Wednesday, 19 August 2009

This book changed my life...

This article in the Onion about remaking The Brothers Karamazov is hilarious, and neatly expresses my thoughts on the painful process of reading Russian literature. Everyone always says this book changed their life, but I'd definitely file it safely in the 'labour of love' category.

Here's an excerpt...

LOS ANGELES—Executives at Paramount Pictures announced Monday that production had finally wrapped on a new film adaptation that concludes at the precise moment most readers give up on the classic Russian novel.

The 83-minute film, which is based on the first 142 or so pages of Fyodor Dostoevsky's acclaimed work, has already garnered attention for its stunning climax, in which the end credits suddenly appear midway through Katerina's tearful speech about an unpaid debt.

According to director D.J. Caruso, great care was taken to painstakingly recreate the experience of slowly inching one's way through the dense work of literature. Starring Viggo Mortensen as both Alyosha and Aleksey, depending on the scene, and Laura Linney as someone's mother or aunt, the film opens with a three-minute-long summary taken directly from the novel's back cover.

"I've been picking up and putting down The Brothers Karamazov since college, so this was a dream project for me," Caruso said. "I can still remember the first time I ever tried to read it. The obscure, often archaic prose, the overwhelming cast of characters, the frustration of reading 10 whole pages and then realizing that I didn't understand a thing—it all had such a profound effect on me."


Jenny said...

funny, it took me 3 years to finish this book!

alisha said...

I remember you inspired me to read it.

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