Crime and Punishment (Barnes & Noble Collectible Editions)

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Poor and in desperate circumstances, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov plots the murder of a pawnbroker to steal what he considers her ill-gotten gains. To his mind, he is justified in eliminating an unscrupulous person who thrives on the misfortunes of others and using her money for more benevolent purposes. When his well-wrought plans go awry, Raskolnikov finds himself little better off financially, and now, a murderer. Wracked with guilt, he finds himself torn between confessing his crime to clear his ...
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Poor and in desperate circumstances, Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov plots the murder of a pawnbroker to steal what he considers her ill-gotten gains. To his mind, he is justified in eliminating an unscrupulous person who thrives on the misfortunes of others and using her money for more benevolent purposes. When his well-wrought plans go awry, Raskolnikov finds himself little better off financially, and now, a murderer. Wracked with guilt, he finds himself torn between confessing his crime to clear his conscience, or following the path that providence seems to be shaping to help him get away with the perfect crime.
 
First published in 1866, Fyodor Dostoevsky's tale of a tortured conscience turned upon itself is a landmark of Russian literature and one of the most popular novels of all time. This 2011 edition, featuring Constance Garnett's classic translation, is one of Barnes & Noble's Collectible Editions classics. Each voume features authoritative texts by the world's greatest authors in exquisitely designed bonded leather bindings, with distinctive gilt edging and an attractive silk-ribbon bookmark. Decorative, durable, and collectible, these books offer hours of pleasure to readers young and old and are an indispensible cornerstone of any home library.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    My thoughts of the book were that it was good. The things I like

    My thoughts of the book were that it was good. The things I liked about the book were how the author used character descriptions, like how he described Rodya when he is thinking about what he has done, and how he feels. He did a good job making Rodya look like a sociopath or a psychopath. I also like how he made it gripping at parts, like when he is in the woman’s apartment, he really made me feel like I was there, which freaked me out. He captured the fear that Rodya had and the actions he did seemed real.
    But at the same time the book had some faults. One of them was how it would pick up and be exciting but then the next minute it was slow and a little boring. Also the way he speaks gets confusing. Also there are so many details that it gets hard to keep track of what is going on sometimes.
    I would recommend this book people. The people who would enjoy this book are the ones who like thrillers and somewhat disturbing but thought-full realistic fiction. The book gets really dark and almost hard to handle at some points so as long as that doesn’t bother you I would recommend this book to you. Also there are many interesting things that can be learned about Russia from the time period.
    It’s a very thought provoking book as well. It makes you question what would you do if you were in the same stand point of Rodya? Could you live with yourself if you had murdered someone? I know that I couldn’t do that; I would be so stricken with guilt that I couldn’t function.
    I think this would be a good book for a high school student who is a junior or senior. This is because it a very difficult book to read. It is hard to read because the dialogue is very hard to understand at points; also it’s a dark book which some younger grades couldn’t handle. But if I had to rate the book out of 10 I would give it a 9, it was a very good and compelling book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2013

    Unless you either like Dostoevsky, or having trouble sleeping t

    Unless you either like Dostoevsky, or having trouble sleeping then skip this book or check it out from a library first. Only reason why I given it three stores it's because it help sleep during summer nights.

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2015

    About the story: This book is considered a classic and ranks nex

    About the story: This book is considered a classic and ranks next to Tolstoy's works in great Russian literature. It seems like a simple enough plot; man kills 2 women, eventually sent to Siberia. But the most interesting web is woven from this simple strand. It drags you through the psychosomatic world of a truly disturbed and idealistic young man and the friends and family around him. The crime: Murder. The Punishment: the mental agony of living with it. Unlike your typical pulp-crime drama this book pretty much is told exclusively from the criminal's side...the police and their investigation are but a minor thread woven in. For a book written in 1866 and published in a non-English tongue and describing a culture and time so removed from 2015 Dostoyevsky manages to prove he deserves to be considered a great writer from literary history.

    The book itself: This leather bound book is adorned with black and gold to accent the red colored leather. The edges of the book are colored in a sort of tan color that I can only best describe as "camel." It actually looks quite nice. The outer pages are a lovely marbled motif that go well with the whole styling theme. Text is simple and well executed. There are a few minor typographical errors (for example, the word "for" appears once as "f or" with an unintended space between the "f" and "or") but are not really that big a deal. Mainly I didn't notice any spelling or grammatical errors, which is more important than unintentional spaces between letters. The translation (by Garnett) , I have read, is one of the better ones out there, and while I have not read other translations of this book I can say this one worked perfectly. Overall it is a superb collectors edition and worth adding to your personal library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2014

    Classic

    One of my daughter's favorite books

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  • Posted May 8, 2014

    In my opinion, Dostoyevsky is unsurpassed master of the written

    In my opinion, Dostoyevsky is unsurpassed master of the written word.
    His entire work fascinates me.
    "Crime and Punishment" is realistic, psychological novel with social, philosophical and crime elements. This is a novel about a single human character. Facing the social reality, in the poor area of St. Petersburg, but also individual psychic reality of a poor student and his struggle to survive in desperate circumstances.
    The theme and the idea of the novel are contained in the title: the double murder that Raskoljnikov performs and the following punishment (more psychological than physical). That physical punishment contains the idea - the man is punishing and torturing himself more than society can does. There is no excuse for a murder committed, because every life is worth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Read this book for a literature class. Hands down the best and m

    Read this book for a literature class. Hands down the best and most insightful book I read in there. Would highly recommend to anyone willing to read a long, but outstanding book.

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  • Posted April 28, 2013

    Beautiful and Big

    wont unwrap. looks Great on shelf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Great read! Everyone should read through this masterpiece! 

    Great read! Everyone should read through this masterpiece! 

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  • Posted November 6, 2012

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    An amazing novel. Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is a novel

    An amazing novel.

    Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is a novel that everyone must read at some point. This masterpiece truly deserves this beautiful edition. The translation's very good. A good purchase and a must-have to your collection of the leatherbound classics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    Another great addition to the Barnes and Noble leatherbound clas

    Another great addition to the Barnes and Noble leatherbound classics

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