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So tonight I forgot to bring my english book to work to do my homework, and I also didn't bring my kindle so I had like three hours of downtime with nothing to do but watch the latest election cycle bullshit on the news
Almost immediately bored after American Dad ended on Adult Swim, I thought about how much I wanted to start reading the great Russian writers and lamented how I had a ton of Russian lit on my kindle (while conveniently ignoring that if I had my kindle I'd keep reading Smiley's People). I realized that most of these texts are now in the public domain though, so I used the kindle app on my phone to pick up this collection of short stories.
I read the first one, White Nights, and it gave me the feels. Then I remembered reading on here in the past that Dostoevsky was a very different writer before and after his exile to Siberia, so now I'm wondering this simple question:
If I like White Nights (which I very much did) will I enjoy his later work? Will I find myself identifying with the narrator as much as I did in this story?
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I have a problem and I need your help. I don't understand what I read, I mean I don't understand what author of the book tried to say in that book. I love reading, I read mostly smart authors' books like Hermann Hesse, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Camus and so on. But I don't understand them, what steps should I take?
p.s. It's driving me crazy because I usually stick with smart people (in my opinion) and they talk about books, so I have to avoid those talks...