This book shows the cruelty of man especially to the handicapped. I feel sorry for Prince Mushkin. He didn't deserve any of the things that happened to him. And all the others expecting him to know everything in etiquette when he's been in Switzerland all his life in a hospital? I suggest that people need to read this book and look in their heart to see if they identify with all the people that dealt with Prince Mushkin. I'm pretty sure they will.
The movie versions do not do the book Justice. They never spoke of his enslavement and his plantation in Brazil. Or the fact that the ship that got shipwrecked was a slaver ship. This is a great novel for anyone to read. I recommend it to everyone.
This book is very inspirational. People may make a lot of jokes about this book but I wont. Pollyanna's "glad" game was a way to cope with depression and she went through a lot. It still has a message for us even today.
This book is great. The musical doesn't do it justice. I do have one beef with it though. Why did the author make the villain a jew. It shows some anti-semitism because of it.