Alyosha endeared me to this novel. I've read it twice now and might have another go when I get my copy back from a coworker. He's so compassionate and kind, one wants to have a friend like Alyosha in real life, someone who sees beyond what we do and straight into who we could be.
Alyosha is the wonderful offspring of a drunkard father--a man whom it is very easy to dislike and very hard to feel sympathy for even when terrible things happen to him. (See, this is what makes me so different from Alyosha.) Alyosha is also very different from the rest of his family. His must be a difficult burden to bear, being a person who truly sees the very best in others, no matter what they do. In the end, it is Alyosha's faith in Jesus that makes all the difference.