The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
For all you readers who love to see characters fall into holes in which they try so desperately to climb out of, repeatedly, disastrously, I recommend Dostoyevsky's The Gambler.
It's an old story and one that seems to always resurface. After all, there are so many gamblers out there.
Gamblers of love, pride, cold hard cash -- it's all the same in the end. It's a fever that always seems to drive one into the basement of one's soul.
Dostoyevsky is a master storyteller. Even if the story is one we all know, his style drives us all directly into the fever-wracked brain, in full introverted style, of the most pathetic of creatures and makes us squirm.
What a writer!
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