by, of all people, a Russian!

Theodore Dostoyevsky!

Oh why, oh why, did I take so long to discover him???

It seems I’ve been hearing his name all my life and yet niggling prejudice tainted it.

I thought to myself, “Why would I read a book by a guy named Dostoyevsky? It sounds so Russian! It is so Russian! What could I learn from a Russian?”

Ah, how many times have we been told not to judge a book by its cover? Or by its author’s name?

Written in 1866, almost a hundred years before I was born and translated into English in 1964, when I was two!

And I only just discovered it forty-eight years later.

I think the hardest thing of all to do, as a writer, is to make a character’s irrational actions make sense! For them to ring so true that they echo to the very depths of your soul!

Wow, wow, and double wow!

A book has not impressed me like this in a VERY VERY long time!

I will have to re-read it.

And this darn free ebook will simply not do!

I will have to get me a real copy!

Geez, Crime and Punishment makes The Great Gatsby  and The Razor’s Edge  look as serious as comic books!