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Preview — Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment
With the same suppleness, energy, and range of voices that won their translation of The Brothers Karamazov the PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Prize, Pevear and Volokhonsky offer a brilliant translation of Dostoevsky's classic novel that presents a clear insight into this astounding psychological thriller. "The best (translation) currently available"--Washington Post Book World...more
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 s ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 the ...more
Up until this point, Tolstoy had basically taught me everything I knew about nineteenth century Russian society and its people. By that, I mean that everything I knew was about the drama and scandals of the Russian aristocracy. The difference here is that Dostoyevsky ...more
Those yet to read this towering inferno of literature may wish to know what’s in the nearly 700 pages, so here is a scientific analysis :
WHAT HAPPENS IN CRIME AND PUNISHMENT
Long conversations between people who could talk the hind legs off a donkey: .....................53%
No, not like you’re thinking - not a shabbily-dressed, impoverished murderer. But we all share his nature. To a T.
That, in essence, is the key to understanding Dostoevsky’s tortuous, convoluted, anxious prose - it’s the one message that Fyodor Dostoevsky takes anguished pains to drum into our insulated and isolated little heads!
Not that, hey, Raskolnikov’s not such a bad guy after all... no - it’s that he is inwardly bad and so are we, potentially at eve ...more
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 argu ...more
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.
Crime and Punishment 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. It is the second of Dostoevsky's full-length novels following his return from 5 years of exile in Siberia.
Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, a former law student, lives in extreme poverty in a tiny, rented room in Sain ...more
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 ...more
“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 w ...more
However, despite this, I can say that parts of the jou ...more
Crime and Punishment is one of my favorite books and tells the story of Raskolnikov, an extremely poor former law student in the slums of St. Petersburg who commits a brutal double murder because he imagines himself to be beyond conventional moral laws. He is hunted by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck, driving him near to insanity.
Book co ...more
That’s an example of a real life question that no one ever asked me. But, if they did, I was ready to respond!
“Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Les Miserables, C ...more
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 ...more
The book is excellent literature of the highest level and can still be read easily and easily. As usual with Dostoyevsky, the characters are shaken by great emotions, nobody stays calm. The account of the murder of the pawnbroker and her sister, as well as the interrogation of the shrewd policeman is among the highlights. The story takes surprising turns again and again. The descriptions Dostoevsky everything is simply incomparable. You are in the middle of history and everywher ...more
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 ...more
The Ultimate psychological thriller!!!
It felt contemporary & timeless.... it was even FUN at times - Have others called this a fun book? I doubt it! Lol
But that’s me. Sue me.
I listened to the Audiobook ( excellent narrator),
during the day- walking/working or soaking....
And read the ebook at night and early mornings in bed... or while spinning on the bike. I was living - breathing - and eating this book - little time to be online.
I p ...more
"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 bein ...more
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)[double (hide 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...more
The first modern murder mystery? The scene between Raskolnikov and Porfery still one of the classic exchanges in all of literature, obviously very influential in this genre from then on.
“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”
“When reason fails, the devil helps!”
In the streets of glorious and troubled St. Petersburg, the shadow of a man is wandering aimlessly. He has committed murder by killing a pawnbroker who was evil incarnate. No one would miss her. There is not a single being on Earth that was benefited by her presence. The Devil himself would fear her. So, her blood money can be put to good use, ...more