The Gambler

The Gambler

eBook - 2012
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At length I returned from two weeks leave of absence to find that my patrons had arrived three days ago in Roulettenberg. I received from them a welcome quite different to that which I had expected. The General eyed me coldly, greeted me in rather haughty fashion, and dismissed me to pay my respects to his sister. It was clear that from somewhere money had been acquired. I thought I could even detect a certain shamefacedness in the General's glance.
Publisher: [Luton] : Andrews UK Limited, 2012.
ISBN: 9781781668429
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Hogarth, C. J.


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Dec 08, 2011

Written in the space of a month to satisfy his publisher’s demands and to pay off gambling debts, Dostoyevsky wrote about a subject that he was very intimate with: addiction to gambling. This story deals with an array of mostly mean spirited and emotionally crippled characters that are impatiently waiting for a person whom they refer to as ‘Grandmother’ to die and subsequently inherit her fortune. To their total surprise, she appears at their hotel/casino where they are staying and to their horror begins to gamble at the roulette wheel, losing large sums.
Dostoyevsky’s skills in understanding human behaviour are clearly displayed in this dark but sometimes comical tale. Although not his best, this novel is worthy for anyone with an affinity for Dostoyevsky’s literature.

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