Psychology

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(review of Atonement, a novel by Ian McEwan – 5*/5*) “It was common enough, to see so much death and want a child.” We each live in our own world – and worlds of children are so far simpler than those of grown-ups; the friction between these worlds allows chances for misunderstandings. McEwan, who seems…

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(Review of Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novel ‘The Idiot’, 5*/5*) An ideal idiot Most of my favorite characters are either pure evil or complex anti-hero type; the stereotype Mr. Goody-two-shoes has never appealed to me; however Prince Muishkin, the idiot in the novel, is now going to be an exception. He has suffered from idiocy due to epilepsy…

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(Review of ‘Dream of a Ridiculous Man’ , a short story by Fyodor Dostoyevsky – 5*/5*) “Only perhaps in our children, in their earliest years, one might find, some remote faint reflection of this beauty.” Do you remember losing that treasured innocence that we were born with? that old childish ‘innocence’ (there might be a better…

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