The protagonist a man that daydreams all day, roaming madly around the city while dreaming, living in a world of fantasies and how reality hits him one day by some certain coincidence (no spoilers here:))
I've first read that 13 years ago at the age of 11 and it was how I got the first hint about my dreams being "a little bit" more extra than other people. I was scared af to become that guy some day and certainly denied that I was a dreamer. And these very days I'd been busy dreaming myself in Dostoevsky stories from dusk till dawn
Lately while I was studying russian I got to read the book again and saw it in a complete different light. It feels like the guy has some blessing and a curse just like the different sides of a same coin. Has anyone read that book? Any opinions about it?
I read it as soon as I saw this post and while the character is definitely a bit much in daydreaming, nothing seemed horrible about it to me besides his obsessive behavior and refusal to interact with others due to it. He had the same kind of imagination Anne Of Green Gables did, except he used it to disguise his reality. He's searching for a "kindred spirit" as Anne would say. As an MD'er though, it was very relatable, as I and my friend would often do the same. Let our minds wander and get to know the objects, give them personality, and such. However, I got the same idea you did on the second reading. It's both a blessing and a curse, but to me, it seems like the story was altruistic love. His daydreaming allowed us to show how infatuated he was with Nastenka and then we really got to see his fall when she left with her original lover, as he saw reality for the first time and didn't like it. But through all this, he still wished them happiness, and I have to admire that kind of resilience. Especially as an MD'er because most of us would keep imagining and yearning for a person to be with us and for many it would taint their daydreams. And thanks for sharing! It was a marvelous read and really got me back into Dostoevsky!