Crime and Punishment
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Fear. Desperation. Anguish. Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is a shockingly intimate tale of a murder and a murderer. Raskolnikov is a man on the brink of madness as he plots and carries out a grisly killing. Although he evades the police, Raskolnikov's dark deed weighs heavily on him. The aftermath of his crime takes the young man on a journey through the range of human emotion and experience. Good and evil, guilt and redemption, agony and joy—this novel is an invitation to explore and question many of the ideas and judgments we take for granted.
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From the background of a difficult childhood and a lifelong compassion for the suffering of those around him, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) came to write novels that delve into the mysteries of the psyche. Throughout his works, which include The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, and Notes From the Underground, whether writing of men or women, rich or poor, benevolent or criminal, Dostoevsky seeks to explore and question the desires, fears, and hopes that characterize the human experience.Back to top
Opening Lines (Experimental)
On an exceptionally hot evening early in July a young man came out of the garret in which he lodged in S. Place and walked slowly, as though in hesitation, towards K. bridge.
He had successfully avoided meeting his landlady on the staircase. His garret was under the roof of a high, five-storied ...
Reviewed by cuiblemorgan on Jul 7, 2011
Psychological and Dramatic
A psychological and dramatic Russian classic which I read as the first of four Dostoyevsky books along with an online blog, Project D. The daily blog posts kept me reading at a steady pace and added critique and commentary as we went along. Although this was not nearly as difficult a read as Proust, which this same group did in 2010, I still found it helpful and more interesting to be part of the group read. Next week we'll begin The Idiot.
Reviewed by jdbard on Apr 1, 2010
Well written and excellent pacing. The problem is there are no relatable characters and the overall story is depressing.
Reviewed by bellguy on May 28, 2009
A good book on the study of conscience
A good book exploring passion and conscience
Reviewed by nod4nee on May 26, 2009
Too long...But very interesting and powerful
Being a light reader, i found this book a little too extravagant for it's purpose.
If i had more time, I'd break this book down on my own. I don't understand all the ideas conveyed, but i did enjoy it's exciting narrations.
Not a bad read if you're a quick reader.
Daunting for the slower readers.
Reviewed by mpulliam4 on Mar 3, 2009
Hard to Understand
I thought this book was very difficult to follow. I read half of the book trying to give it a good try before I abandoned it. The main character and his way of thinking during his illness was annoying. The story would often go off in tangents that were unnecessary. So many people love this book , I feel bad not liking it .
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Ratings for 'Crime and Punishment' by Dostoyevsky, Fyodor