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Book of the Month – White Nights

Book of the Month - White Nights

Title: White Nights

Author: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Publication Year: 2009


This story begins with the protagonist, the dreamer,  wandering the streets at night, feeling isolated and disconnected from society until he meets Nastenka, a young woman with whom he begins a friendship over a series of nightly encounters where they both open up to each other discussing many matters such as family, past experiences ambitions in life and so on. The dreamers start catching feelings for her fantasising about a future with Nastenka, believing that she may reciprocate his feelings. However their connection is very complicated. explores themes of loneliness, unrequited love, and the human desire for connection. I enjoyed this book very much and I believe that anyone who likes to fantasise, dream and spend time alone with their thoughts will relate and find comfort in the character of the dreamer.

One of the primary reasons to read “White Nights” is its engaging and thought-provoking narrative. The book is a collection of interconnected stories set in St. Petersburg, Russia, during the 1990s. Each story explores various themes, such as love, friendship, and the complexities of life in a rapidly changing society. The author’s unique storytelling style and the vivid portrayal of the city’s atmosphere make this book a memorable reading experience.


“White Nights” is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that offers readers a unique insight into Russian culture, history, and the human experience. Its engaging plot, rich cultural context, emotional depth, literary merit, and social and political commentary make it a worthwhile read for anyone interested in expanding their understanding of the world and the human condition.

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