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Posted July 8, 2009
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I absolutely adore this book! The reader in this addition is excellent and never bores. The story is awfully long so you'll have to dedicate some time, but listening makes it go by so much faster. I got this as a christmas present and little did i know it would become a favorite.
It is witty and intellectually stimulating, but while dark, it is never overwhelming or depressing. Very interesting and a well written translation.
I read this after finishing THe Man Who Was Thursday, by GK Chesterton, and found they are an interesting combination.
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Posted February 1, 2000
The characters in this book remind you of the worst things in yourself. Raskolnikov, a romantic plagued by his mind, and Svidrigailov, the life swallowing debaucher. A mirror to those who think too much.
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Posted July 5, 2013
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
Posted May 10, 2013
Posted May 3, 2013
I own the Norton Critical Edition, which contains several useful scholarly articles. However, this edition (one of the few I could find of the Coulson translation) contains an introduction which explains several key points: the freedom of the serfs, the issues of alcoholism at the time, and, most importantly, Dostoyevsky's original abstract, which presents his take on Raskolnikov's motives. A wonderful introduction that adds to the novel considerably.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted January 21, 2013
Finding the right version for you through the nook store is difficult. I once bought a Sigmund F book that had so much typos and undecipherable symbols that I could NOT read the book. I doubt we get refunded after we have clicked buy. For the crime and punishment, I was hoping for the macduff translation but they did not have it. I am going to just take a chance on the pevear version for the sample seemed pretty good. The other versions on here had samples that were full of typos like the Sig book I bought or had translations that did not capture the book itself.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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Posted March 1, 2012
In this novel, Dostoevsky takes us into the mind of the criminal for a deep psychological sketch of the person's motivations, feelings, and impulses. The in depth look at the psychology of the criminal mind is enough of a reason to read this book! However, Dostoevsky does not allow us to only see this side of human nature. He is constantly presenting us with examples of people that are willing to scarifice themselves in order to make others happy. The most powerful feature of the book is the renewal of human nature by the power of love!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 28, 2011
I read a couple of Tolstoys books and had hoped this too would be along those lines but I do believe this it the worst book I ever read. I was so relieved when I finished it. I never want to see it again. The murder is at the beginning of the book and you're drug from one misfortune to the next before it ever ends. Guess that's what I get for wanting to read the classics. How on earth could this be a classic I'd like to know?
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Posted August 2, 2011
Some may say its a bad book beecause of the grammar and the fact that they were forced to read it. I was also told to read it, but i loved it. The grammar is simply from being translated and its an amazing book. I do say that its more of an advanced book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 5, 2010
Crime and Punishment is an excellent book full of symbols and messages. Throughout the book, Raskolnikov suffers emotionally and physically as a result of his crime and tries to find redemption by helping the poor and through other activities, but he cannot. He wonders how such great figures such as Napoleon can overstep the law and not feel guilty. However, he finds out that in man's search for redemption, one cannot find redemption through deeds, he must face his crime and the punishment society inflicts. After later being exiled to Siberia, he realizes his redemption and becomes at peace with himself. Very good book for casual reading or more serious educational courses.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I first read this book for an English college class, and I must say, that it hit harder than any book I had read thus far. Dostoevsky poetically covers so many issues relating to humanity, and this is as much a book for psychology and philosophy as it is for English. The characters face poverty, love, destruction, romance, religion, bureaucracy, introspection and more, all within the realm of a simple murder plot. Yet, this book is not some cheesy modern novel written merely for mindless entertainment. To fully grasp the brilliance and mastermind of Dostoevsky, the reader must come to the book with an open and probing mind. Even the color yellow, which is repeated several times, has a meaning. There is significance and symbolism in the smallest details. By the end of the book, Dostoevsky will have you questioning your own self and beliefs like you never have before.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
A very interesting story about a russian peasant and his fatal actions that haunt him for most of his life. He commits a deed that he regrets later on. His family risks everything for the goodness of his sake. He seems so selfish yet he is not because in his inner personality you see a different person that wants to help others but can't because life has him deprived of money. Money buys a lot of things in this book, like in our world today. So Raskolnikov the protoganoist is living in a state of delirium. I could tell you much more, but i suggest you buy the book. It is a Russian Classic by the lovely Feodor Dostoevsky. =)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2009
A philosophy professor at UCLA advised me as a 19-year-old undergrad that I should reread Crime & Punishment by by Fyodor Dostoevsky when I was 50. Therefore, I was searching for a translation that was closest to the original Russian and was advised by Bee Cave Galleria bookseller, Maurice, that we could go to the in-store computer and investigate comments by other readers. There we found that the Pevear / Volokhonsky Translation was most highly recommended and they were right. My thanks to Maurice for his help.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
As with most of the classic Russian greats the books are very detailed and require discipline to finish. However, the content makes it worth every effort. Dostoevsky is on a completely different plane of consciouness and understanding than most men and women of his time and our own. I recommend this, as well as The Brothers Karamazov, for anyone looking for a deeper meaning to the relationships we have with the challenges in our own lives.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 27, 2008
The plan is easy, perfectly planned out and it is not one that hinges on petty thievery either, even if that is how it appear to initially be. No, the killer, a young Russian former student named Raskolnikov now plagued by starvation and poverty, knows the reason behind the crime and he believes he has what it takes to carry out. The target? An old lady that makes most of her living pawning things from poor people and making loans, living with her younger sister whom she mistreats.<BR/><BR/>The plan is carried out at the beginning of the book and as one can probably suspect, it does not go as well as it had been planned, which leaves young Raskolnikov fighting to keep himself afloat, away from pointing fingers and trying to survive his own natural guilt which is making shadows move all around him. What then unfolds is an awesome game of cat and mouse, where a young policeman decides to go head to head with the criminal, using psychology to attempt to beat him.<BR/><BR/>Filled with very fleshed out and interesting characters and a number of intertwining sub plots, it is clear why this book became the classic it is now considered. The story is very interesting, though it must be noted that dialogue can get heavy and that at moments certain conversations can get a bit difficult to follow. However, by far the most bothersome thing about this book that I encountered was remembering the names, not only because they are Russian names I am not used to reading, but because aside from their proper names, the characters are also referred to by their last names and their multiple nicknames or diminutive variations of them. By and large keeping track of this was the most difficult. Thankfully, this edition has a list of names that helps keep track of things. It could be better but it was something.<BR/><BR/>If you are looking for a good classic to read, here is one for you. Even though it is over 700 pages, it actually reads relatively quickly given the number of accounts that keep the pages turning¿I wish I could say the same for ¿Atlas Shrugged¿Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2008
The author draws you in slowly, cunningly, and with great precision. Never have I read a novel where the characters are so real. It's as if the author is painting a masterpiece from the impressionist period. The author has exclaimed on paper what every man feels. Every man believes what they feel, no other man has felt or shared. The author has made human the emotions between good and evil, light, and darkness, shallowness, and depth, depravity, and fortitude. The author has also illuminated and underscored the premise that to suffer, is good. He is right. Would Spring be so welcome if we had no Winter? The guile the author gives the characters is amazing considering this is a novel of the 19th century. That said, this book is such an easy read compared to the fright I had upon beginning it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.