Fyodor Dostoevsky is one the best, if not the best, Russian authors ever. After reading this book by Peter Leithart, I found much to admire and some things not so admirable about the man. Dostoevsky was a man of many vices that negatively impacted his life. Loss of money due to gambling was a problem until late in his life. However, Dostoevsky was convinced Christ was the answer to the ills of Russia. Christ or Christ-like characters were present in many of his books. While my theology would probably be vastly different than his, Dostoevsky saw Christ as his only hope and savior. He was a man like many I know. He viewed Christ as his savior, yet still struggled with the sin in his life.
The writing of this book left me with mixed feeling. The book was very interesting to follow. However, it is written with fictionalized conversations added, leaving one to wonder which sections are true and which are not. The story also jumps around to different major events in his life. As one with little prior knowledge of Dostoevsky, I was completely lost on the order of events in his life. This book was a good read, but left me wanting something more. I learned some important thinks about Dostoevsky, but just not sure if I learned enough to encourage others to read it.
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