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Crime and Punishment

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Kindle Edition, 614 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Public Domain Books (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)
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
Sep 24, 2011 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
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
Lisa
What a sensational reading experience, what an unconditional surrender to an atmosphere of fear, anxiety and confusion - and to an epic battle of wills!

Rarely these days do I read with that kind of hopeless, helpless feeling of being completely, utterly lost in the imaginary world. From the first moment, when Raskolnikov steps out on the street and begins wandering around in Petersburg, to the very last pages, I live with the characters, I am part of the story, I have my own opinions, and argue
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Matt
Dec 28, 2009 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
Jun 17, 2008 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.
Jim Fonseca
What can I add to 7000+ reviews (at the time I write)? I think this book is fascinating because of all the topic it covers. Like the OJ trial, it is about many important interconnected things and those things remain important today, even though this book was originally published in 1865.

Sure, it has a lot about crime and punishment. But also insanity and temporary insanity, the latter a legal plea that could be entered in Russia of the mid-1800's. It's about guilt and conscience, long before Fre
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Michael
Apr 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here's another review as I go! I suppose I just can't let go of Dostoyevsky's squalid, bleak, complicated, and spiritually vexing world, so despite having just finished The Brothers Karamazov, I find myself plunging headlong into Crime and Punishment, a book I last read 20 years ago.

I'm reading the new Oliver Ready translation, and it's wonderful so far.

I can well imagine how shocking this book must have been at the time. It depicts a world where everyone is either taking advantage of someone el
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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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Sherif Metwaly

العظَمة هي أن تكتب رواية بلغت التسعمائة صفحة، وتجعل القارئ يشعر وهو يقرأها كأنه يقرأ رواية صغيرة الحجم تجري صفحاتها بسرعة مذهلة بين يديه، ولا يشعر معها لا بالوقت ولا بالمكان الذي يقرأ فيه. المهارة هي أن تكتب رواية مزدحمة بالشخصيات ذات الأسماء عسيرة النطق، ولا يشعر القارئ للحظة واحدة بالتوهان والتشتت وهو يقرأ. والعبقرية، كل العبقرية، أن تلخص زبدة الرواية وسر عظمتها في آخر عشرين صفحة، ليكونوا أعظم ما فيها. والكاتب، الذي يجمع بين العبقرية والمهارة والعظمة، هو ساحر، ولذلك، دوستويفسكي ببساطة شديدة، أ
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Foad
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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Ahmad Sharabiani
867. Преступление и наказание = Prestupleniye i nakazaniye = Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Crime and Punishment (Russian: Преступлéние и наказáние, tr. Prestupleniye i nakazaniye) is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. Later, it was published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoevsky's full-length novels following his return from 5 years of exile in Sibe
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Agir(آگِر)
داستایوفسکی آنقدر نویسنده مشهوریست که انتقاد کردن از او دل و جرات زیادی می خواهد. بخاطر همین دست "ناباکوف" را گرفتم و کشاندم به این ریویو، تا در این منازعه هراس آور تنها نباشم. البته وقتی پای انتقاد از داستایوفسکی در میان باشد، ناباکوف با لذت تمام برای شما سخنرانی خواهد کرد

ولادیمیر ناباکوف: غیر روس ها دو چیز را دربارهی داستایوفسکی متوجه نیستند، یکی اینکه همهی روس ها به اندازهی آمریکایی ها عاشق داستایوفسکی نیستند، دیگر اینکه آنهایی هم که عاشق اویند به او به عنوان کسی با نیروی سحرآمیز احترام می گذ
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Geoff
Feb 21, 2008 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.
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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Vessey
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, dark, romance, crime

"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. Thank you for being
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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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❄️Nani❄️
I wish some books never had to end.

This will undoubtedly top my top 5 books of 2018. Guaranteed.
Samra Yusuf
If I were not to be a reader, would’ve not known the places I’m never been to, nor the people I’ve never met, it is only when we identify with another soul, we come to know our own, our caged beings are feathered and our little brains expanded as we glide over infinity other worlds so different from ours and yet alike. I’ve been sleeping with a murderer for last fortnight, in long dark hours I’ve been an intent listener and an ardent lover, to be in mind of a murderer is not a very safe port to ...more
Sarah
Mar 03, 2012 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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Matthew
I have few Dostoevsky fans in my friends list so my opinions here might not go over so well. I have been wanting to read this classic for a while and I had high expectations, but they were not met. I liked it okay but I found it to be a bit slow and drawn out. Ultimately not a whole lot happens in the story, but it takes 500 pages to get there. In fact, there are probably as many plot points in the 15 page epilogue as in the rest of the book.

However, despite this, I can say that parts of the jou
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Michael Finocchiaro
I first read this book in high school and it blew my conceptions of literature away every bit as much as Light in August and One Hundred Years of Solitude. The first use of stream of consciousness, the deep analysis of Raskolnikov's conscience, the extraordinary plot movement and violence, the perfect narrative viewpoint...everything about this book is near perfection and at the highest level of literary achievement. For me the two Dostoyevsky books to read if you are to read any are this one an ...more
Nayra.Hassan
راسكلنكوف الذي قتل ليؤكد ذاته
..ليثبت لنفسه انه من تلك الفئة الاستثنائية من البشر ممن لهم كل الحق في تحدي المجتمع و القانون .. راسكلنكوف هو احد ضحايا نيتشه اذن
تبدأ الرواية بشكل حماسي مبالغ فيه بالجريمة فبعد ان اعتصر الفقر الشاب المثقف. .يقرر ان المجتمع لن يخسر شيئا بمقتل المرابية العجوز ..و لكنه بمقتلها سينفذ نفسه و أسرته واحباؤه الذين يخسرهم تباعا لقلة المال. ...و بعد الجريمة يغرقنا ديستوفسكي في العقاب
و كاغلب رواياته نرى: السقوط ثم الخلاص للافلات من اللعنة. ...سيغرقك النقاد في كلام كثير عن الحل
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Jr Bacdayan
Apr 19, 2013 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
Saleh MoonWalker
فوق العاده

قلم افسانه ای داستایوفسکی، توصیف بی نظیر جزئیات، داستان پردازی عالی و شخصیت پردازی مناسب باعث شد این رمان به اثری فوق العاده تبدیل بشه.


داستان تمام مدت هیجان انگیز بود و تا انتها، هیچ افتی نداشت و اصلا حوصله سر بر نمیشد. با اینکه جزئیات از نظر آماری زیاد استفاده شده اند، اما استفاده ازشون در جای مناسب، کاملا تعداد رو توجیه میکنه به طوری که هیچ جزئیاتی اضافه نیست و روی هیچ بخشی بیش از حد لازم تمرکز نشده. شخصیت پردازی و دید روان شناختی ای که نسبت به تک تک شخصیت ها داشت، باعث میشد که خوانن

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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.
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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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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
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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.” 5671 likes
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