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Can I possibly not understand myself that I m a lost man But why can t I resurrect141 It is not just the extraordinary psychological depth of the characters nor the engaging story that masterfully manages the element of surprise This novella had a great impact on me for the simple reason that whenever I read certain passages, I saw him His obsessions, his fears, his passion for a distant woman, his despair Dostoyevsky was there, trying to survive.Alexei Ivanovich is a 25 year old tutor that works for a Russian family The General s family that includes Polina, the woman Alexei loves They are all living in a suite at some German hotel Besides them, there is a bunch of other manipulative, self destructing, unstable characters Flawed yet colorful, at times As with life People that were the inspiration for Dostoyevsky s most amusing remarks, filled with fine irony and a tinge of sarcasm Just a tadAlexei is a complete character lovable, obnoxious Everything but indifference Pride that vanishes when facing his obsession , overly analytical thinking, madness, cynicism, wit, honesty, frankness.It s really nice when people don t stand on ceremony, but act in an open and unbuttoned way with each other And why should one deceive oneself It s the most futile and ill calculated occupation 17 A frankness that gave me hope He is not the timid character that keeps everything inside I mean, I am in love with those characters since they are a mirror to me and let me focus on the many things I need to change But it is nice to see an energetic, outspoken character developing the quality that one longs for.when I talk with you, I want to say everything, everything, everything I lose all form Since I have no hope and am a zero in your eyes, I say outright I see only you everywhere, and the rest makes no difference to me 34 A frankness that combined with the particular situation of being madly in love with a woman, inspires one of the most unsettling passages of the novella One that brought to mind all the disgusting justifications that one encounters in life.This book screams reality The description of the casino, the kinds of gamblers, the desire to win, the abstraction from the world, the eyes fixed on a number, an excuse for every act, the brief sense of reason after a lost bet and the subsequent hunch that the next one will be the one that saves the day.I was as if in a fever and pushed this whole pile of money onto red and suddenly came to my senses And for the only time that whole evening, in all that playing, fear sent a chill over me and came back as a trembling in my hands and legs With terror I sensed and instantly realized what it meant for me now to lose My whole life was at stake 111 No, a day is not saved only by the profits so easily made It is the impulse, the craving for risks Despair that drives Chance that sings The feeling that one is in control of the roulette, of the next move the elusive luck Praises for the fearless gambler.However, I don t remember what I thought about on the way there were no thoughts My only sensation was of some terrible pleasure luck, victory, power I don t know how to express it 114 Every chapter, every paragraph, everything is written with such detail Vivid descriptions about the parallel universe that inevitably brings disgrace to its inhabitants Citizens that worship daring ventures They can deny it They can lie to themselves as they embrace victory, but deep down they are aware of their deteriorating state.Nothing could beabsurd than moral lessons at such a moment Oh, self satisfied people with what proud self satisfaction such babblers are ready to utter their pronouncements If they only knew to what degree I myself understand all the loathsomeness of my present condition, they wouldn t have the heart to teach me Well, what, what new thing can they say to me that I don t know myself And is that the point What am I now Z ro What may I be tomorrow Tomorrow I may rise from the dead and begin to live anew I may find the man in me before he s lost 133 An ill fated relationship Our doomed Russian friend.By trying to defeat destiny through gambling, he ensured his servitude A slave of everything he loved too much Of everything he hated but still needed The roulette The urge The impulse A woman.A brief existence perpetually waiting for fate to change Waiting for another tomorrow.Dec 13, 15 Also on my blog. Not one of his greater works, but one that reveals his adept ability at multi layered characterization The story behind the story is almost as interesting he had to write this on a tight schedule because of his own gambling debts Always an introspective narrator, with subtle empathy for an imperfect hero Raskolnikov Dostoyevsky here was able to describe the feelings, anxiety, and drives of a gambling addict. , , , , , .. Por fin estaba de regreso, despu s de dos semanas de ausencia Los nuestros llevaban ya tres d as en Ruletemburgo Yo cre a que me estar an aguardando como al mes as pero me equivocabaEl jugador es el libro con mayores caracter sticas autobiogr ficas de Dostoievski sin lugar a dudas Todo lo que le pasa al personaje de Alexei Iv novich, que narra en esta novela su experiencia de esos d as febriles vividos en Ruletemburgo y as como su relaci n con la voluptuosa P lina Alex ndrovna, que es sencillamente el alter ego de P lina S slova, una estudiante diecis is a os menor que Dostoievski y que fue su amante en una de las pocas m s tormentosas de su vida, y que lo dominaron desde 1862 a 1866, cuando el autor sufri una adicci n feroz al juego durante su exilio en Baden Baden, una ciudad de descanso y dispersi n que era algo a s como Las Vegas pero en el siglo XIX y enclavada en el medio de Europa.Todo el mundo iba a esas ciudades, de lujosos hoteles y confortables spa a descansar y obviamente a jugar a la ruleta con desenfreno, de la misma manera que lo hizo Dostoievski Era com n en la poca ir de vacaciones en grandes grupos, alojarse en hoteles y pasar todo el d a en el casino Los rusos, para variar, llevaban un s quito interminable de gente preparados para gastar miles de rublos, francos o florines en las ruletas Fue esta la etapa m s desordenada y ca tica en la vida del genial novelista ruso Con su primera esposa, Mar a Dim trievna muri ndose de tuberculosis, escapa a Europa obnubilado por la belleza de P lina en medio de un torbellino amoroso que lo dej casi en la ruina total.Le llev varios a os a Dostoievski desintoxicarse de su adicci n al juego, que lo llev a perderlo pr cticamente todo, incluso su premiera esposa, que muri en 1864.Esta novela surge de esas experiencias en las que Dostoievski muestra sus conocimientos en el arte del juego de la ruleta y para ello utiliza casualmente su propia vida para plasmarla en las hojas de su libro.Fue tanto su descontrol que, ahogado por las deudas, lleg incluso a empe ar el anillo de casamiento de su esposa Viv a constantemente pidiendo dinero prestado a sus amigos e incluso a enemigos y para volver a Rusia.La misma suerte corren varios personajes de la novela A decir verdad, algunos son maravillosos, tal es el caso de los que componen ese grupo de jugadores como lo son el general, franc s Des Grieux, un taimado amigo del general, el ingl s, m ster Astley y particularmente la abuela, Ant nida Vas lievna Tarasec cheva, la babulinka, una septuagenaria presuntamente al borde de la muerte, que le dar a unos cuantos de hacerse de sus millones como herencia, pero que como arte de magia aparece en Ruletemburgo vivita y coleando A partir de all surgir n distintos juegos de fidelidades y traiciones, y todo eso en medio de despilfarros y apuestas descontroladas en el casino Todos quieren salvarse haciendo saltar la banca, pero s lo aportan m s confusi n y desorden a sus vidas.Dostoievski tardtan s lo 25 d asentre el 4 y el 29 de octubre de 1866 en escribir El Jugador para tratar de pagar la deuda que le ten a impuesta su editor, quien lo hab a amenazado con llevarlo a la c rcel si no cumpl a con el contrato pactado, adem s de quedarse con los derechos de su obra y porque es todo el tiempo que le dio para escribir el libro La fecha l mite era el 1 de noviembre de 1866.Era tanta la presi n que Dostoievski tuvo que contratar a una taqu grafa, llamada Anna Grigorievna Sn tkina para acelerar el proceso de escritura del libro Anna terminar a transform ndose en su ltima esposa y es all en donde encontrar a la paz y la salida a su adicci n l dica, a punto tal que Anna no s lo le dio tranquilidad e hijos, sino que se transform en la administradora de sus finanzas.Dict ndole el libro contra reloj, lleg a tiempo para presentarlo previa certificaci n ante el comisar a local, ya que el editor se escondi a prop sito para exponerlo y hacerlo meter preso adrede , y de esta manera libro fue finalmente publicado lo que le sirvi para recomponerse tanto l como su imagen ante la sociedad A partir de all vendr an sus grandes novelas como El Idiota , Los demonios y Los hermanos Karam zov.Un ltimo dato que es sorprendente y que demuestran por qu Fi dor Dostoievski fue escritor tan impresionante mientras por las ma anas le dictaba a Anna El Jugador , pr cticamente contra reloj, por las tardes le dictaba los comienzos de lo que ser a una de sus novelas capitales, Crimen y Castigo.Dos novelas a la vez y de qu calibre . . 185 193. 4.0 stars Fyodor Dostoevsky is a phenomenal writer and an icon of Russian literature In this story, he has once again written a novel comprised of superb prose, unique characters and some very insightful comments about the human condition For that, this novel deserves nothing less than 4 stars HOWEVER, as a native of Las Vegas who has just recently been given the opportunity to read this book after the lifting of the 100 year ban imposed by the State of Nevada on public dissemination of this book, I must say that I agree with the Nevada founding fathers that some of the conclusions that Dostoevsky draws about the sin of gambling ARE JUST PLAIN WRONG Hopefully, this review will present aunbiased opinion of the alternative investment vehicle and time honored source of happiness and pleasure that is the sport of gambling The book starts off great Dostoevsky introduces us to the main character of his short novel, Alexei Ivanovich, and describes him as an intelligent tutor who is working for a Russian family whose patriarch is known as The General Through his attraction to Polina, a member of The General s family, Alexei finds himself introduced to the game of roulette when he is asked by Polina to place a wager for her at the local casino While placing the wager for Polina, Alexei discovers the narcotic bliss that comes with engaging in the sport of gambling So far so good Alexei becomes involved in an extremely unhealthy relationship with Polina in which she is constantly berating him and compelling to take inappropriate actions For example, she entices him to get into a verbal altercation with a Baron and Baroness which ends up having long ranging consequences for many of the characters in the story In order to deal with the many struggles that Alexei finds himself going through, he eventually finds solace in the joys of wagering at the roulette wheel Again, so far, so good Gambling can be a great escape from life s little troubles However, this is where Dostoevsky, in my opinion and the opinion of casino executives around the world, really departs from reality He portrays Alexei s gambling as being a negative influence on the rest of his life Alexei stops reading and keeping track of current events and becomes single minded in his pursuit of winning at the roulette table In other professional sports, this would be called COMMITMENT, but Dostoevsky implies that Alexei is obsessed Now, it IS true that Alexei s gambling eventually leads to his loss of all his money and social standing in the community and this turn of events is highlighted by Mr Dostoevsky as proof of the wrongness of gambling What the author fails to focus on is that Alexei is clear that he never felt as alive in his life as when he was at the roulette wheel and had an ABSOLUTE BLAST until his money ran out I would say as a form of entertainment, Alexei got plenty of bang for his many bucks Still, all Dostoevsky wanted to focus on was the pain that followed Alexei loss of money and his inability to find an alternative means of making a living Now, to each their own However, from where I am standing gambling has been very good to the city of Las Vegas and I don t like seeing its reputation dragged through the mud based on spurious information Therefore, I would like to finish this review by providing you with the following and ask only that you consider it with an open mind TOP TEN MYTHS ABOUT GAMBLING As compiled by the Las Vegas Casino Executive Bonus and Stock Option Institute 1 Gambling destroys families Truth Gambling can bring a family together like nothing else 2 Gambling can be an unhealthy and dangerous addiction.Truth As the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce has made clear, only when someone LOSES at gambling, is it considered a problem 3 Gambling can lead to drug addiction.Truth Shooting smack, snorting cocaine and smoking crack and or meth are illegal in OVER 80% of Las Vegas casinos unless you are a CELEBRITY or a REALLY HIGH ROLLER from overseas thus you are actually prevented from taking drugs while engaged in gambling 4 Gambling can cost you friends and lead to loneliness.Truth PLEASE do these people look lonely 5 Gambling costs you money.Truth Gambling has made many people, LOTS and LOTS of money 6 Gambling can make you very unhappy and lead to depression.Truth REEEAALLLLYYYYYY 7 Gambling can make you forget who you are a become a different person.Truth Is that such a bad thing is some cases 8 Gambling is for losers.Truth Gambling is for PLAYAS 9 Gambling can take over your life.Truth As this visual evidence clearly demonstrates, this woman is going to stop gambling forthan an hour to attend her own weddingfrom where I am sitting, it doesn t look like she is letting gambling stop her from living her life 10 Gambling is done in an unhealthy environment.Truth Casinos take their patrons health and safety VERY seriously REWARD CLUB BONUS In our effort to continue to give you value for your , here is a bonus 11th Myth because Vegas is famous for handing out free stuff 11 You can t make a career out of being a Gambler Truth Oodles of gold records, a chain of chicken restaurants and a pack of TV movies despite no acting ability begs to differ with you. (Free Epub) ⚨ Игрок Ì In This Dark And Compelling Short Novel, Fyodor Dostoevsky Tells The Story Of Alexey Ivanovitch, A Young Tutor Working In The Household Of An Imperious Russian General Alexey Tries To Break Through The Wall Of The Established Order In Russia, But Instead Becomes Mired In The Endless Downward Spiral Of Betting And Loss His Intense And Inescapable Addiction Is Accentuated By His Affair With The General S Cruel Yet Seductively Adept Niece, Polina In The Gambler, Dostoevsky Reaches The Heights Of Drama With This Stunning Psychological Portrait .