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Through the story of the brilliant but conflicted young Raskolnikov and the murder he commits, Fyodor Dostoevsky explores the theme of redemption through suffering. Crime and Punishment put Dostoevsky at the forefront of Russian writers when it appeared in 1866 and is now one of the most famous and influential novels in world literature.

The poverty-stricken Raskolnikov, a
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Paperback, Penguin Classics, 545 pages
Published December 31st 2002 by Penguin (first published 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)
Victor Chizi There is more to Crime an Punishment than just the mystery of the murder of the old pawnbroker or the psychological trauma in the life of Raskolnikov.…moreThere is more to Crime an Punishment than just the mystery of the murder of the old pawnbroker or the psychological trauma in the life of Raskolnikov.
It is a novel which raises profound question in the mind of a reader with regards to how Raskolnikov sees and understands crime.
His constant refusal to see himself as others see him -"a murderer" instead as a liberator of the poor and cowards from the shackles of the old pawnbroker raises question as to what is crime.
Please do see my brief review. (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
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
Jan 03, 2016 Mahdi rated it it was amazing
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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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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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
May 29, 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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Mizo ۞ [منذر]
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
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

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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
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
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.
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
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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
Vessey
Jun 02, 2016 Vessey rated it it was amazing

"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 friends Jeffrey and Sabah. At first we would just read each others’ reviews. It was a common painful experience that brought us together and let me get to know the fabulous people behind the written words. Thank yo
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Agnieszka
Apr 01, 2014 Agnieszka rated it it was amazing
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
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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Owlseyes
May 12, 2016 Owlseyes rated it really liked it
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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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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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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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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Junta
Jan 18, 2016 Junta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Junta by: Haruki Murakami
I was talking to a Russian friend the other day, and was shocked to hear her say the following words:
Raskolnikov's house and the house where was written "Crime and punishment" is close to my work. :)
Yes, Dostoyevsky based the story on the St. Petersburg he knew - how could I not have researched it? I haven't been to Russia, but I'd like to visit these places if I get the chance. Is this common knowledge, fellow Dostoyevsky fans?

A couple of relevant links:
St. Petersburg in the footsteps of Raskol
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Maica
May 12, 2016 Maica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikoff was a personally alienated but intelligent student who broke the bounds of law. In his desperate attempt to prove his theory, he carried out the plan of killing an old woman usurer.

His theory is that great people become famous as results of their crimes. He believed that he identified himself as one of those great people which gave him the right to commit a crime. In this case, people of renowned achievement and leadership introduce new laws, new concepts and inn
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Laura Leaney
Jun 14, 2015 Laura Leaney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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“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.” 4587 likes
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