Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

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Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky Book Summary

Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. It is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is the first great novel of his "mature" period of writing.
Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless vermin. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by connecting himself mentally with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose.

Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky) Book Reviews

Thoroughly EngrossingReading this monster was an undertaking at first but it quickly sucked me in, and I found it difficult to put down; however, a word to the wise this free version is the Constance Garrett translation, which a quick google search will tell you might not be the most true to the author’s intentions. That being said I voraciously read the entire novel prior to realizing the edition and still had a great time. It’s free, so, you know, whatever..Score: 5/5

Russian LiteratureI read this book. 5 stars.Score: 5/5

BeautifulEverything is exquisitely composed, beautifully laid out. Words cannot describe this masterpiece..Score: 5/5

KDove to the yes key wrote a master piece. Berry cool.Score: 5/5

FascinatingA very interesting study of human nature and how guilt affects one’s personality even if one gets away with a crime. Also, the mental process of justifying one’s right to commit a crime and the ensuing mental anguish. Even though love and honesty are shown to triumph over evil, the book is still rather sad and dark..Score: 4/5

Best book I’ve readA comfortably complex plot, philosophical issues still relevant almost 200 years later, and a writing style that makes you feel the psychological anguish of every character. Good stuff..Score: 5/5

Great Start....Great start to this book, however it’s for naught when it falls apart on the third act with its predictable religious propaganda of an era without science or technology or practical thinking. It is still worth the read, despite the fact that half of the entirety of the book is basically the author repeatedly stating the full names (FULL NAMES) of every character about a thousand times each, which is needless to say so absolutely unnecessary. Times were certainly different..Score: 4/5

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Crime and PunishmentOh what a masterpiece. This book was so well written, and evoked so many emotions in me that it is beyond words. The descriptions used to describe the terrible feelings coursing through Raskolnikov after he committed a double murder, the harshness of Russian life, in general, and the perception other characters had of the protagonist are unequivocally some of the best I have ever read. This novel is epic, and should be on everyone's reading list!.Score: 5/5

One of the best!Kept me going, finished this book in 3 days. Great work by Fyodor..Score: 5/5

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The best book I’ve ever readI now know what it’s like to read a book which you really can’t put down…..Score: 5/5

Got to readRaw in places but loved it, I enjoy this author greatly.Score: 5/5

5/5Best book ever.Score: 5/5

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