of people who didnt understand the natural part of acting, then it's fine. perfect story though

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  • Leah Lotous
  • 03-03-22

Best narration ever

What a book!
As always Dostoyevsky take us a step further into our own nature.
The narrator is fantastic.

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  • jacwre
  • 02-11-22

A nihilistic diversion

A bit on the short side, but that definitely suits the title better than if it were a full length novel. Dostoyevsky plays with the idea of evil, purpose and purity with his usual, pessimistic glee. I think this book, more than most, finds a way to express his thoughts on the nature of humanity, and our place in the universe. The performance of this book is certainly competent, and If you're ok with American accents then it will do the job just fine (though I know many prefer European VA for Dostoyevsky). Personally, I found the narration lacked some element of emotion, coming off as flat in places. Overall, definitely worth a listen, maybe 2 or 3 in fact.

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  • winston678
  • 06-12-21

The wrong narrator for this book

I’m not sure why the publishers chose this narrator as it’s completely the wrong tone for Dostoevsky.