Recognize those other titles but did not read it. The thing about Fyodor is you put your sanity on the line charging into one of his creations. You develop "brain fever" in no time. Did plow through The Brothers K but Crime and Punishment is my favorite. For one thing it's much easier on the arm and hand muscles. Such a genius.
You are probably correct that opera and lit. are inborn but perhaps can be acquired. How can we convince GS to give it a try? I recommend Jonas Kaufmann. He can pick anything he likes, does not have to be Che Gelida Manina from La Boheme. For a manageable story we can suggest Chekhov's The Lady with the Toy Dog, or Tolstoy's The Death Of Ivan Ilych. That may get him interested in my daily preoccupation, ha ha.
C&P is excellent! Yes, I did have quite bad hand/arm cramps while reading TBK. You really do put your sanity on the line with Dostovesky, but I love it. I sometimes have to step away from his books for a bit because they really get the the old wheels turnin' and I start to feel a little spacey. In particular, one of Ivan's chapters in TBK left my head whirling!
The thing about GS is that he's quite stubborn. I'd like to see how this battle of wills plays out Tinam!
Reading all this literature and Dostovesky talk leaves me feelin' uncultured, lol! So i'll stick to maintaining a diplomatic silence on the subject!
CN is right; you have to be born with the opera bug. I definitely wasn't. Aside from the suggestion Tinam has made in the past of strapping me to a chair and forcing me to endure The Tales of Hoffmann i cannot ever imagine myself ever sitting through anything like that. I subjected myself to 10-15 minutes of that ordeal and that was more than enough to last me a lifetime! No thanks!
If Tinam had you strapped to a chair, you'd be forced to endure more than 10-15 mins of The Tales of Hoffmann; it could potentially go on for hours, at which point you might find yourself developing literary stockholm syndrome. I think that happened to me with a few books in university. I think that's her only hope of converting you to lit. lover.
You hear that, Tina!? There you go - why don't you give up on me and convert CN into an opera buff, haha! She sounds willing!
I'm more than willing to give it a try. Tinam sounds like she has good taste!