Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

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by Fyodor Dostoevsky
     
 

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Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg ex-student who formulates and executes a plan to kill a hated, unscrupulous pawnbroker seemingly for her money, thereby solving his financial problems and at the same time, he argues, ridding the world of an evil worthless parasite.

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Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished St. Petersburg ex-student who formulates and executes a plan to kill a hated, unscrupulous pawnbroker seemingly for her money, thereby solving his financial problems and at the same time, he argues, ridding the world of an evil worthless parasite. Raskolnikov also strives to be an extraordinary being, similar to Napoleon, who can murder without repercussions. Raskolnikov theorized that there are two types of men: ordinary and extraordinary. He believed that since he was of the latter or a "super-human," that he could justifiably perform what society considered a despicable act - the killing of the pawnbroker - if it led to his being able to do more good through the act. Throughout the book there are examples: he mentions Napoleon many times, thinking that for all the blood he spilled, he was not morally culpable, as he was "above" the conventions of society.

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ISBN-13:
2940013150799
Publisher:
Seven Treasures Publications
Publication date:
07/29/2011
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Crime and Punishment 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 87 reviews.
Quiero_Que_Lo_Lea More than 1 year ago
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.
Justice Petty More than 1 year ago
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.
MistyBlake More than 1 year ago
A commentary as much on his own time as our own. Amazing how he captures the revolution and I can only see one coming our way.
23BullsJordan More than 1 year ago
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. =)
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