This is a true psychological tale of a man who has committed a crime and the varied ways in which he is "punished." Raskolnikov is the main character. Many times when reading this story I wonder whether he was crazy, really intelligent, or just plain egomaniacal. The story delves far into his mind leading up to, during, and after his dreaded crime. The setting is mid to late 1800s in Petersburg, Russia. I think some of the wording is odd, but this may be because of the age of the story or the translation. A very enjoyable book if you like classic literature and psychological mysteries.
This is easily one of my top three favorite literature novels. Obviously, I recommend that you try it - but be forewarned, it is very difficult to read. All Russian novels are, mainly because the language is so different from English - but mostly because of the character names. In Russian, one can have up to 3,4, or even 5 variations on a name which makes it difficult to keep track of characters (plus, a lot of names look very similar which is tricky as well). However, conquering this only gives you sense of satisfaction upon completion. The most pivotal moments of the novel, when the main character heads off to the old woman's apartment and the scenes that follow, are maybe the best words I have ever read. I was at the edge of my seat with eyes wide with a mixture of shock and horror. READ IT!!
It's been years since I read (and loved) this classic!
An impoverished student in St.Petersburg plans the perfect murder. The novel becomes a psychological study, a murder mystery, and a philosophical/ social commentary - along with a great story!
One of the all time greats. Read this one in high school.
This is one of my favorite books. The language and wording is a little difficult because it was translated from Russian and the Russian way of thinking is different than ours. They have their own thought patterns just as we do. It is still a very good book despite the lingering language barrier. One of the best books to read if you want to start a study of the human mind.
From the back cover: CRIME AND PUNISHMENT takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil...a man who cannot excape his own conscience.
Regarded as some as the greatest novel ever written. Meet one of the great figures in world literature--Raskolnikov--who tries to plan the perfect crime.
Crime and Punishment
I actually gave serious thought to stopping right there, making this a one-word review, but then I got to thinking it might be possible that one or two people who read this review might not have read this classic already...although that seems unlikely. Despite the fact Tolstoy's Anna Karenina is often touted as 'the best novel ever written' more people have missed reading that than have bypassed Crime and Punishment. I for one am not surprised given that word with which I began. Perhaps it's the fact Dostoevsky focuses his attention not on Tolstoy's aristocracy or even Turgenev's landed gentry, but on the meanest, most downtrodden souls to be found in the poorest, grubbiest quarters of St. Petersburg...the very people he must have rubbed elbows with during his days as a revolutionary and a prisoner in exile. Perhaps it's his skill at revealing the minds of his characters in ways that strike familiar chords in the reader. I'll let the experts deal with the whys and the wherefores and just comment here that this is not simply a tale about one disturbed individual who commits murder and then suffers the pangs of conscience for so doing even as he and nearly everyone else, including the police, work hard at justifying his actions. Raskolnikov's tale is the centerpiece of the novel but Dostoevsky skillfully places those acts in a context which includes not only his beloved mother and sister, but also helpful and well-meaning though sometimes maddening and even destructive friends, a variety of antagonists, and even a few 'extras' that nicely round out the cast of pitiable and pathetic characters which are equally fascinating...and I for one find myself drawn into the whole of it each and every time I read this book.
Don Le Couteur
18 March 2012
I will echo other reviews:
-The language barrier is the first aspect of Crime and Punishment that will slap you in the face. Names of characters are hard to follow because they are unusual to the American ear and each person goes by 2 or 3 names. The language differences also create some odd pacing and wordings.
-The other difficulty is time and setting. Basically you are going to have to do some homework to understand this story to the fullest.
At the end of the day you have a story that takes you into the mind of a killer and explores his paranoid gripped world. The paranoia of our killer's thoughts are well done and well written, this is an interesting facet of the book. The action in the story is limited, so you really need to enjoy the depths of the killer's paranoid thought circles.
His journey is the platform to explore salvation, wrong and right, and the value of human life. So you have a well written book that raises some valuable questions about life, but it is not easily accessible. I will compare it to crab legs, the meat is tasty but how long are you willing to work to crack open the shell.
Ok, I get it... it's a classic... *yawn* It's also tedious and boring.
Excellent book, good condition.