Book Review | Poor Folk by Dostoevsky

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Birth: November 11, 1821, Moscow, Russia

Death: February 9, 1881, St. Petersburg, Russia


Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born on November 11, 1821 in Moscow. Dostoevsky published his first book Poor Folk in 1846. Dostoevsky was arrested in 1849, for alleged involvement in a conspiracy against the state. The novels he wrote after exile glorified Russian literature:


I would like to share with you today; The Poor Folk by Dostoevsky.



Poor human beings!


This book reminded me of the times I lived in Slavic territory. Because Eastern European countries are cold with both their people and their city settlements, they are more oriented towards the brain and mathematics, not the heart. So what I'm trying to say is; Even if the weather is not cold, the aura is cold, even if people are not cold, the atmosphere of cities is not sincere. Reminds us Europe but in a different way.


Undoubtedly, the fact that the architecture and cities were like this inevitably caused the color of Dostoevsky's Poor Folk novel to be in shades of gray. It is for this reason that the subjects that dominate the book are pity, compassion, a love affair and intense emotional accusations.


Although people may find the money difficult even to gift a book, they still buy gifts and keep their hearts pleasant; When Varvara said that he was looking at Makar as a kindhearted person, shee reminded me of the following quote:


"If the people have no bread, let them eat cake."

In fact, we can understand the explanation of the promise that Marie Antoinette said, by looking at the sociological and demographic characteristics of the cities in the Middle Ages. The fact that those who ruled the society in the medieval period cities did not go down to the problems of the individual who played a role in the society, and each individual had his own troubles caused the cities, the architecture and the books to be depressing. Literature is of course affected when all the reasons such as the design of the streets, even the size of horse carriages, and the goals of only the upper class people are combined. Therefore, just as individuals who govern society do not think about individuals, individuals have never thought of talking about politics, government and administrators. Only subjects about their own lives and events in their environment are covered.


Poor Folk is a book in which the loser and poor people of the time are in an individual mobilization. As such, the importance of the culture of correspondence becomes evident and sincere expressions and letters are not cut back. Until the Industrial Revolution ended all the previous formations. Where we need to hug love, that moment when we run for money...


The book ends with a bittersweet ending, you want to split the last page in half for the continuation of it, to find if there is any writing left in it... If Varenka says: "Kiss me!" to Makar, Makar can't kiss her... If she says "Hug me!", he can't touch her... But if she says "Love me!", then he will love her...


Poor Folk book proved who Dostoevsky will be in the future. It is both an exciting book and a book that has successfully managed individual emotional movements.