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Monday, July 31, 2017

#50 - The Gambler - Fyodor Dostoevsky

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
CDs/Hours:  6/6
IBSN:  978-1-4417-1712-2

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.

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