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Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky typifies the paternalism of the educated Russian towards the uneducated, and so demeans them further in his own mind and himself in their minds. A senior civil servant, Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky is on his way home after a night carousing with two colleagues. He has been pompously expounding on the importance of kindness underlings. As if by ironic coincidence, Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky chances upon the wedding celebration of one of these underlings, and forces his patronage on the party, destroying any spontaneity or nuptial joy the indigent bride and groom hoped to glean from this one night they hoped to salvage from the years of drudgery before them.
Instead of winning the gratitude of his clerk and his guests, Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky only deepens their antipathy for him and his class, and loses their grudging respect as he becomes increasingly inebriated. He turns the happy event into an occasion that will be recalled as a nasty story, even causing the newly-weds to give up their nuptial couch out of deference to his status and so defer consummation of their marriage. The story is structured around a double vision, in which events unfold differently to how Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky imagined.
The narrator relives the evening, once in his own mind of the character, and then as the reader views them through the eyes of his reluctant hosts. Dostoevsky explores an extended solecism that becomes a central narrative incident, where an internal, bitter monologue in which Ivan Ilyich Pralinsky demonstrates a lack of insight or empathy.
This device of the monolgue foreshadows the modernist stream of consciousness developed in the works of James Joyce, where the reader sees through the vain veneers of the narrators. Mention Russian Literature and the names Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky fall trippingly off the tongue. As one who has immersed himself in the dark, verbose and philosophical novels of Dostoyevsky it was with joy I turned to three shorter works contained in this Penguin Classics Editon. The Gambler is set in the mythical German spa "Rouletteberg" where a group of travelers play the gaming tables, seek romance and quest for fortune.
He flings his money at her, makes a public spectacle of himself to try and impress her, and never seems to get the point - she's just not that into you. The highlight of this story is the delightfully acerbic grandmama who turns up by surprise in the Central European spa town, "Roulettenburg", where the action takes place.
What does one do in Roulettenburg? Why, play roulette of course! Towards the end, our protagonist, finding himself broke after once again staking his livelihood at the roulette wheel, is given a much-deserved tongue lashing by Mr. Astley, a visiting Englishman. I don't blame you. In my mind all Russians are like that, or inclined to be. If it's not roulette, it's something else like it. There are too few exceptions. You are not the first not to understand what work means Roulette is chiefly a Russian game.
Astley is perhaps playing the part here of one of Dostoyevsky's better angels the author was quite an accomplished gambler in his own right. I enjoyed the delightful silliness of "A Nasty Story" a bit more. A comedy of good errors, it is more or less a take on the old adage, "no good deed goes unpunished. The great author wrote "The Gambler" alongside "Crime and Punishment", and it's quite apparent which of these received the greater of his immeasurable talents. Nov 15, Kostas Tsiakalos rated it it was amazing. The "A nasty story" is one of my favorite books,i think everyone has something in common with the protagonist and a similar experience.
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Its a story that teached me to expect the unecpected when i think everything is gonna be perfect. Nothing goes as we dream. Jun 16, Smitha Murthy rated it liked it. Was there a writer who wrote with more psychological acumen than Dostoevsky? In these three stories, Dostoevsky not only weaves a story in the way only he can, but also provides acute insights into the Russian society of those times.
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If you are a Dostoevsky fan like me, then you would enjoy these stories. Jun 29, Mark McKenny rated it really liked it. But my god, so good to be back with the Russians. Dec 15, Simon Mcleish rated it really liked it Shelves: Originally published on my blog here in August Dostoyevsky wrote The Gambler in three weeks to clear his debts. It is, like many famous nineteenth century Russian novels, partly autobiographical, but it paints a very different picture of that country's soul from any other.
Almost uniquely, it is set abroad; the Russian countryside is completely absent. The theme of The Gambler is addiction; its narrator starts playing roulette in a German resort, just as Dostoyevsky did, and is continually w Originally published on my blog here in August The theme of The Gambler is addiction; its narrator starts playing roulette in a German resort, just as Dostoyevsky did, and is continually willing to lose everything, always expecting to win.
It is an honest portrait of addiction, a precursor to Burroughs' Naked Lunch , but the novel also contains humour. There is a wonderful portrait of a terrible old lady, Antonida Vasilyevna Tarasevichev, who starts out as a background figure whose death will solve everyone's financial troubles, but who suddenly appears without warning in Roulettenburg and herself starts gambling away the inheritance. Even for someone, like myself, who has never really felt the appeal of this kind of gambling - I would like to win because of intelligence or skill, not because of luck, particularly with the odds are stacked against the gambler, as they are in casinos - Dostoyevsky's novel paints a fascinating portrait.
This is especially the case, as in Naked Lunch also, because it is to a large extent autobiographical. Altogether disturbing and unsettling. Every much worth the attention. Mar 26, Zebardast Zebardast rated it it was ok. Oct 10, Dr Nick rated it really liked it. It's not every writer that can take a break from writing a classic to pen an excellent novella but as we should know by now FD is not every writer. For this is exactly what he did with this work alongside one of his masterpieces Crime and Punishment. Apparently he wrote this in four weeks and in a very un Dostoevsky Hollywood moment he fell in love and married the young stenographer who helped him.
This has been the subject of a pretty ropey movie with Michael Gambon - interspersed with the plot It's not every writer that can take a break from writing a classic to pen an excellent novella but as we should know by now FD is not every writer. This has been the subject of a pretty ropey movie with Michael Gambon - interspersed with the plot of the original book - which to be honest would need a bit of padding as it is a fairly slight story.
The other part of this story is that the reason he wrote it was to pay off a gambling debt. This segues into the most striking element of the book - that is the element of autobiography. All the early Dost traits are here: In some ways the work this most resembles is his travel journal of his continental travails. I think one of the most significant elements of the work is that it is his first fiction set completely outside Russia.
This gives a sharpness to his description of the Russian psyche when they are far from home. The nominal "hero" works in the loosest sense for a "family" of chancers - an ostensibly aristocratic group who have washed up in the elite mittel - European gambling resort of Roulette-enberg. Headed by the General the pretence is that they have untold wealth - he has attracted a few parasitic good looking hangers-on with this story.
In reality there is nothing there. Quite a telling comment by FD on the flimsiness of the image of much of the entourage of Tsarist Russia in the 19th Century. Money means status - nothing else; it is not related to work or wages. A common theme of some of the weaker aristocratic figures in Dost's work. When there is no money everything else crumbles away. This is similar to FD's characterisation of a French nomadic aristocrat who does seem to have wealth - maybe making an ironic point of the relative wealth of an aristocrat who comes from a country that overthrew its feudalism to the poverty of ones from a country that they nominally rule.
The pragmatic Englishman Mr Astley! Never gonna give him up who is in the ambit of the group has a stable financial background - the nascent bourgeoisie then beginning to dominate all of Europe - if not Russia. Given that context gambling is the perfect activity. Dostoevsky explains brilliantly in parts of the work the attraction of beating the casinos: He also explains the double think and calculations gamblers make with every transaction in life - including in the final analysis with the "Gambler" Alexis' romantic obsession with the femme fatale Polina.
He also provides a whistle stop tour of the finer technical points of "rouge et noir" or the roulette wheel -useful for any online gambling addicts out there. Money and the weird forms of coin that make up the currency are a constant in the work - all relations are measured in some financial way - with wins and losses. There is no real narrative direction the Gambler wins and loses but it is full of very funny vignettes. In particular the appearance of the General's grandmother - who the General is expecting to drop dead at any minute to give him his legacy - at the resort and her arrogant behaviour which sees her believing she will beat the odds.
In short measure she loses all her wealth outlined in painful detail as the General sees his Russian inheritance essentially disappear before his eyes. Another thing I noted about the work was the absence of any real ideological debate which underpins most of the dynamic of Dostoevsky's fiction. Perhaps this is what leads to the slightly disposable feeling of the piece.
It seems to focus solely on the dynamic of inter-Euro relations of the nineteenth century and Alexis own obsessions with gambling and Polina - the former wins. There are a few broad swipes at comparing Russia with other European countries but that is about it - no detailed dissection of nihilism or the necessity of religious feeling. It is an enjoyable pages though and actually given the utter reliance on gambling which late capitalism has - with house prices, credit and the stock market - there is a telling insight into the psychology of people thrust into this world.
In in a sense that is all of us if we want to navigate the choppy waters of capitalism. I think Dostoevsky saw this even in early nineteenth century capitalism and could see the problems attached - he wrote this to clear his own gambling debts for God's sake! All in all a slight detour from the wonders of writing Crime and Punishment then but a worthwhile little rest. That he created this in essence as a throwaway tells us a lot about the writer and the man.
Aug 06, Darren rated it it was amazing. The setting of the story is in a luxury German resort - the Roulette Burg. Astley, a shy but sensible Englishman, and Nadjenka and Misha who are the children of Sagorjanski. I found this book through a recommendation from an old teacher. The story is told from Alexei Ivanovich point of view. Alexei discovers that General Sagorjanski is in debt and has mortgaged his property in Russia to pay only a small amount of his debt. The General learns about the illness of his aunt who he calls his grandmother.
General Sagorjanski hopes that with his inheritance he can pay his debts and marry Mademoiselle Blanche de Comminges. Alexei wins the roulette game and returns to Polina and confesses his love to her. Polina responds by laughing. Alexei eventually meets a man named Mr. Astley who is a friend of Polina. Astley wants Alexei and Polina to be together and admires Alexies fondness of Polina.
Alexei loves Polina so much that he vows an oath of servitude to her and says that he would do anything she asks. Polina tests this by telling Alexei to insult an aristocratic couple they see while out on a walk. Alexei does this without hesitation and this eventually gets him fired from his job as a tutor. She then meets Alexei and tells him to guide her around the town and to the local casino. Antonida plays a game of roulette and wins a large sum of money, and then she plays again. When Mademoiselle Blanche de Comminges hears that General Sagorjanski will not be inheriting any money she leaves Sagorjanski and seduces another rich Russian man who takes her to Paris.
Mademoiselle Blanche de Comminges asks Alexei to join them and he agrees after Astley balems Alexei for failing to protect Polina throughout this ordeal.