Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

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A desperate young man plans the perfect crime -- the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law -- if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime And Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil ... a man who cannot escape his own conscience.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, c1994.
ISBN: 9780679601005
Characteristics: 629 p. ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Garnett, Constance Black 1862-1946.


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Jan 28, 2018

Absolutely amazing. Truly an insightful look into human nature. This book was written over 100 years ago in Russia, yet I swear some of the characters could have been from modern day America.

Dostoevsky has a way of working in little stories into the larger narrative that I find fascinating and entertaining. Every chapter seems to contain a little vignette that details the life of Czarist Russia.

St. Petersburg itself is a character in the story. The impression you get of the city is that it is cold, ugly, and just generally inhuman, which contributes much to the motivation of the main character.

A true masterpiece.

Nov 16, 2017

If you took out all the characters who exist just as political mouthpieces or uninteresting interludes (I'm not even convinced that Avdotya or her suitors are necessary characters) this would be a really interesting investigation of the psychology of ends justifying means. But it's varyingly fascinating and tedious, and I have to wonder if this story simply needs an update. Outside its historical context (any book which needs 30 pages of endnotes to be explained is really only of historical importance) this is actually not a very well told story. That said, large parts of it are fascinating, and it has a delightfully gruesome style that I'd never experienced before (I'm not a big reader of fiction). I'm sure some will disagree with me, but I'd still say that even if you're only reading it to say you've read it, there's something to enjoy here. It's only occasionally the kind of book you have to trudge unwillingly through to get to the good parts.

Oct 31, 2017

This is Dostoevsky at his best - at least as far as this reader is concerned. This is a ‘complex’ story (in many respects) certainly with respect to the story line: and, in the ‘typical’ Russian style, full of boiling emotion, honor, degradation and mystery.

Oct 06, 2017

What an amazing read. Should you find yourself struggling to keep up with the characters, continue through. It will come together and it WILL be worth it!

Jul 09, 2017

Possibly one of the best books I have ever read. I could not put this book down, and while some say it is a drag of a read; for me, this book was an actual page-turner. Dostoyevsky does such a fantastic job with narrating the inner thoughts of Raskolnikov. This book made me want to read more classic literature, I was so moved by this book that I reached out to my English teacher to have a lunch discussion about the various themes and ideas in this book. It is also important to note the time period, as well as Dostoyevsky's own political and philosophical ideas, as they give context for the book and a lens through which to read the novel. I can only give this book the highest recommendation for anyone looking to read a master work of literature.

Apr 17, 2017

Amazing book. Dostoevsky's writing is incredible ... he can really get into peoples' heads. It took me a long time to read but it was so enjoyable. It's been a while since I've read something so brilliant. Recommended for anyone, especially people interested in psychology.

Jan 24, 2017

Powerful (journey to the mind in a few days, more dramatic than millennia saga), suspenseful (more so than mystery thriller),
tragic for each character (I'm more sympathetic towards elder and "philandering" Svidrigailov than young and precocious Raskolnikov, equally touched by Katerina as Sofya), insightful to reveal each layer of human nature ("dull" figures Luzhin and Porfiry, representative of the ordinary, conventional wisdom and ruling authority, shine, along with the protagonist.).
A true masterpiece rarely seen in contemporary literature.

AL_IRINAB Nov 27, 2016

In simple words, everything is magnificent in this one of the very best novels in human history ever! The story, plot, characters, theories, developing characters and their relationships, philosophy, search of God, style of writing, escalating of emotions, mystery, beauty of contradictions & paradoxes, scenes of old Saint Petersburg, portrayal of life in the19th century, exploration of human nature and Russian soul, inquiry of how sordid and sublime one can be,
As many times you read this book, you will surprisingly discover something new. Dostoyevsky attained an infeasible pinnacle by creating this genuinely immortal masterpiece of literature art.

May 02, 2016

I enjoyed this masterpiece indeed as I am really into books focusing on contemplating human nature, differing from those authored by Americans, which characterise extended description of natural environment I always find so boring that I can not bear it until I reach 'the heart of the book'. Humans are always the center of everything and thereby what they think and feel deep inside counts most.

Mar 31, 2016

I wanted to like this book so badly, really I did but for the life of me I just couldn't. Maybe my English class killed any enjoyment I would've gotten out of this book if I had read it under different circumstances but I couldn't stand it. I know I was supposed to care about the characters and their suffering but I just couldn't do it, I couldn't stand Raskolnikov and the hours that he spent agonizing over whether or not he had committed a crime and when he would be caught. The dialogue was three pages long, entire pages were only one sentence, so much unnecessary description. Everything was so dramatic, everyone was constantly yelling or exclaiming everything for no reason. To top it off, I was constantly getting nihilism and every other ideology of Dostoevsky's shoved down my throat.

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TSCPL_ChrisB Jun 06, 2016

Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.

Feb 07, 2012

To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.

Mar 19, 2010

In a morbid condition of the brain, dreams often have a singular actuality, vividness and extraordinary semblance of reality. At times, monstrous images are created, but the setting and the whole picture are so truth-like and filled with details so delicate, so unexpected, but so artistically consistent, that the dreamer, were he an artist like Pushkin or Turgenev even, could never have invented them in the waking state. Such sick dreams always remain long the memory and make a powerful impression on the overwrought and deranged nervous system.


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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A man makes a decision to murder an old woman and suffers from terrible guilt.


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