Whose a better writer?

Weeks-Galaini (@cj420weeks) 9 years, 3 months ago

Fyodor Dostoevsky or Leo Tolstoy

I personally think Dostoevsky is the greatest novelist ever to live, but what’s your opinion?

May 7, 2013 at 4:22 pm
E.C.F. Doyle (346) (@chekovchameleon) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@cj420weeks, Hard to say, Dostoevsky is like Mozart, raw natural talent for writing novels. Tolstoy is like Beethoven, a genius master craftsman of the written word. My preference would be Dostoevsky. The idiot is a fantastic novel.

Personally I’d say Jane Austen is the best Novelist to have ever lived. Herman Melville, Dickens and Vladimir Nabokov are my personal favourites.

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Weeks-Galaini (5) (@cj420weeks) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

I feel as if Dostoevsky understands the human spirit better than any other writer. Although, I do not claim to believe there is a god or not, I do think that Dostoevsky saw with more clarity than anyone else the nature of the people in his era. And thus, the nature of the people in this era. He had a way of conveying his characters as so deeply human in all their complex emotions, variances of love, complications with death, and the responsibility they bear, that the novel becomes less about the story and more about the life and fate of the characters. I truly think anything you will ever need to know about life can be found in a Dostoevsky novel, and most especially The Brothers Karamazov. But other writers I enjoy are Aldous Huxley, Albert Camus, Hemingway, and Orwell.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

Hate Dickens… the rest are news to me. Not much into novels, especially olde english type where they go one and on about nothing and its supposed to be amazing.
bogus to me
Tolkien & Vonnegut are the only novelists I got into. Are those even novels? I have no idea.

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yugen (29) (@jreynolds789) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

^ Slaughterhouse Five


@ijesuschrist

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E.C.F. Doyle (346) (@chekovchameleon) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, Yep, those be novels. Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick(I personally think it is the greatest novel) and Vladimir Nabokov wrote Lolita. The thing with those old novels, it does seem that they rattle on about nothing but most of it is a social commentary. So when you read a lot of them you get to know what they are alluding too, especially Austen and Dickens. Like Orwell in animal farm or 1984. Just that the history isn’t as fresh.


@cj420weeks
, I’ve only read The Outsider by Camus. That was great, I love all the existential stuff. Haven’t read much Hemingway just the old man and the sea in school. Orwell and Huxley are superb though, Chrome Yellow is one of my all time favourites.

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Weeks-Galaini (5) (@cj420weeks) 9 years, 3 months ago ago

@chekovchameleon, I personally didn’t like The Old Man and The Sea too much, but The sun also rises, a farewell to arms, and for whom the bell tolls are very fine novels. As for Camus, The Stranger is one of my all time favorites, and The Fall, and The Plague are very good. And Huxley may be the most eloquient writers ive ever read, and Animal Farm and 1984 by Orwell are 2 of the greatest political novels ever written. But I have never read any of Melville’s or Nabkorov’s work. Dickens, however, has a very refined and mastered style, his passion for writing and life seem to be held back in order to create an eloquient novel, which is the problem with a lot of American writing.

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