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Crime and Punishment

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Set in Russia in the midst of its troubled transition to the modern age, this classic novel is the profound human drama of Raskolnikov, a sensitive intellectual driven by poverty and the belief of his exemption from moral law. Through his unforgettable gallery of characters, Dostoyevsky provides a provocative look at the human motivations of obsession and possession with u ...more
Published 1983 by Crown Pub (first published January 1866)
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Mar'yana Hello, I wouldn't say so, actually I think it's one of Dostoevsky's "lightest" novels and a good starting point for exploring this writer's works and…moreHello, I wouldn't say so, actually I think it's one of Dostoevsky's "lightest" novels and a good starting point for exploring this writer's works and Russian literature in general. If you like psychological novels, you would certainly enjoy this one! At least it's worth a try(less)
Robert Sheppard Raskolnikov or Rodia is an incredibly complex character. He faces inner turmoil that manifests itself into the world and people around him. I won't go…moreRaskolnikov or Rodia is an incredibly complex character. He faces inner turmoil that manifests itself into the world and people around him. I won't go in depth about the philosophy of his thinking because many people have already answered that. My advice is to read slow and concentrate. Don't give up. If you find yourself getting too lost try re-reading or just continue on. Many times when I found myself confused in this novel, Dostoevsky would write something that cleared it all up further in the book. Sonya is the love interest of Raskolnikov. I won't spoil the book, but she becomes an essential character in resolving Rodia's inner conflict. Dunya is engaged to Pyotr Petrovich Luzhin. Luzhin is a man who thrives off the misfortune of others. However, instead of relishing in the suffering, he gets off on helping those in need, so they see him as a savior and feel as if they owe him their lives. Luzhin plans to take advantage of this fact when he realizes the situation Dunya is in with her family. Rodia, an intelligent man, can see this from the very beginning and hopes to falter the marriage as best he can. It also doesn't help that it is obvious she is marrying him simply for the benefit of her mother and brother. I hope this helps!(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 it was amazing  ·  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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Emily May
May 17, 2015 Emily May rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, 2012, favourites
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
Matt
Apr 26, 2016 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic-novels
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
Jul 26, 2010 JSou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Mahdi
با اینکه این کتاب رو خیلی وقت پیش خوندم، هنوز که هنوزه، به نظرم شاهکار تمام اعصاره و هیچ کتابی روی دستش نیست. و جالب اینه که این کتاب، اول پاورقی روزنامه بوده و بعداً مستقلاً چاپ شده. حالا مقایسه کنید بین پاورقی های روسی و پاورقی های وطنی!

داستايوسكى و نيچه
من تا مدت های مدید، فکر می کردم و کاملاً از این بابت مطمئن بودم که داستایوسکی، نظریات راسکلنیکف رو از حرف های نیچه اقتباس کرده. حدس می زدم که اون دوره حرف های نیچه باب طبع جوان های تحصیل کرده بوده و راسکلنیکف نماینده ی این قشر. این که گروهی از
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Lizzy
“Crime? What crime? ... My killing a loathsome, harmful louse, a filthy old moneylender woman who brought no good to anyone, to murder whom would pardon forty sins, who sucked the lifeblood of the poor, and you call that a crime ?”
Just a few scattered toughts, for I do not know how to begin. After revisiting Crime and Punishment I am utterly troubled. What to do? What to say? In my opinion, to write a review of one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's great masterpieces is a troublesome undertaking. To wri
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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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Geoff
Feb 21, 2008 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I basically had to stop drinking for a month in order to read it; my friends no longer call. But it's great.
Shivam Chaturvedi
Jul 25, 2016 Shivam Chaturvedi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
"I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing."

- Agatha Christie

Crime and Punishment proved to be one of those rare breed of books that well and truly break through the outer facade and leave behind a permanent impression, even if its a dark and hideous one.

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky died a 110 years ago before I was born, and yet all through the while
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Sarah
Oct 11, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loves-of-my-life
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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Fionnuala
Time and timing were key elements in my reading of Crime and Punishment because real life became particularly busy just after I began the book making reading time particularly scarce, and since it is a novel that demands full attention, the timing couldn't have been more unfortunate, especially as I began to realise quite early on that ideally I would like to have been able to read it at the pace of the story, i.e., in the same amount of days as the narrative covers, which is not very many accor ...more
Mizo ۞
قبل أن أبدأ بالريفيو , أريد ان انوّه ان هذا الكتاب هو كتابي رقم 100 ! (في هذا الموقع طبعا)
والحمدلله على هذا , عسى ان نصل الى اضعاف اضعاف هذا الرقم :D

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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
ضواحي بطرسبرغ , ليست كباقي ضواحي العالم ..
ضواحي بطرسبرغ : هي ضواحي النفس البشرية وتناقضاتها التي ما فتئت تنتهي ...
هذه الضواحي فيها ضحايا مستودع أخيلة دوستويفسكي وتشيخوف ورفاقهم ...
باختصار : بطرسبرغ = يوتوبيا الأدب الروسي !
حسناً , بما أنّي ذكرت تشيخوف , أذكر أنني قرأت له قو
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Afshar
Dec 21, 2015 Afshar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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؟

:در مورد کتاب

از آن 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
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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.
Vessey

"Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a broad consciousness and a deep heart. Truly great men, I think, must feel great sorrow in this world."


In this review I focus on the theme of pain as a path toward personal growth and discovering one’s true identity. I dedicate it to my friend Jeffrey. At first we would just read each others’ reviews. It was a common painful experience that bought us together and let me get to know the fabulous person behind the written words.


SPOILERS


"If I am gui
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Annie
Nov 21, 2015 Annie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

‘Man grows used to everything, the scoundrel!’
‘What if man is not really a scoundrel-man in general, I mean, the whole race of mankind – then all the rest is prejudice, simply artificial terrors and there are no barriers and it’s all as it should be.’


Crime and punishment is an elegant treatise on the tragedy of crossing the civil line that lands Rashkolnikov in a delirium borne of guilt and realisation of his own folly at grandeur. A former student, who is taken with the idea of committing a c

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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
Jr Bacdayan
Apr 28, 2013 Jr Bacdayan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Helen Stavraki
Jun 27, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best
ΕΥΛΟΓΙΑ και ΚΑΤΑΡΑ αυτό το αριστούργημα...
Δεν περιγράφω άλλο...

ΔΙΑΒΑΣΤΕ ΤΟ!
Agnieszka
Apr 01, 2014 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, reviewed

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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erock
Mar 02, 2007 erock rated it it was amazing  ·  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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Parthiban Sekar
Best ever book I've read.......So far!!!

This is not one of those books which provide answers for the questions thrown at you, but instigates questions in yourself and let you run looking for answers. Few which are still in my head, are as follows:

Will it make a difference if the bloodshed is for greater good or higher purposes?

Will we still admit our crime out of heartfelt repentance or at least feel guilty, when there is no evidence to prove us as guilty and when the most ignoble criminals and
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Cecily
Dickensian, and a clear influence on Kafka's Trial and Castle (Dostoyevski was an author he liked, according to Brod).

Grinding poverty and deprivation; alcoholism; criminality; prostitution; love; moral, social and political dilemmas; tests of friendship and family ties; the power of guilt - all the big themes, though not much about religion.

Twists in the plot, especially towards the end, echo Raskolnikov's own confusion about whether or not he's mad/paranoid, the implications of what he's don
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Owlseyes
May 12, 2016 Owlseyes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian-lit

This story will surely plunge you into cogitations, which surely will involve these questions:
What is a crime? When does it start,…the criminal impulse? Who’s to judge about it and its corresponding/just penalties?

Nietzsche praised Dostoyevsky for his Psychology.

I, too.




I’m basing my review on the movie by Joseph Sternberg,with the same title, in 1935. Though not much of a cinematic feat (director would have agreed), the book’s story is there, so finely translated into moving pictures.



The s
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Norah Una Sumner
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Avdotya is the boss,let's be real. If I managed to read chapters including...hehehe...Porfiry Petrovitch...hehe...then I think I can....hehehehe....manage to read anything. *sigh*
The emphasis is certainly not on the crime and theft, even I, at various times forgot what he actually stole, but the psychological condition of Raskolnikov and presentation of his actions after the crime. I really liked this book - I liked the characters, the story, those little plot twists and connections between char
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Farnoosh Farahbakht
در "جنایت و مکافات" با هزارتوهای ذهن یک قاتل همراه می شوید اما به هیچ وجه با قاتلی با انگیزه های پیش پا افتاده رو به رو نخواهید بود. "راسکلنیکف" یکی از پیچیده ترین شخصیت هایی است که تا به حال با آن رو به رو شدم. جوانی تحصیل کرده و باهوش که در عوض استفاده از موقعیت خود برای کسب درآمد و موفقیت، تحصیلات خود را در رشته ی حقوق معوق گذاشته، در فقر و فلاکت در لانه موشی زندگی کرده و از همه ی دنیا روی گردان شده است. او مقاله ای به چاپ می رساند و در آن نظریه ای را مبنی بر دسته بندی انسانها مطرح می سازد.یک ...more
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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.

Dostoyevsky 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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