Book Review – Dostoevsky in Love by Alex Christofi

I always love reading memoirs, I especially like listening to the audiobook version if it is narrated by the author. I enjoy hearing the writer’s words, the way he or she describes their life, it makes it that much more real.

But when it comes to biographies I must admit I haven’t dabbled much in them. I always thought of them as a bit impersonal, that you wouldn’t get an authentic account of the subject’s life because it didn’t come from their mouth or mind directly.

However this year I wanted to read some more books which took me out of my comfort zone so I signed up to this readalong and I was accepted.

This book is all about Fyodor Dostoevsky’s life and works. From his early years right up to his death and the legacy he left behind. Lets face it, everyone has heard of Crime and Punishment even if they haven’t read it.

I started this book tentatively as the topic of a Russian writer could quite easily become too academic and dry. However this book was far from that. It started with a bang, his mock execution which grabbed your attention and left you wanting nay needing to read on.

The way that Christofi writes about Dostoevsky’s life is uplifting and captivating. He brings him back to life and shows us every side of this Russian writer.

I came into this not knowing much about the writer except that he wrote Crime and Punishment and now my eyes have been opened to his life and other works. The way the writer interspersed fact with quotes directly from Dostoevsky’s and other’s writings meant the events of his life were rounded and really came to life on the page.

The conclusion? I can honestly say I would not have been friends with him, as a person he seemed pretentious, greedy, weak willed and arrogant. Although I admired his sense of duty to his family (in the end)

However, I do want to read many of his novels now as they all sound intriguing and exceptional. I admire the skill not the man.

I was impressed that the writer kept my attention the way through and made a subject as interesting as he could.

Thank you to Tandem Collective and Bloomsbury for allowing me to take part in the readalong. If you want to see the prompts for this book click on my Instagram and go to the Dostoevsky story highlight.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a highly entertaining as well as informative book. Would highly recommend for those who are interested in finding out more about classic writers.

Have you read any of Dostoevsky’s works? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments below

Much love 💘

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