May 24, 2018ANTHONYZEDAN rated this title 4 out of 5 stars
An important novel that delves down the rabbit hole of the human psyche to peer at the ugliest but truest impulses in all of us. If you were to look deeply into the mind of any reasonable person, you will find these same self-destructive psychological impulses at work. What makes this novel timeless is that it has not lost its relevance, in fact, in our age of personas and transparency, it has become required reading. We all have to come to terms with our imagined insults and our mission to right the wrongs that have supposedly occurred to us. Most people are not honest enough to admit to themselves that they can be just as sick and spiteful as the underground man. The novel is about the lies we tell ourselves to make us feel better about the terrible things we say and do to other people and ourselves, and ultimately, how and why people ruin their chances at happiness by making the wrong decisions knowingly, unleashing chaos and sabotaging themselves as an expression of free will and their humanity. The novel is a lesson to all of us; a warning against how we can be cruelest when we tell ourselves we are attempting to be kind. The novel exposes our dark side's imagination to the light of reason and ethics without ever resolving the fundamental paradox of being human.