Eric has been quoting Dostoyevsky to me all morning. This is a bit of a surprise as he's one of those men who, though an avid reader, rarely reads fiction. But it turns out that of the novels he has read, Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is his all time favourite. When pressed, he says simply: "That book changed everything." How could I not have known this about him already? After all, I’m the sort of book-mad person who will eye up new friends' bookshelves before taking time out to coo at their babies or pat the heads of their beloved dogs.
The upshot of this revelation is that next year, when I read Dostoyevsky's The Idiot as part of the 2008 Russian Reading Challenge hosted by Sharon of Ex Libris, Eric is going to join me. A live, in-person, right-here-at-home shared reading experience to run alongside the virtual, international shared reading experience among bloggers that the challenge represents. I'm looking forward to this on both counts.