Title: The Gambler
Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky
Genre: Classic Fiction
Read by: Simon Prebble
Publisher/Date: Blackstone Audio/2010
Originally published: 1867
Dates listened to: 7/21/17 – 7/30/17
Set in Germany in the town of Roulettinberg, we find our protagonist, Alexei, ready to partake of the gaming tables, namely roulette, on behalf of his lady-love Polina. Dostoevsky, like Alexei, had a gambling problem. His addiction makes the book even more real. I love the tension of winning, losing, winning and losing again. And like the red and black, odd and even numbers, we find the relationship of Polina and Alexei on-again, off-again. It is an emotional roller coaster with changing fortunes and complicated lives. Dostoevsky at his best.