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17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Incredible Book!!!

This summer I wanted to read a book that was a "smart people book." So I thought I would read Crime and Punishment, since I love crime stories so much. I really did not expect myself to love this book so much. It was so intense and thrilling. I read the last 130 pages i...
This summer I wanted to read a book that was a "smart people book." So I thought I would read Crime and Punishment, since I love crime stories so much. I really did not expect myself to love this book so much. It was so intense and thrilling. I read the last 130 pages in one sitting it got so intense. During the last pages, all of the subplots finally climaxed and I realized they were more than just subplots. The ending was great, I nearly cried when the book was over. This is one of the few books that when I finished, I wanted to start reading it all over again. I would recommend this book to anyone, it is not such a hard read at all.

posted by JessicaNicole0128 on August 2, 2009

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3 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

Quite Disappointing

Of course I didn't want to read the book from the start, but as I am in an Advanced course at school I must. I did not enjoy reading Crime and Punishment. It has some improper grammar in it (ie: 'Raskolnikov waked up') Which can cause people to twitch, such as myself. ...
Of course I didn't want to read the book from the start, but as I am in an Advanced course at school I must. I did not enjoy reading Crime and Punishment. It has some improper grammar in it (ie: 'Raskolnikov waked up') Which can cause people to twitch, such as myself. If you're into long books that are hard to follow this is PERFECT for you!

posted by Anonymous on September 1, 2008

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  • Posted April 6, 2010

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    Psychological Look At the Criminal Mind

    If you require a novel that is plot driven this novel is not for you. However, if you enjoy a novel with complex characters that delve into what motivates those characters this is the book for you.<br/><br/>Often our view of a murderer is one of absolutes. He/she is 1) purely evil, 2) pushed to commit the act, 3) temporarily insane, 4) driven to do it for survival, 5) or comes from a background that does not allow him/her to discern right from wrong. Dostoyevsky doesn't allow us off that easy. Raskolnikov does not fit tightly into any of those categories. He is well loved by family and friend, and although he commits a grusome, cold-blooded, and well thought out murder in the opening of the book, Raskolnikov makes sacrifices for those who are in need. The recipients of his good deeds are often those with whom he has little history.

    So why does Raskolnikov commit the murder? Dostoyevsky never provides concrete evidence to that end only suggestions.As stated above there is not a lot happening in the plot. Crime and Punishment is more about the mind of a complex individual. There are some wonderful subplots as well. The storyline of Sonya and Dounia add a lot to the reader's experience. Dostoyevsky has a talent for vividly enacting a scene. One of my favorite scenes is when Raskolnikov "confesses" to Zametov. I can just see it on the big screen.

    People are often intidmiated by Russian Lit. There is no need to be. This is an excellent read. I can see where the references to characters could throw some. Characters are often referred to by various names. My suggestion is to pay attention to the uniqueness of each character. You will begin to identify each by his or her characteristics.

    When you read reviews or commentaries on this book most attention is paid to Raskolnikov. However, I really loved Razumihin. Dostoyevsky also creates a delicious villain in Petrovitch.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

    Crime and Punishment

    I have just finished reading Crime and Punishment by Fort Dostoevsky. It is my first Dostoevsky book, and I have really enjoyed it. He writes Very strong dialogue, characterization, and relating it to other social ideas and conflicts throughout history. <BR/> Crime and Punishment is pretty much about a man, Raskolnikov, who commits a crime at the beginning of the story. He begins to feel extremely depressed and you, as the reader, follow him through his mental delirium as he realizes how he has changed his like and the life of others around him. <BR/> Early in the book you learn that Raskolnikov models himself after Napoleon and his crimes against humanity. He believes that ¿the only thing that matters is to dare.¿<BR/> A lot of times when reading dialogue, some characters may sound unreal, as if the character would not actually say something as it was written. But Dostoevsky¿s characters sound real, which makes the characters and the overall book better and more enjoyable. <BR/> I would recommend Crime and Punishment to anyone who enjoys an emotional novel and has patience with a bit of a slower-moving plot. Overall, I believe this was a great book with many interesting meanings.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2008

    A Wonderful Book

    ¿Crime And Punishment¿ is written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky and published by New American Library in New York 1968. I thought this book was interesting and a true mind twister. It makes the readers search deep into themselves as the obviously mad man goes wild with confusion. Raskolnikov, a poor student, thinks he is wonderful and makes a theory where the extraordinary men of the world have a right to commit any crime if they have something to offer humanity. To prove his theory, he murders an old, despicable pawnbroker and her half-sister. Immediately after the crime, he becomes sick and stays in his room for a while. When he recovers, he finds that his friend Razumihkin, looked for him. While he is recovering, he gets a visit from his sister¿s fiancé Luzhin. Raskolnikov insults Luzhin and sends him away because he doesn¿t like his attitude toward Dunya. As soon as he can go out again, Raskolnikov reads about the crime in all the newspapers of the last few days. He meets an official from the police station and almost confesses the crime. He becomes suspicious. When he returns to his room, he finds his mother and sister who have just arrived to prepare for the wedding with Luzhin. He refuses to allow his sister to marry such a mean and nasty man. At the same time, Svidrigailov, Dunya¿s former employer, arrives in town and looks up Raskolnikov and asks for a meeting with Dunya. Svidrigailov had attempted to seduce Dunya and when Raskolnikov heard of it, he naturally formed a violent dislike for the man. Raskolnikov hears that the police inspector, Porfiry, is interviewing all people who had ever had any business with the old pawnbroker. He goes for an interview and leaves thinking that the police suspect him. He meets Sonya Marmeladov, the daughter of a dead man that he had helped. He goes to her and asks her to read him the story of Lazarus. He feels sympathy for Sonya who had been forced into prostitution in order to support her family while her father drank constantly. He promises to tell her who murdered the old pawnbroker and her sister who was a friend of Sonya¿s. After another interview with Porfiry Raskolnikov decides to confess to Sonya. He gies back to her and during the confession, Svidrigailov is listening through a door. He uses this information to try to force Dunya to sleep with him. She refuses and he kills himself later in the night. Porfiry informs Raskolnikov that he knows who murdered the pawnbroker. After talking with Sonya, Raskolnikov fully confesses to the murder and is sentenced to eight years in a Siberian prison. Sonya follows him, and with her help, Raskolnikov begins his new life. This is an interesting and intriguing book ranking with the classics of Shakespeare and some of the greats.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2007

    Fantastic Story

    What a fantastic story this is. Sometimes we read classics and get too caught up in symbolism and meaning. Crime and Punishment is just a great story. While vivid descriptions make reading the book like watching a movie, the story carries you through the multitude of pages quite easily. The game of cat and mouse between Raskolinov and Porfiry is intriguing and the inner struggle of yound Rodia, puts you in to his shoes as he walks a thin line between theory and delerium. Read this book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2006

    Complex but a good read.

    I really enjoyed this book, though there were times when I would find my mind wandering. Soon afterwards an intense part would grab my attention, so things balanced out. The way the author showed the complex human emotions that went along with the murder was amazing, and even when I wasn't reading the book, I found myself thinking about it. I am an advanced reader for my age(15), and most kids my age would think this book was exceedingly boring, but if you want a book that is going to make you think, this would be one of my suggestions.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2013

    Thought provoking

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Finally read it, not bad

    This is part of this year's Chautauqua reading list, specifically this translation, and all I can truely say is this is a wonderful translation of a really heavy book.

    I found out a few years back that a book like this, translated from Russian, often needs reminder notes to keep track of the plot. The introduction was VERY helpful as I had never read Dostoyesky before. I went back and re-read it afterwards and it really DOES give you info you need to understand the 5 Ws.

    Set in a turbulant changing Russia that really does not want to eject all its intelligenstia, this book reads like a soap opera script. It deals with the changing role of women, the shift in the role of the Church, education, acceptance of the poor, and the Russian penal system. In it's way it is also an historical romance and a book of ethics. I loved how it read until Part 6 when it got verbose and struggled with the polemics. I also loved that it ended with hope after such a dark forbidding story.

    I wouldn't make a steady diet of this kind of book, but its given me a lot to think about

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

    Crime and Punishment is a story about two murders. The book is v

    Crime and Punishment is a story about two murders. The book is very entertaining and keeps you on the edge of your seat. It doesn’t really focus on the murder investigation so much as it how the murderer thinks, that’s part of what makes it so unique. All the characters are explained in depth very well so that there is no confusion. The book may be long but is well worth your time. The author showing the murderer’s thoughts are what kept me intrigued and kept me reading the book. Also, showing the book through the through the eyes of those that are guilty of the crime is just part of what makes it so good. Sometimes, it’s good to see it from a different point of view, When you read a book where they just solve clues and piece it all together, it gets kind of redundant. When you get to see why and how they did it, it makes it a lot more interesting.
    I do wish that more murders accrued all throughout the book just because I found it a little boring in the middle, but when you get towards the end it gets good again. The book is pretty easy to understand what’s going on.
    One thing that I wish had been mentioned in the book is why there was so much poverty and crime that took place in that time frame. I later looked that all up, but I wish it had been mentioned just so it was a little clearer.
    Overall, the book is a great read that makes you not want to do anything but read it. It’s also great if you would like to read a book about the murderer, not the murdered. I’m sure that anyone that loves a good crime book filled with suspense and wonder and that makes you get really curious will love this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006

    Suprisingly Enjoyable!

    I am not usually one for Russian Literature but I found this book to be a suprisingly enjoyable read. The main character had a very intrigueing mental pschye that kept my fellow readers and I on the conversation for hours. The story was also not without a little actin, suspense and even a little romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2006

    Known as the pinacle of Russian literature...

    While i was reading this novel I became frustrated with it many a time. However upon finishing it i feel not only accomplished, but feel that this is really an extraordinary piece of work. Dostoyevsky is a genius in psychology and Raskolnikov's character, while very indecisive, is more human than one could imagine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2005

    A wonderful read!

    This is an excellent piece of literature; anyone who finds it boring and prefers to read children's books (like the Fearless series) is simply not mature enough to handle such a masterpiece!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2001

    A Great Book

    I read Crime and Punishment this school year (school's been over for about 2 weeks now) and think it's great! It isn't exactly a page turner, but if you like 'classic' literature, you might like this well-written and translated novel as well!!

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