Learn more about the actions Yale University Press is taking. ISBN: Paper. In addition to the Russian text, the book includes an introduction discussing the story's historical context, literary significance, and critical response; an extensive glossary and a learner's dictionary; discussion questions; and vocabulary quizzes, exercises, and self-tests. The exercises are engaging, the annotations very useful and to the point. The Meek One: A Fantastic Story is an eminently user-friendly book, which will help readers gain a greater appreciation of Russian literature, the beauty of the Russian language, and the joy of learning in general. Excerpt PDF.
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The piece comes with the subtitle of "A Fantastic Story", and it chronicles the relationship between a pawnbroker and a girl that frequents his shop. Get A Copy. Paperback , 48 pages. Published June 17th by Kessinger Publishing first published More Details Original Title.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Gentle Spirit. And ladies and gentlemen, as you might have rightly guessed, it is fervently used, jocularly or sarcastically, for a person who hands us, our sharpest criticisms, soaked in such honeyed words that we actually look forward to the slow slaying.
If there was a school, teaching its pupils to sharpen these knives and slice them victoriously under any skin, anywhere in the world, its Principal most surely be D. What can one possibly convey in 48 pages chronicling the life of an ordinary forty-one years old scrupulous pawnbroker with a poor wife, all of sixteen?
Apparently a lot. That in poverty throbs resentment, in kindness, pride; that a kiss of gratitude is forgotten in the arms of prosperity, a flame of love, extinguished in the rain of jealousy; a helping hand is not without smirk, a sleeping mind is not without doubt; the fear of rarefied high is no more nauseous than the fear of dusty lows; the resolve to kill is the same as the resolve to live.
I remember faint, selective outlines of the teachers who were nice to me. But I remember the face, the eyes, the jawline, the gait, the twitch, the frown, basically everything of the handful of teachers who turned the best view-finders of my life.
So what if it came amid torrents of face-offs and inundating numbness? View all 43 comments. Oct 26, Chrissie rated it really liked it Shelves: classics , russia , philo-psychol , short , fiction , relationships , read , audible-uk.
Oh my, I do love Dostoyevsky. No, not all his books but most. Here is why I like him—his characters are complicated. Nothing is simplified. His books always make you think. Here I am thinking of the story I recently read by Tolstoy! Life does not provide conclusive answers either. The tale is about a pawnbroker. His wife lies dead on a table in the room next door.
Why Oh my, I do love Dostoyevsky. Why is what he is asking himself. Who is at fault? Is he at fault? He explains what he knows, but of course, as in real life, he neither knows nor understands everything.
Chance, fate, regret, new starts, smothering adoration, respect, pride, secrets, and the long term consequences of not talking are what you will be thinking about.
This short story does not take very long to read. You will spend more time thinking about it and talking about it than the time spent reading it. Come on now, give it a try. The story goes by two names. I prefer the title The Meek One. If you choose to listen, chose the audiobook narrated by David Bateson. Yeah, he does dramatize, but even I who hates dramatization think it is excellently performed.
You are in his head. He is talking to you. The narration I have given five stars. Sep 05, Andrew rated it really liked it. Dostoevsky is one of my favourite writers.
I discovered him in my teenage years, read as many of his books as I could get my hands on, and to be honest haven't read anything else by him in a long time. I still count him as one of my favourite writers, though, more on memory than anything else.
His writing is so urgent and immediate, and began to open up a world for me beyond s South London. The Gentle Spirit is very short - longer than a short story, but barely long enough to be called a nove Dostoevsky is one of my favourite writers.
The Gentle Spirit is very short - longer than a short story, but barely long enough to be called a novella. Because of this, it doesn't have the grand scale of Dostoevsky's longer works. But it does succeed in its aim - to get inside the head of a pawnbroker as he watches his dead wife laid out on the table in front of him, the wife that he has recently driven to suicide. The language reflects the disordered state of the character's mind as he tries to understand what has happened.
He asks questions, changes his mind, berates himself for going too fast or too slow or missing the point, and is always alternating between self-justification and self-flagellation. It's a convincing portrait. The wife's character is not so clear, but in a way that's the point. The pawnbroker did not understand her - still doesn't, really. Because we see the world entirely through his eyes, our view is very limited and distorted.
His wife is the "gentle spirit" of the book's title, much younger than he is and perhaps a little naive in her expectations of him, but beyond that we discover little about her. Even the pawnbroker's own motives are not very clear - he decided from the start of the marriage to be "stern" with her and to withhold love and affection, but the only reason given for this is that it's what he was used to from his job - a pawnbroker has to be stern with his customers, and not allow himself to be emotionally involved in their plight.
Perhaps Dostoevsky is saying that after cutting himself off from people in this way for so many years, he was unable to achieve intimacy with another human being. By the time he does realise his mistake and declare his love for her, it is too late and too extreme - after months of not speaking to her at all, he suddenly throws himself at her feet and tells her everything. Whereas at the beginning she would have welcomed this display of love, after everything she's been through it just frightens her and drives her away from him.
This was a quick and enjoyable read, and was probably the right length - because of the limitations of the pawnbroker's perspective, it might be tough to read a whole novel based inside his head. In this short book, though, the style worked very well, and although I didn't really understand either character very well, they felt real to me. Now I feel inspired to go back and re-read some of those novels I loved all those years ago. View 2 comments. Nov 21, Florencia rated it really liked it Shelves: russian , stories-and-novellas-for-this-life.
I will not write about how much I love and admire this writer, because I have done it in every review. I guess I did it anyway This was an unusual read. I don't like reading love stories that much.
A Gentle Creature
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. The story of a pawnbroker inching closer to the edge of madness by an innocent revealing herself to be more worldly than he imagined has fueled the imagination of many filmmakers. The story has been adapted for the screen at least seven times since by filmmakers in Russia, France, Sri Lanka, India, Vietnam and the United States, thus confirming the universality of its deceptively simple story as well as the profundity of its themes. A Gentle Creature study guide contains a biography of Fyodor Dostoevsky, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. A Gentle Creature essays are academic essays for citation. These papers were written primarily by students and provide critical analysis of A Gentle Creature by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
The Gentle Spirit
In this short story, Dostoyevsky masterfully depicts desperation, greed, manipulation and suicide. Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin's 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Meek One: A Rebellious Reading
The piece comes with the subtitle of "A Fantastic Story", and it chronicles the relationship between a pawnbroker and a girl that frequents his shop. Dostoyevsky referred to it as a "meek suicide" that "keeps haunting you for a long time. The story opens with the narrator in a frenzy about an apparent tragedy that has just befallen his household. His wife has apparently died, as he makes repeated references to her being laid out on a table, presumably lifeless. The narrator proceeds to make an attempt to relate the story to the reader in an effort to make sense of the situation.
The Meek One
Most often, he examined literature, history, religion, politics and society. For Dostoevsky, crimes against children were the most unsettling, because they signify a disharmony between the laws of nature and the laws of moral judgment. Although Dostoevsky respected the laws of nature, he sought answers to an unanswerable question: if God is good and all powerful, why is there evil in the world? The Pawnbroker wants to be free but is bound by necessity and the course of events. Indeed, Dostoevsky suffered ridicule, especially when an apocalypse did not occur.