While not a light read by any means, for a long novel it goes quickly. This upholds my fondness for Russian literature. We never had time to read this in class, which is an utter shame. I also did not know much about the plot before going in. While a crime is committed, that of Raskolnikov murdering the pawnbroker and her sister, the real crime is his arrogance and feeling he is above the law. Despite this, before the denouement, his punishment already begins, as the guilt over his actions begins to drive him mad. Dostoevsky combines SO MUCH in this novel. I can't say enough how fascinating it all is.