December Books 20) The Devils (aka The Possessed) by Fyodor Dostoevsky

I found this a bit of a slog, to be honest. An awful lot of time is spent setting up the bourgeois country town whose peace is destroyed by a few men who turn to revolutionary violence for no particularly good reason. It’s obviously rather chilling to read in retrospect, given that the forces of revolutionary violence did actually win in Russia decades after this was written. But I would have liked some more sympathetic characters.

Interesting that America, with its egalitarian but tough environment, is explicitly the inspiration for several characters.