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4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  335,472 ratings  ·  9,482 reviews
A troubled young man commits the perfect crime – the murder of a vile pawnbroker whom no one will miss. Raskolnikov is desperate for money, but convinces himself that his motive for the murder is to benefit mankind. So begins one of the greatest novels ever written, a journey into the criminal mind, a police thriller, and a philosophical meditation on morality and redempti ...more
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published May 25th 1993 by Everyman's Library (first published 1866)
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Brian The book itself is very easy to read. There are a couple places where Dostoevsky rambles on, but not too bad. The one problem I had and have heard…moreThe book itself is very easy to read. There are a couple places where Dostoevsky rambles on, but not too bad. The one problem I had and have heard other people talk about as well was trying to keep the Russian names straight in my mind. The names are long and some of them are similar. Dostoevsky will use a full name one time and a nickname/shortened version of a name another time. It's not impossible to keep up, but it does require paying attention a little more than reading a novel with English names.(less)
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Bonnie
There was a time in my life when I couldn’t get enough of reading Dostoevsky. Maybe because his books made me think so deeply about being human and how we choose to live our lives. I began with Crime and Punishment, probably the work he is best known for.

What I remember is being fascinated by Dostoevsky’s brilliant understanding of human nature. I remember thinking what a deep study this book was; an incredible examination of a man who commits murder and how he is “punished” for it.

I remember
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Stephen
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6.0 Stars. One of my All Time Favorite novels. In addition to being one of the first works of Classic Literature that I suggest when asked for recommendations from others, this story holds a special place in my heart as it was the story, along with Moby Dick, that began my love of the “classics” for which I will always be grateful. So often we are forced to read the great works of literature for school or at times not of our choosing and I think it tends to lead to a lifelong aversion to them..
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s.penkevich
Jun 05, 2013 s.penkevich rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: favorites, russia, crime
To go wrong in one's own way is better then to go right in someone else's.

I have been giving a lot of thought to this novel lately. Despite the three years that have gone by since reading Crime and Punishment—three years in which I’ve read some outstanding literature, joined Goodreads and written just over 100 reviews of the books I’ve journeyed through—Dostoevsky’s novel still resides on it’s throne as my personal favorite novel. No other web of words, brushstrokes or music melody has ever st
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Matt
The problem with being a high school student with average intelligence is that you can get fairly good grades with fairly minimal effort. It is an invitation to cut corners and utilize only one half your ass. This happened to me in English class. I'd sit back, take good notes, and bluff my way through various tests (this was back in the day before Google, when my family only had an AOL dial-up connection and all the answers, right and wrong, were on the internet). For these sins, I am now fated ...more
JSou
Oh, Fyodor.

Who else could keep me up and awake night after night, even though I promise myself every morning to go to bed at a decent hour?

Who else can create such authentic human emotions that I feel I'm experiencing all of them myself?

Who else would make me subject my kids to dinners of grilled cheese sandwiches, scrambled eggs, or frozen waffles just to spend more time with you?

There is no one else. Only you.
Emily May
I've come to the conclusion that Russian door-stoppers might just be where it's at. "It" here meaning general awesomeness that combines the elements of history, philosophy and high readability to make books that are both thought-provoking and enjoyable. Granted, I have only read three of the Russian big-uns: War and Peace, Anna Karenina, and now Crime and Punishment, but I intend to rectify this shortly with The Brothers Karamazov and The Idiot. Now, I don't want to go blazing with too much exci ...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
My star rating is purely subjective and means only what GR says it means: I didn't like it. It didn't mean anything to me, sadly, and I didn't even find it to be an interesting story. I'm not saying it's a terrible book; in fact, I'd be very interested to hear what others think (reviews are a bit light for this book here I see).

First, I have a confession to make: I got two thirds of the way through and skimmed the rest. Well, worse than that: I flipped through and got the gist, but such is the
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Barry Pierce
Ah such beautiful pessimism. I find solace in the Russians, they make death seem like a mild disturbance in the beauty of life. Also their difficult is mere codswallop, the only difficult thing about Russian lit is the names. That's it.

Crime and Punishment is the story of a crime and its eventual punishment. That's it. End of review. Or not. It's really the story of a crime, followed by more crime, with a sprinkling of just a bit more crime, and then finished off with a tad of punishment. The m
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Sarah
Oh, Rasky!!!!!!!! You idiot.


Spoilers ahead:

--Damn! I felt Raskolnikov's anxiety. I resented his mother when he did and I loved her when he did. I felt sick at the thought of Luzhin or Svidrigailov getting their hooks in dear Dunya (shout out to Dunya!) I wanted Porfiry to just accuse him, already! I guess I'm saying that Dostoevsky managed to make a very real character that I believed enough to mentally and physically align myself with while reading. This is what ultimately kept me turning the
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Michael
While I often find it hard to review a classic novel because we already know it’s stood the test of time, it is even harder to review one that has been translated into English as well. Some of the beauty in the writing could have been lost in the translation and because there is so many different translations out there, how do you choose which one to read. This version of Crime and Punishment was translated by David McDuff and I must admit I didn’t really notice anything wrong with the translati ...more
Geoff
I basically had to stop drinking for a month in order to read it; my friends no longer call. But it's great.
Ghadasedik
كعادتي لم أستطع أن أصبر حتي أنهيها و أكتم ما في صدري.
دستويفسكي عبقري , فذ في ولوج المناطق الوعرة للنفس الإنسانية و إبرازها بسهولة.
شخصيات رواياته مبالغ فيها, يتعمد أن يضفي عليها مسحة ساخرة ب"لخبطتها" , سواء في ملامحها أو أسلوبها.
إنها تلك السخرية المرَة من المعاناة و البؤس الشديد الذي نراه من حولنا مقابل فئة قليلة تنعم برفاهية باذخة لا منطقية.
إنها السخرية الناتجة عن عدم القدرة علي فهم الحكمة من وجود هذا البؤس , و العجز عن تغييره.

لكن بجمعه متناقضات في الشخصية, تصير الشخصية صادقة و قريبة إلي القار
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Jr Bacdayan
I do not know how to begin, I am utterly troubled. What to do? What to say? In my opinion, to write a review of Dostoyevsky's great masterpiece is a very hard undertaking. To write a decent one, even harder. A week ago, if you asked me what my favorite novel was, I'd greatly struggle with it. I might consider Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Nabokov's Lolita, or probably even Heller's Catch 22. I might give varying answers. It would probably depend on my mood, or the current focu ...more
Florencia
For the love of Zeus, I have finished! I think we will be living on the moon with robots as our cooks by the time I write a review for this masterpiece, but I just want to let the world (or, at least, 118 friends and 79 followers; okay, the one that's reading this) know that I have finished it. I did it. I can rest in peace. Not now, anyway. I'm somewhat young and have many things to do. But, you know.
erock
Mar 02, 2007 erock rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those teetering on the edge
I believe Cypress Hill said it best when they said "Here is one thing you can't understand...how I could just kill a man."
So true, so true.
That is, until reading this book.
I'm not a communist, nor do I think very highly of Russia, what with their tundras, meltdowns, and backwards R's. Not to mention their furry hats. I get it, it's cold, but really, you just look goofy in that hat. Did you ever see that episode of Cops-In Moscow? Exactly.

I also think people who think that Dostoevsky is the gr
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Agnieszka

It was turn of May and June and I was supposed to be preparing to my exams . And was a bit bored. Maths, history , geography . Like I said , tedium. And then decided , for a change , to read something else . And so Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky entered into my reading life.

If you’re expecting insightful analysis , thought provoking appraisal of Crime and Punishment , you may as well stop reading now. What could I say what hadn’t been said already ? What would you want to know ?

Would you want
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Laura Leaney
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Riku Sayuj

Single Quote Review:

Am I a good person? Deep down, do I even really want to be a good person, or do I only want to seem like a good person so that people (including myself) will approve of me? Is there a difference? How do I ever actually know whether I’m bullshitting myself, morally speaking?

~ DFW, imitating FMD
Vanja Antonijevic
Dec 28, 2007 Vanja Antonijevic rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those that love psychologically driven books, with a deeper underlying philosophy
Dostoevsky’s "Crime and Punishment" and "Notes from Underground" are his most popular and famous works. And deservedly so. Dostoevsky’s "Brothers Karamazov", on the other hand, is his most critically acclaimed work- regarded by many as the best novel ever written. And deservedly so.

While "Brothers Karamazov" is Dostoevsky’s longest, but also best, most subtle, and complex work, Crime and Punishment and "Notes from Underground" are shorter, easier to read, and more entertaining. This is not to p
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tim
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Chrissie
I have already read this, and I DO love Dostoyevsky's writing so I figured I would try this as an audiobook, since it was free at Downpour. Will I give it four stars as I did before?

NO, this time it gets five!!!

Where to start? With the easy stuff. The narration by by Anthony Heald was superb. Some characters cough, some characters have a special evil laugh. Attention was taken to deliver a stupendous performance. I felt I was at a theater. This is a case where the narration is the icing on a de
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Huda Aweys
Deep novels carry a lot of conflicts .. I liked it !
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ركزت الرواية على العقاب النفسي و الإجتماعي
الرادع الذي يلحق بـ(المجرم) جنبا الى جنب مع العقاب المادي
كما يعتقد ديستوفسكي
! ،
و لكن في خضم عرضه المتعاطف ذاك ، غاب عنه التعرض الموضوعي لتلك النفوس التي طبعت على الإجرام
و التي لا يعنيها من قريب او بعيد تلك النماذج التي ذكرها ها هنا في روايته تلك
Jonathan

Crime and Punishment is one of those quintessential classics that every reader of literature knows they must read at some point in their life. There is a clear reason for this, for Crime and Punishment is one of the greatest novels of its type in existence that I have encountered.

There are certain types of authors who seem to understand various issues better than others. Charles Dickens for instance, is the example of an author who understands the pressures of life and the ways in which society
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Afshar
از معدود کتاب هایی که بعد از پایان بردنش،احساس خاصی نداشتم
راستش نمیتوانم کتاب را بد یا خوب بنامم
اگر بد بود چگونه توانستم کتاب را تا آخر بخوانم
من که تجربه پرت کردن کتاب یک عاشقانه آرام نادر ابراهیمی پس از خواندن ده صفحه را داشتم
؛)
و اگر خوب بود چرا از لذت خواندنش مست نمیشدم؟
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از آن دسته کتاب هایی نبود که بعد خواندنش، بگم که درونم مملو از دانستن و بار سنگینی بر دانسته های قبلی ام افزوده شد اما چیزی فوق العاده از استاد داستایوفسکی یاد گرفتم
سعی در دیدن چیزها، ورای ظاهر عادی شان

کتاب سبکی کاملا متف
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Shayantani Das
In the novel Namesake, Ashok’s grandfather tells him to always ‘trust the Russians’. Damn good advice he gives him there. Every piece of Russian literature I have read till now is adequate proof, and this novel just reaffirms this belief. What irks me though is that, it took me so long to discover Dostoyevsky. Anyway, now that I did discover him, I plan on reading every thing he has ever written. (Same pinch Tarun, he he)

The novel depicts the journey of Raskolnikov, the main protagonist. After l
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Ahmed
نادرا ما تجد عمل عالمى بقدر هذا العمل
روايه تصلح لكل مجتمع ولكل ثقافة ولكل زمان
روايه تصف الانسان ايا كانت جنسيته او معتقده
روايه تضعك فى مواقف إنسانيه مختلفه وتخبرك بما ستعانيه
عندما تقرأ هذا العمل ستشعر بالدهشه البالغه من دستويفسكى وقدرته الغريبه على تقمص نماذج انسانيه مختلفه ووصفها بهذه الدقه البالغه
Jason Koivu
Someday I hope to have the ability to express how I feel about this book...
Mike
I have read Crime and Punishment twice now. It has many messages and symbols that I think I recognized this second time around. The main character distances himself from others thinking himself to be a superman of sorts, and thinking himself such kills a pawnbroker who he terms a "louse" and who cheats the poor out of their money. He is alienated even more from society and his family by his guilt and self-loathing. He is a walking contradiction, doing good and evil, craving company and shunning ...more
Danny
A lot of people don't seem like Russian Literature. I guess it probably takes some getting used to. 19th Century Russian writers don't seem to write the novels that we're used to reading. They're often quite long, and sometimes difficult to keep reading; but like many novels that have endured the passing decades, I've found this one to reward the effort.

In Crime and Punishment Dostoevsky stabs you at the beginning, sticks his finger in the wound and twists it slowly for the rest of the novel. I
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Carol
I am spending waaaaay too much time thinking about this darn book!

FOR ME, this was a bizarre, very dark, sometimes tedious and even disturbing book.

It begins as RAS plans and ultimately commits a grotesque (view spoiler) murder (with a borrowed ax) of a wicked old lady pawnbroker. As the story evolves, we get to see RAS' many faces, illnesses, his extreme poverty and experience his emotional roller coaster of feelings as he slowly passes through each stage resulting from h

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Fyodor Mikhaylovich Dostoyevsky (Russian: Фёдор Михайлович Достоевский), sometimes transliterated Dostoevsky, was a Russian novelist, journalist, and short-story writer whose psychological penetration into the human soul had a profound influence on the 20th century novel.

Dostoevsky was the second son of a former army doctor. He was educated at home and at a private school. Shortly after the death
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